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Upcoming Regional Meetings

Atlanta, Georgia - July 13, 2017

Date: June 8, 2017
Location: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, 1 Coca-Cola Plaza, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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Topic: Student Success Training: A Learning Community for Scholarship Professionals

Hosted by: National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation with support from a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Cost: NSPA Members: $75, Non-Members: $125

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Presentations:

1) Threats to Data Security and Privacy and How to Manage

Speaker: Linn F. Freedman, Partner, Robinson + Cole

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Security Team. She is nationally ranked in CHAMBERS USA: America's Leading Lawyers for business in the area of Privacy Law. She currently serves as general counsel to the Rhode Island Quality Institute. Ms. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. She counsels clients on state and federal data privacy and security investigations.

Ms. Freedman works with companies and organizations to adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high-risk data throughout their organization. She advises them to identify high-risk data—both paper and
electronic—and to implement measures to protect it and help them develop defensible, and reasonable, approaches to comply with constantly evolving regulatory requirements and the risk of a data breach and cyber intrusions.

2) College Advising 101

Speaker: Daniel Eckstein, Regional Director of Programs, Southeast, College Advising Corps

As the Regional Director of Programs, Southeast, Danny oversees programs in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Danny began his career in college access as a college adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps in rural southern Virginia. Since then he has served as an Assistant Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia and most recently as the Assistant Director at the Virginia College Advising Corps. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

3) Approaches to Scholar Selection and Identifying Leadership Qualities in Scholars

Moderator: Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, President, College Success Tools, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

As the College Success Tools leader, Oscar oversees the foundation’s comprehensive college success products and services. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, Oscar was director of student retention and workforce development for the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement. Other past experience includes work with the Oregon Human Development Corporation and with AmeriCorps. Oscar has a bachelor’s in political science and Spanish from the University of Oregon and is a leadership fellow at the Institute of Nonprofit Management at Portland State University.

Panelists: 

Lamont Gordon, Associate Vice President, The Posse Foundation

Lamont Gordon is Associate Vice President at The Posse Foundation, a national college access and urban youth leadership organization. Lamont oversees Career, Graduate, and Fellowship programs, as well as Posse’s Veterans initiative. Prior to this role, Lamont served as executive director of Posse Boston. Before joining Posse, Lamont was a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching and conducting research on urban school reform, the sociology of education, and teachers as social justice educators. In 2006, Lamont became the founding director of education outreach at Brown University, launching an initiative to develop and strengthen partnerships between the University and Providence public schools. Lamont also served as director of admission and financial aid at the Community Preparatory School, an independent middle school in Providence whose primary mission is to prepare low-income students of color for college prep high schools. Lamont holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Brown University.

Chaffee Viets, Director of the Stamps President’s Scholars, Georgia Tech

Chaffee Viets has spent 19 years working with scholarship students nationwide, joining Georgia Tech in August 2011. He has experienced scholarship programs as both a student scholar and an administrator, recognizing the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities faced by highly talented students. Chaffee spent most of his career at NC State University with the Park Scholarships and Caldwell Fellows programs, followed by a cycle with Duke's and UNC-Chapel Hill's Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. Under Chaffee’s tenure at Georgia Tech, the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation made a landmark gift resulting in the renaming of the program he leads as the Stamps President’s Scholars Program.

Jamie Williams, Director of Scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Jamie Williams joined the Foundation in 2015 after almost 20 years advising high-achieving undergraduate and graduate student leaders at Clemson, Emory, and Georgia State Universities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and was the founder and first president of the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators Association. Jamie tries (note emphasis) to read one book a week and to see at least 40 new movies a year – recommendations for both are welcome on Twitter @JamieCCSF.

 

***Save the Date!*** Bloomington, Minnesota - July 13, 2017

Topic: Student Success Training: A Learning Community for Scholarship Professionals

Look for more information in coming weeks!

 

Past Regional Meetings 

Washington, D.C. August 10, 2016

Members: click here to access resources from the regional meeting.

Topic: Student Success Training: A Learning Community for Scholarship Professionals
Hosted by: National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) with support from a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Presentations:

  • Data Privacy + Security: Managing Risks
  • Advocacy in Action: One Non-Profits Efforts to Stop Scholarship Award Displacement
  • The Importance of Grit for College Success: What We Know about it and How We Can Grow It
  • A Federal Legal and Policy Primer on Scholarships Key Non-discrimination Principles and Actionable Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education and Private Scholarship Providers
  • Let’s Talk about Timing: Early FAFSA, Admissions & Scholarships

Hartford, Connecticut, June 22, 2016

Members: click here to access resources from the regional meeting.

Topic: Data Security and Protection of Personal Information

Presentations:

  • A Federal Legal and Policy Primer on Scholarships: Key Non-discrimination Principles and Actionable Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education and Private Scholarship Providers
  • Scholarship Award Displacement
  • Nudging Students Towards Success
  • Scholarship Program Models and Effective Practices 
Houston, Texas - July 29, 2015

Members: click here to access resources from the regional meeting.

Presentations:

  • Online Degrees - Discussion on the current state of online degrees and the impact on scholarship providers. 
  • DACA Students - Effective practices on working with DACA students regarding navigating the student financial aid process, how the Texas version of the FAFSA plays a role, and where to access legal guidelines to help your organization work with DACA Students. 
  • Community College and Technical Degrees - Effective practices for working with students on community college and technical degrees and the importance these programs have in our community for future jobs.
  • Award Displacement - Impact of Award Displacement on Students and their Families and recommendations for colleges, universities, policymakers and scholarship providers. 
  • Grade Point Average Evaluation & Standards - Effective practices in evaluating grade point averages for scholarship awards and college/university admissions. 
Los Angeles & Berkeley, California - August 2014

Members: click here to access resources from the regional meeting.

Topic: Back to School Student Success Training: A Learning Community for College Access, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Professionals

Presentations:

  • Using FAFSA completion as a measure of college readiness and as the gateway to Cal Grants, and other public and private financial aid.
  • Partnering with colleges and universities to bridge college completion supports of students.
  • Beyond IQ and SAT: The Essential Role of Non-Cognitive Competencies in College Student Success
  • Working to mitigate the negative impacts of award displacement
  • Using technology to alleviate “summer melt” and to scale programming efforts.

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