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Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12-4pm 

Addressing Biases and Barriers: How to Encourage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Scholarship Programs

How can we support students, especially from underrepresented communities, on their journey of applying for scholarships? What systems are in place that inherently harbor bias or are ridden with challenges to student success, that we should be aware of? This workshop explores the social, economic, and institutional barriers that can prevent the full participation of students in the scholarship process. We will examine key areas, including:
1) scholarship readiness, 2) access to opportunities, 3) outcomes of the application and review process, and 4) feedback for program improvement. Utilizing a critical diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, we will explore the systemic factors that contribute to the current state of scholarship programming today, and how to utilize purposeful strategies to mitigate bias and alleviate potential barriers to success for a wider spectrum of individuals.

Members: $145, Non-Members: $175
* Please note that the Pre-Conference Workshop is an additional cost to the Full Conference.  

Farzana Nayani
Tony Leonard
Cassy Huang
Jayda Shuavarnnasri
Farzana Nayani
Diversity & Inclusion/Intercultural Specialist, Manazil Management, LLC 

Farzana Nayani is a Diversity & Inclusion and Strategic Communications specialist. She is the Founder & CEO of Manazil Management, LLC - a brand management and communications strategy firm. She has worked with corporations, non-profit organizations, public agencies, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools as a consultant and trainer on diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, educational outreach, and community engagement. Farzana’s advisory work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), entrepreneurship, and economic development has taken her to engagements across the country, including the White House and Silicon Valley. Her subject matter expertise on Asia-Pacific community relations is recognized in her work with institutions like the Smithsonian and the East-West Center. A featured author, keynote speaker, and coach, Farzana is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (R) and advises clients on personal branding and cultural awareness. A parent and community advocate, she is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Tony Leonard
Promise Scholars Program Manager, First Graduate

Tony Leonard is the Senior Manager of the Promise Scholars Program at First Graduate in San Francisco, CA. He coaches first-generation college students toward academic and career excellence. Tony's ideas helped shape the college coaching philosophy at First Graduate. He believes that supporting complex human beings requires a holistic approach that focuses on emotional, physical, social, and financial health. Before joining First Graduate, Tony worked for nine years at UC Berkeley, the last three as Neuroscience Graduate Program Coordinator. Tonyhas presented and facilitated workshops at national conferences on subjects including data and intuition, college and career coaching, funder-program relationships, social justice and privilege, and structural barriers to student success. He was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Helios College Knowing and Going Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. Tony is a Coro Youth Development Fellow. He has a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.A. from New York University.

Cassy Huang
Program Manager, UC Berkeley Public Service Center

As a first-generation college graduate and immigrant, Cassy seeks to create meaningful, progressive social change for underserved communities. Currently, she supports leadership development and civic engagement of undergraduates at UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She manages the Alternative Breaks program, Student Initiated Community Projects, and Residential Service Initiative. Prior to UC Berkeley, Cassy worked in K-12 public and charter schools, and various nonprofit organizations for 8 years with the goal of increasing access and persistence in higher education for traditionally underrepresented, first-generation college bound students. Cassy holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Psychology and minor in Education and Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Prevention Science and Practice. She also serves as the Co-chair for Destination College Alumni Association Board of Directors, which aims to provide networking, professional development, and graduate scholarship opportunities for former Destination College Advising Corps Fellows.

Jayda Shuavarnnasri
College and Career Success Coach, First Graduate

Jayda manages the College and Career Success team at First Graduate, and advises approximately 35 first generation students attending colleges across the country. Her coaching approach relies on building meaningful and supportive relationships, with the goal of empowering each student to reach their academic and personal goals.

Jayda is originally from Orange County and has worked in youth development programs for several years, including group homes, after-school programming, and college advising. She is a first-generation college student and received her undergraduate degree at CSU Fullerton, studying Human Services, where she developed her passion for serving her community and also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She then continued her education to receive her Master’s at in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego. Throughout her career she has worked and interned for several nonprofit organizations, domestically and abroad, with the goal of making the world a better place.

Aside from working towards educational equity, Jayda is passionate about social justice issues, particularly in regards to gender and racial identity. She currently serves as a Rape Crisis Counselor with San Francisco Women Against Rape, where she advocates for survivors of sexual assault.

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