Conference Details | Registration | Hotel  | Keynote | Sessions

Conference Session Information 

Track 1: Student Wellness Sessions

Financial Life Lines:  Emergency Funds Programs For Students in  Crisis

For many years Portland Community College has offered emergency loans for students experiencing unexpected financial barriers. In 2016, this program has had many incarnations and was recently revised to improve student access while still ensuring fiscal accountability. That same year, Students at PCC initiated an activity fee to counter food and housing insecurity among the student population. This proposal included funding or emergency grants for students experiencing sudden financial  need. This session outlines the development of the Emergency Grant program in conjunction with the Emergency Loans program, shares data and insights from the first year of our new process and explores the future evolution of emergency financial funds for students at  PCC.

The Heart of the Matter – Food and Housing Insecurity Impacts Student Success

Food insecurity or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food is common at colleges across the country, undermining the educational success of thousands of students. Studies show food insecurity goes hand in hand with housing insecurity. Find out how students and staff at Portland Community College increased their student activity fee to create housing grants and food bank partnerships. This presentation will showcase how the program was created and funded, how it has evolved over the years, and how it now provides access to support for food, housing, child care, transportation, and other emergency needs.

Cultivating Student Resilience: A Pathway for College  Success

College students experience numerous stressors and barriers as part of college. Some of these are related to difficult and challenging life experiences which include being away from home, life stressors, trauma-related experiences, and learning to live with a disability. Resilience and resilience cultivation are essential components and strategies to help people cope with such challenges and life changes. Therefore, the focus of this presentation is to help professionals increase their knowledge and understanding of resilience by learning about resilience, its applicability to persons with disabilities and students experiencing personal distress, identifying resilience-based factors, and ideas to promote and cultivate resilience.

Supporting Students Across The Spectrum

There has been a dramatic increase of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the United States in the past fifteen years, with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with ASD. Research has shown that nearly one third of the ASD community meets requirements to enter college, and of those students with ASD who do attend college, approximately 20% persist to graduation. It has become increasingly important to understand the dynamics of environment navigation for students with ASD. This presentation will share relevant information and suggested practices that will promote student success and thriving for students with ASD.

Creating Wellness Plans to Support Student Affairs Professionals:  Learn how to utilize Positive  Psychology to Overcome Compassion Fatigue  and Support Student Wellness

In this workshop you will learn to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and discover Positive Psychology tools to be emotionally ready to serve students who are in crisis. You will create a wellness intervention plan to practice authentic self-care, incorporating mindfulness principles and an awareness of your personal values as they align with supporting student wellness.

Why make more than a Single Stop to get the help you need?

Every campus is facing students living in poverty and struggling with how to support them. This session will describe the implementation of a Single Stop office, where the goal is to connect students to resources to address their needs relative to persisting in school and completing their degrees. These services enable those individuals to complete their education, obtain good jobs, and achieve financial self-sufficiency. In this session we will do a live technology demo with audience participation, followed by a Q&A.

Track 2:  Equity & Inclusion Sessions

Pathways to Opportunity and STEP: Closing Opportunity Gaps for Community College Students Across Oregon

Pathways to Opportunity is a statewide initiative designed to expand awareness of federal, state, and local resources available to students facing financial hardship. Unmet financial need is a barrier to completing college for many students. Finding solutions is a social justice and equity issue and an economic development imperative for our communities. The Community College STEP (SNAP 50/50) Consortia is a key strategy. It creates pathways for SNAP recipients to build skills, complete college credentials, and move into careers offering economic mobility. Hear how colleges are working together, collaborating with state partners, and implementing this work locally.

Students with Disabilities and Career/Technical Education: A Meta-Analysis

Career and Technical Education (CTE) data shows a 13-point gap between the CTE enrollment of all students and that of students with disabilities. However, when they do enroll, students with disabilities attend college the year following high school graduation at a rate that exceeds their peers. Why? And, how can we increase the participation of students with disabilities? The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are working together in a continuous improvement professional development project, Program Improvement Process for Equity (PIPE), to analyze inequities, identify root causes, and develop action plans to address those inequities.

Equity and Inclusion Achieved Through Traditional and Non Traditional Recruiting and Retention Strategies

This presentation explores traditional and non-traditional strategies used creatively in recruiting and retaining women and minorities in PCC’s CTE Program: Microelectronics Technology (MT). Among those non-traditional strategies, one is the S-STEM NSF (National Science Foundation) scholarship program and the other is strong engagement with high tech industry partners. The impact of the S-STEM project (“Mentoring in MT”, aka “MeMT”) and a brief guide to an NSF-STEM project proposal submission will be discussed. Student support methods that led to 100% job placement for MT Program graduates will be included in the presentation.

The Men of Color Center for Excellence in Education – Towards a Paradigm  Shift

A substantive look at the development and launch of the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, Men of Color Center of Excellence in Education, (MoCCEE). The MoCCEE functions as a research and success/retention center focused specifically on supporting Men of Color at Portland Community College – Cascade Campus. The Center is rooted in a holistic paradigm that approaches advocacy, policy, research, and student development through a strengths-based framework. The MoCCEE leverages the intersections of its First Year Experience, Peer-Mentoring Program, and Staff/Faculty Development Program to serve and inform Campus and District-wide student needs and College Policy.

Space Matters: Race, Equity, and Design

This presentation offers insights from a community college initiative designed to apply Critical Race Theory (CRT) to explore how college space—material objects, spatial arrangements, and built environments — functions to maintain and reproduce inequity. An under-examined dimension of equity and inclusion, this innovative project engaged college leaders, architects, and campus planners in an examination of the hidden curriculum of college space. A cohort of students of color participated as co-researchers to explore socio-spatial experiences of students and expose how space matters. Student participants from the project will share inquiry strategies and preliminary findings. This project was also part of a dissertation study.

Student Veterans on Your College Campus

Each year thousands of service members leave the military for civilian life. As part of their transition, many veterans enroll in a post-secondary education program. The transition from a highly structured military environment to a college or university can be overwhelming for veterans. We will discuss issues student veterans face when transitioning into college. This session will present tools with practices to be used by faculty and staff. You will also be introduced to the Green Zone Training model which provides knowledge to understand and appreciate the unique challenges and strengths of student veterans.  

Achieving Equity in Guided  Pathways

Higher education institutions around Oregon are implementing Guided Pathways and related initiatives. These initiatives promote students’ academic and career paths to success and often involve institutional transformation. Equity is a key goal of Guided Pathways and many related initiatives. However, equitable outcomes are often difficult to implement or measure. In existing guidance, specifics about how institutions can or will achieve and measure equitable student outcomes through these initiatives are often lacking. This presentation provides examples and strategies to help institutions plan for equitable initiative outcomes. Participants are invited to share and examine their current processes throughout the workshop.

Supporting Students Across The Spectrum




Organization representing student services administrators for Oregon's 17 Community Colleges