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Volunteer State Community College

1480 Nashville Pike

Gallatin, TN 37066

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2016 Avancemos Juntos Hispanic Higher Education Conference

Friday April 8, 2016 from 7:30am-3:30pm

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, TN

This sixth annual conference is designed to bring together higher education professionals, secondary school educators and community members from across Tennessee and the Mid-South. We will share ideas, talk about challenges and discuss how we can work together. The focus of the conference will be outreach, access and support for Hispanic students.

This event is free and open to everyone. A light breakfast and lunch are included as part of the conference. Registration is available now and limited to 100 participants.

2016 Avancemos Juntos Agenda

7:30am-8am: Breakfast and registration

8am: Welcome

8:10am-8:45am: Group Session

Conexión Américas: Tennessee Outreach and Advocacy

Gini Pupo-Walker, Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth, Conexión Américas, Nashville.

An update on a statewide strategy for education recently taken on by Conexión Américas.

9am-10am: Group Session

Sparks Fly, Students Soar! Resources and Support for Latino Students in East Tennessee

Cyndi Sweet, Interim Executive Director for Admissions and Financial Aid, Maryville College; Cynthia Manning-Dirl, Fulton High School College & Career Access Team Leader, Project GRAD Knoxville; and Crystal Colter, Crystal Colter, Associate Professor of Psychology, Maryville College, Maryville, TN.

Partnerships among colleges, high schools, and community organizations are a critical component in supporting college access, retention, and graduation for Latino students. Organizational models and individual project examples will be shared from Knoxville and surrounding counties, a region of Tennessee where the Latino population has seen tremendous growth over the past decade.

10:15am-11:15am: Group Session

Helping DACA Students at Walters State

Michelle Mitrik, Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of English as a Second Language, Walters State Community College, Morristown.

2015 has been an interesting year for DACA students at Walters State. Unlike many state schools, we had offered in-state tuition rates for DACA students who attended part-time. But, with EVEA definition changes at the state level, this practice ceased. The 58 students who were attending part-time at in-state rates were sent letters telling them that they could no longer pay in-state rates effective January 2016. The college and community response to this change, and the educational choices made by our students will be the focus of this presentation.

11:15am-11:30am: Break

11:30am-11:45am: Lunch Begins

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch Continues and Keynote Group Session

Keynote Speakers

Dr. L. Randolph Lowry III, President of Lipscomb University; and Laura Delgado, Program Director, Pionero Scholars Program, Lipscomb University, Nashville.

Lipscomb University has been active in Hispanic outreach and student support for several years. Through the creation of an Assistant Dean and Director of Intercultural Development, and scholarships eligible to all students, including those who are undocumented, Lipscomb has not only supported Hispanic higher education, but has institutionalized it as part of the college administration. Dr. Lowry will talk to us about how they have achieved this and what they plan for the future. Laura Delgado will update us on the new scholarship promoting teacher diversity at Lipscomb, and engage us in conversation around the landscape of teacher diversity nationwide and in Nashville and an analysis of future possibilities

1:00pm-1:45pm: Group Session

Hola CBU: Hispanic Student Recruitment and Support

Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Christian Brothers University; and Jennifer Alejo, Director of Cultural Enrollment Initiatives, Christian Brothers University, Memphis.

In 2014, CBU launched Hola CBU with the intent of meeting the needs of our Latino students. However, we quickly learned that this dynamic organization would also enhance our community by integrating culture, enthusiasm, and compassion into our campus life. Hola CBU seeks to support and uplift Latino students in the tradition of the Lasallian Christian Brothers, which provides education to give hope and opportunity for people to lead better lives of dignity and freedom. In addition to academic achievement, Hola CBU also fosters student growth in the areas of service and leadership development. An extension of Hola CBU is our Latino Student Success Scholarship Program (LSS), which is dedicated to offering scholarships and loans to students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA.

2pm-3:30pm: 45 minute roundtable discussion sessions led by organizations with proven success, designed for people to switch tables twice.

Topics will include: Connecting High School Students with Colleges, Hispanic Student Success, ESL and Hispanic Outreach, and Hispanic Student Recruitment Strategies, among others.


Volunteer State Community College is located 30 miles northeast of Nashville at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, TN 37066. The conference will be held in the Nichols Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center.

From Nashville take I-65 north to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Blvd. You will travel several miles to exit 14, Greenlea Blvd. You will see a sign pointing to the back entrance of the college. Go left and then right. Use this entrance and at the T intersection take a right and then another left. You will see the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center in front of you. Parking will be reserved for attendees in the parking lot you will be facing. It will be marked by orange cones. Go up the stairs to the campus side entrance of the Wood Center (near Caudill Hall). Take a left down the hallway as you enter the building. You will find a welcome table at the end of the hall.

Lodging is available within two miles of the college. The Quality Inn provides a special Vol State rate of $68 a night. The Hampton Inn offers a general rate of $119 and up a night.

Quality Inn of Gallatin

1001 Village Green Crossing
Gallatin, TN 37066
615- 451-4494

Hampton Inn of Gallatin

980 Village Green Crossing

Gallatin, TN 37066


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Gallatin, TN 37066

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