Student Success Summit Schedule for Friday, Feb 5


Increasing Access to Data Skills at UO

Summit Theme(s): Well educated, Collaboration


  • Gabriele Hayden, Increasing Access to Data Education at UO, Data Services Dept, UO Libraries
  • Jake Searcey, Associate Director of AI, Research Advanced Computing Services
  • Mike Coleman, Computational Scientist, Research Advanced Computing Services
  • Cameron Mulder, Statistical Consultant, Data Services Department, University of Oregon Libraries
  • Andrew Muehleisen, Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the Data Science Initiative 

About the session:

Students across disciplines are increasingly expected to have skills in data literacy, basic programming, statistics, or even machine learning in order to succeed in their coursework and in their post-college careers. Yet students are often not fully served by existing courses. In some cases, students need a series of short workshops to develop the background necessary to succeed in a college-level programming course. In other cases, graduate students or faculty need to build skills they can immediately apply to their teaching or research. In this panel discussion, we discuss how we are working together across the university to fill these gaps, with a focus on equity and on reaching students traditionally excluded from data and computing-intensive training. We are also interested in hearing from audience members working to support student success across the university about where they perceive gaps and needs. During the first half of the hour, panelists will offer three brief (7 minute) presentations on how the Libraries, Research Advanced Computing, and the Data Science Initiative support data education. We will reserve the second half of the hour for guided conversation and questions. 

Reaching Out: Student Mental Health

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience


  • Mariko Lin, Assistant Director & Education and Prevention Outreach Director, University Counseling Services 
  • Suzie Stadelman, Education and Prevention Outreach Coordinator, University Counseling Services 

​​​​​​About the session:

We all know these moments well. We are concerned about a student and we want to be supportive, but some times feel uncertain of what to say or what to do. While you might not be a mental health professional, there are many ways to be of support to students and demonstrate your care. This presentation provides participants the opportunity to learn how to reach out to students of concern and what resources are available for them to access. There will also be a portion of the session for an open discussion to consult with University Counseling Services staff about how to address situations that have arisen for you when providing support. 

University Housing and Undergraduate Education and Student Success: A Collaborative Partnership for Student Success

Summit Theme(s): Well educated, Collaboration


  • Christabelle Dragoo, Director, McNair Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program
  • Kevin Hatfield, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Distinguished Scholarships, Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement and Office of Distinguished Scholarships
  • Lanch McCormick, Director of Student Engagement, Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement and Office of Distinguished Scholarships
  • Karl Reasoner, Senior Program Manager, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Office of Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Jessica Winders, Assistant Director Academic Residential Research Initiatives, University Housing and Undergraduate Education and Student Success

​​​​​​About the session:

Undergraduate research, scholarly activities, learning communities and capstone projects are all proven methods to enrich the student experience. Join us to see how we integrate our work and these methods to provide opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Oregon. We will discuss a model for integrating high-impact practices into first-year experiences and University Housing’s residential curriculum. The session will assess specific strategies for fostering access, equity, and engagement with core educational opportunities of the research university with incoming residential students (FTFT and Transfer). Some of the strategies include Academic Residential Communities, Residential Communities, Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty Fellows, Peer Mentorship, and the Residential Curriculum. This innovative multi-divisional collaboration dovetails the work of the allied offices and programs of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE), Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS), Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research Symposium, and Affiliated Students of Undergraduate Research and Engagement (ASURE) in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success; the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation; and the Academic Residential and Research Initiatives Team in University Housing. Ultimately, these partnerships endeavor to build a robust academic structure for students, starting in their first year. 


Informing Assessment with the Undergraduate Profile

Summit Theme(s): Graduation, Collaboration, Equity


  • Claire Matese, Interim Director of Student Success Analytics, Undergraduate Education and Student Success
  • Austin Hocker, Assistant Director of Research and Assessment, Office of the Provost

​​​​​​About the session

Every year the Office of Institutional Research publishes Undergraduate Profiles for each academic department that offers an undergraduate major. These reports are intended to provide departments with high-level information about the demographics and academic outcomes of their undergraduate majors. However many departments are unaware that these reports are available; and even when they are familiar with the report, they are unsure of how to interpret and act upon the information therein. 

Each attendee will receive a copy of an Undergraduate Profile report that is relevant to the unit in which they work. The presenters will (1) review the contents of the report; (2) provide time for participants to review and reflect upon the report; (3) solicit feedback about the reports; and (4) offer ideas for how departments might use the report to assess and improve upon the undergraduate experience in their department. 

Strengthening Community and Engagement among Student Activist Leaders during a Pandemic

NEW DATE/TIME - This session was originally scheduled for Wed, Feb 3 at 10:15am.

Summit Theme(s): Social responsibility, Collaboration, COVID


  • Karyn Schultz, Administrative Program Assistant, Dean Of Students/Women's Center
  • Fatima Pervaiz, Director, Dean Of Students/Women's Center

​​​​​​About the session

A presentation and discussion for staff and advisers who support student activist leaders. The UO Women’s Center staff will share work structures, meeting parameters and activities that have strengthened internal community and engagement with our ongoing mission. The staff will then moderate a discussion with participants, sharing their most successful community and engagement practices.


  1. A brief description of Women’s Center Staff, and how they interact.
    1. underrepresented marginalized student staff with many intersecting identities.
    2. structure of the student positions:
      1. leadership development
      2. Work-Study.
    3. working as a feminist collective.
  2. Setting the stage: safe, vulnerable spaces
    1. Using a trauma informed, student and survivor centered, intersectional feminist lens.
    2. Community expectations and meeting guidelines based on feminist principles.
    3. Leading with the group - check-ins modeled by returning staff.
    4. What takes the place of the physical "safe space"?
  3. Setting expectations; supporting activists to achieve their goals.
    1. Effective weekly one-on-one meetings with students.
    2. Adjusting expectations in a virtual environment.
  4. Connecting our work back to our mission.
    1. Changing society, ending oppression, supporting personal growth - how does our work support our mission?
  5. Educating our group so we can educate others.
    1. Coordinator education themes.
    2. Integrating office assistants into coordinators' projects.
    3. Foundational work - exploring "what is feminism"?
    4. Agency in choosing what to learn.


  1. What did your students like doing the most this past term?
  2. What supports longevity in your student leader activist groups?
  3. How do you make it "safe" for your students to engage in activism?
  4. What keeps your students engaged, focused, showing up, and doing the work - throughout the term?
  5. What are you looking forward to implementing in upcoming "virtual" terms?
  6. What does "educational" and "foundational" work look like in your organization?

Unpacking and Acknowledging the 3 P’s of Change from 2020 and Beyond (Roundtable)

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience


Wellness Ambassadors Team 

  • Bryon Booker, Assistant Director, Catering and Conference Services 
  • Lindsey Salfran, Emergency Management Program Specialist, Safety and Risk Services
  • Rebecca Corral, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students

​​​​​​About the session

2020 was a year that came with intense change; Physical, Professional, and Personal (3 P's) impacts that were experienced by all of us in some capacity. This presentation will holistically unpack the 3 P's of those adjustments at the University of Oregon and together, we will explore pathways of wellness in order to acknowledge and honor those influences that have affected us individually. Our discoveries will not only assist us in navigating present challenges and changes, but also ignite us to prepare for the future pivots that we will inevitably make as we continue to navigate through COVID19.  


Hello, My Name Is: An Exploration into Names, Identity, and Student Success

Summit Theme(s): Social responsibility, Equity


  • Kenlei Cowell, Global Connections - Academic & Career Advisor, Tykeson College and Career Advising, Undergraduate Education and Student Success

​​​​​​About the session:

It's not always easy to realize how we can make immediate changes to our own daily student support practices without the support of systemic reform. In concert with other equity-focused practices, properly pronouncing a student’s name can deeply impact their sense of belonging by validating cultural and personal identity and offering the opportunity to build positive and respectful relationships in the community. 

Through simulation and discussion, this workshop will allow all participants to feel the frustrations associated with being questioned about their name, explore educational psychology foundations surrounding the lasting impacts of proper name pronunciation, and discover ways to implement asking for and remembering name pronunciation. 

Theatre in a Time of Pandemic: New Voices 2020

Summit Theme(s): Career readiness, COVID


  • Michael Malek Najjar, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts
  • Undergraduate student presenters
    • Morgan James
    • Anakin Welp

​​​​​​About the session:

This presentation will focus on UO Theatre Arts Professor Michael Malek Najjar's Introduction to Playwriting course (TA 490) during the Fall 2020 term. Where Professor Najjar always has students write plays for this course, they were never produced for an audience. However, given the remote courses that were required during this academic year, the students were asked to write Zoom plays that would be produced online with the Department of Theatre Arts. Student playwrights were paired with other students, theatre professionals, and former UO alumni who directed their plays. Student stage managers and costume coordinators were assigned to oversee all rehearsals and performances. Faculty designers assisted students in the production of the plays for a Zoom format. All of this culminated in "New Voices 2020" which was held on December 3, 4, and 5 2020, and broadcast on the UO Theatre Arts YouTube channel. A digital anthology of the plays was later compiled by Professor Najjar. This project is a great example of student success since the students literally went from the inspiration to write new plays to realizing full productions of these plays within a 10-week term. This rich collaboration with students, faculty, and community members demonstrated the resilience of our University of Oregon students, and their ability to overcome the difficulties they faced during this pandemic. What resulted was a rich festival of performance that reminded all of us of the need for connection, collaboration, and empathy during this overwhelmingly difficult time we are all facing. 

Where's the Learning in Student Employment?

Summit Theme(s): Career readiness


  • Trish Dorman, Associate Director for Business and Operations, Physical Education and Recreation

​​​​​​About the session:

The expectation for student learning and engagement during college now extends beyond the classroom, with the recognition that outside-of-class experiences make an important contribution to student learning, growth, and development. On-campus student employment, if structured effectively, has the potential to provide meaningful learning and engagement opportunities supporting student success for the 3,200 undergraduate students employed by the University of Oregon annually. In this presentation, I will share my dissertation research exploring the reciprocal relationships between individual, social, and organizational factors influencing learning in on-campus student employment. Using a conceptual framework informed by theories on student engagement and sociocultural workplace learning, we will consider how campus employment can be a catalyst for competency-development and meeting student learning outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the conditions that facilitate learning experiences in campus employment and leave with practical strategies for application in their own workplace. 

12:45PM - 1:45PM CLOSING SESSION ​​​​​

Closing Session

Remarks by Kimberly Johnson, Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and Incoming Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Small group discussions among participants to connect with each other and reflect on takeaways from the summit