January 2, 2014

3/14 3rd Annual Supporting Excellence Conference


Supporting Excellence: A Public University's Role In An Age of Mass Incarceration of Communities of Color with special guest, Max Kenner, Founder and Executive Director of The Bard Prison Initiative

Macaulay Honors College Diversity Initiative is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Supporting Excellence Conference.  Founded by a group of Goldsmith Scholars at Macaulay, the Supporting Excellence Initiative seeks to examine and address the issues that underrepresented students confront at American colleges today.   

This year, the Supporting Excellence Conference will explore ways in which CUNY and other public institutions can better respond to the institutional forces that have marginalized and criminalized the city's communities of color.  Conference sessions will feature scholars, activists, and professionals working on the front lines of this struggle--who will share strategies by which  educators, administrators and community activists can successfully work with students and families in at-risk communities. (This New York Times op-ed piece has more info.)

Supporting Excellence: A Public University's Role in an Age of Mass Incarceration of Communities of Color

Conference Schedule

9:00am – 9:40am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:45am – 10:45am
Opening Keynote Dialogue: Disrupting the "primary school to prison" pipeline:  How might CUNY strengthen its response to this problem?

Ms. Saundra Thomas, Vice President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV

Ms. Janet Garcia, PhD. Candidate, Rutgers University, Macaulay/Hunter Class of 2011

Mr. Hernan Carvente, Research Assistant | Vera Institute of Justice, John Jay College Class of 2014

11:00am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session #1: Increasing Engagement, Enrollment & Retention of Current and Formerly Incarcerated Young Adults  -- Bianca Van Heydoorn, Director of Educational Initiatives, John Jay College Prisoner Re-entry Institute

Breakout Session #2: Utilizing a Holistic Defense Model to Address the Problems Faced by Teens who are Prosecuted as Adults and The Criminalization of Student Activism on 21st Century College Campuses -- Jenay Nurse, Bronx Defenders, The Adolescent Defense Project, and Alyssia Osorio, City College Class of 2014

Breakout Session #3: At Risk Youth Empowerment Through Arts Programming -- Gwendolen Hardwick, Artistic and Education Director, CUNY Creative Arts Team, and Keith Johnston, Program Director for the College/Adult Program, CUNY Creative Arts Team

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Keynote: Max Kenner, Founder and Executive Director of The Bard Prison Initiative

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Optional Working Discussion Groups for Networking and Development of Action Items


Macaulay Honors College
Friday, March 14, 2014



A detailed agenda and list of speakers will be available soon. Contact vanessa.iaffa@mhc.cuny.edu or Drew Adair at Andrew.adair@mhc.cuny.edu

 View event invitation.

 View program for speaker bios.


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