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The TRIO SSS Programs Leading and Learning Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community members to share knowledge that impacts success in higher education. It is a five-day, individual development opportunity coordinated by the TRIO Student Support Services programs with presentations and workshops by faculty, staff, students, and NEIU supporters.

Interested in presenting in the future? Contact us at triosss@neiu.edu.

All presentations will be virtual via Zoom.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Bite-Sized Self-Care

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 379166

Presenter: Nithya Karpagavinayagam, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Discover what mindfulness is and how to integrate it into your daily routine. Presentation will include an introductory 10-minute guided meditation.

From a 2.68 GPA in College to a 3.78 in Graduate School: Navigating Challenges, Disabilities, and Resources

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 894044

Presenter: Joshua Friedberg, NEIU alum
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation from an award-winning published author and speaker summarizes how he worked through challenges, including challenges related to his disabilities, to become successful in graduate school, and in the work world after an academically difficult college experience.

MentorCity: Student-Alumni Mentoring Platform

12:55-1:45 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 35355

Presenter: Ashley Agron, NEIU Alumni Relations
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The NEIU Alumni Association is proud to announce a partnership with MentorCity. This online platform provides positive student-alumni mentoring relationships for NEIU students. The premise is that throughout your life and career, there are times when you can benefit from the advice, guidance and support of a mentor. By sharing their expertise and experiences, mentors guide mentees in the right direction.

Imposter Syndrome

2-3 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 300357

Presenter: Jonathan Parks, TRIO SSS Director, Distinguished Speaker
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Many students arrive at the doorsteps of a university feeling they don’t belong. There are many social and economic factors at play that build this narrative. This session will explore and dive into the narrative students don’t hear.

Managing College Costs

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 820370

Presenter: Ryan Fulgham, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

An overview of some cost saving strategies to get students thinking about their college budget. Topics include how to plan your college financing, as well as strategies for saving money without losing out on academic opportunities. Increasing a student’s financial base, scholarships, and working on campus are also discussed.

Mindfulness, A Way of Life

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 428511
Presenter: Richie Heard, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Mindfulness is a quality that every human has the potential to possess; it’s not something we have to conjure up, we simply have to learn how to access it. In this workshop, participants will learn what mindfulness is and how to incorporate the practice in their daily lives.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Writing Process (Part 1)

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 915649

Presenter: Amanda Kmetz, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Have a paper to write but not sure how to begin? This presentation goes over the first two steps of the writing process, planning and drafting, to help you brainstorm, organize, and begin writing your essays.

Goal Setting

12:15-1:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 975359

Presenter: Erin Long, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

A goal setting workshop that will set time for students to focus on themselves and their wants in life. It will build on the general knowledge of goal setting but also force students to take action now.

Strategies for Your Teaching Position Interview

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 77434

Presenter: Catherine (Cate) Wycoff, NEIU Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching Office, Goodwin College of Education
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation is designed to prepare students for their teaching position interview. We will discuss what an individual needs to do prior to the actual interview, what questions he/she may be asked by school administration, what questions he/she should ask during the interview, and how to make the best impression when interviewing virtually.

Become a F.A.N. of the NEIU Alumni Association

3:05-4 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 865620

Presenter: Ashley Agron, NEIU Alumni Relations
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

You can become a student member of the NEIU Alumni Association and receive your alumni benefits early! Participate in student philanthropy traditions, volunteer, apply for scholarships offered by the Office of Alumni Relations and engage with NEIU alumni.

Study Abroad Opportunities

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 292573

Presenter: Claudia Gonzalez, NEIU Office of International Programs
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Students who are curious or want to study abroad are welcome to know what opportunities NEIU has to offer while studying at school and after graduation. We will show students who our partner universities are.

Cash Course: Exploring a Free Tool for Financial Literacy

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 437153

Presenter: Rachel Schaffnit, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The presentation will give an overview of CashCourse, including how to sign up and a highlight of some of its features.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Exploring the TRIO SSS Programs Strengths and Skills Platform

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 407881
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Come explore and learn about the many resources available on the TRIO SSS Strengths and Career Guide online platform. Attendees of this workshop will select from a variety of career development activities to try and share their insights with others. Activities include those that orient participants based on their strengths, interests, and values, as well as those that facilitate setting career goals around needed skills/experiences. All participants will walk away with a sense of next steps and in their own journeys of self-exploration and career planning.

The Power of Mentorship

11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 409390
Presenter: Idaro Eno, America Needs You Organization

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

First-generation college students graduate at a rate of 11%. Having to navigate unfound territory, students need support and guidance to successfully graduate. America Needs You works to address that graduation gap by providing first-generation college students holistic case support, an intensive network system, and most importantly, mentorship. Paired one-to-one with a Mentor Coach, they work together in our bi-weekly career development workshops. Mentors are critical to student success because they provide support, accountability, and a listening ear for students as they navigate higher education.

Effective Communication

12:55-1:45 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 331680

Presenter: Jonathan Parks, TRIO SSS Director, Distinguished Guest Speaker
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Participants will be given different scenarios beforehand, relevant to their school, TRIO program, or job, and will have the freedom to reply as they see fit e.g., email, text, verbally. We will discuss if participants selected the proper technique and method to reach their required goal using their MBTI preference

All About Scholarship

2:20-3:10 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 677414

Presenter: Ryan Fulgham, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

An introduction to the process of applying for scholarships. We will go over the basics of scholarship applications, tips on how to submit a successful application, and where to find reputable sources of information.

Study Abroad Opportunities

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 153244

Presenter: Claudia Gonzalez, NEIU Office of International Programs
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Students who are curious or want to study abroad are welcome to know what opportunities NEIU has to offer while studying at school and after graduation. We will show students who our partner universities are.

Time Management and Organization: Tools for the Toolkit

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 32434
Presenter: Erin Long, NEIU TRIO SSS

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

We will review various methods, strategies, and resources for keeping balanced and organized.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Managing Conflict During Times of Change

10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 678046

Presenter: Tyler Smith, NEIU Ombuds
Audience: TRIO students

The challenges that come with continuous change can be a catalyst for conflict. Conflict, when managed effectively, can create opportunities for positive change, growth and development. This session will explore ways to better understand and manage conflict during times of change.

Using "Pandemic Learning" Experiences to Keep Learning After College

12:15-1:05 P.M.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 334434
Presenter: Scott Hegerty, NEIU Professor
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The Pandemic has forced students to be more organized and to adapt to new modes of instruction. But since school and jobs after college require the same skills, "pandemic learning" might help with continuing education, corporate webinars, self-study, and even grad school. Learn how to harness your skills to become a better "lifelong learner."

MentorCity: Student-Alumni Mentoring Platform

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 149229
Presenter: Ashley Agron, NEIU Alumni Relations
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The NEIU Alumni Association is proud to announce a partnership with MentorCity. This online platform provides positive student-alumni mentoring relationships for NEIU students. The premise is that throughout your life and career, there are times when you can benefit from the advice, guidance and support of a mentor. By sharing their expertise and experiences, mentors guide mentees in the right direction.

S'More Sex

3:05-3:55 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 152437

Presenter: Jennie Lasko, NEIU Student Health Services
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Sex education, K(NO)W More (Awareness and Prevention of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking), Community Health Resources.

​Deciding on Graduate School

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 723009

Presenter: William Escalante, Proyecto Pa'Lante
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Graduate school is different from college in many ways including how you select the right graduate program for you. This session will discuss some of the important factors to consider when deciding on a university for your graduate program.

​Know Your Rights: 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 708606

Presenter: Alexandria Santistevan, First Defense Legal Aid
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Know Your Rights is a workshop about how to and why to invoke your 4th, 5th, and 6th amendment rights in a police encounter.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Improving Accountability

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 854116
Presenter: Hayley Stevenson, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

How to improve personal motivation and increase your accountability. Be guided through the "Four Tendencies Assessment" and learn strategies to follow through on assignments and projects.

All About Scholarship

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 788763
Presenter: Ryan Fulgham, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

An introduction to the process of applying for scholarships. We will go over the basics of scholarship applications, tips on how to submit a successful application, and where to find reputable sources of information.

The Writing Process (Part 2)

1-1:50 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 771118

Presenter: Amanda Kmetz, NEIU TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Have a paper to write but not sure how to begin? This presentation goes over the first two steps of the writing process, planning and drafting, to help you brainstorm, organize, and begin writing your essays.

Proposals are now closed for Spring 2020.

The TRIO Leading and Learning Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community members to share knowledge that impacts success in higher education. It is a five-day individual development opportunity coordinated by the TRIO Student Support Services Program with presentations/workshops by faculty, staff, students, and NEIU supporters. 

Interested in presenting in the future? Contact us at triosss@neiu.edu.