Presentations will be in person and virtual via Zoom.

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Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

A walk in my shoes: First generation college student--A film

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Millions of first-generation college students arrive on college campuses across the nation every day. With them, they bring their pasts, their cultures, their hopes, their fears, and their dreams. This inspirational documentary delves into the lives of eight first-generation college students, five preservice teachers and three successful educators, who chose a profession dedicated to a concept they are all committed to: changing lives.

Nutrition, Health and Wellness

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 861868

Presenter: Tiffany Johnson, TRIO SSS Student at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Maintain your health and wellness as a busy college student. This presentation will include information on nutrition, exercise and fitness, and stress management.

Career readiness and professional development: Resume Writing

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode 701780

Presenter: Leah Schneck, Career Success Coordinator at America Needs You
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

First-generation college students have to navigate unfound territory and need support and guidance to successfully graduate. America Needs You works to address these issues by providing students with career development workshops. This workshop will provide resume support and ways to elevate your resume.

Where You come from is not who you are

12:55-1:45 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: Marlene Riccardo, TRIO SSS Student, Peer Leader & Ambassador at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Ms. Riccardo will present her story and share how she was able to become the first generation in her family to graduate from college. She will share the ways in which I overcame obstacles and how TRIO helped develop leadership and organizational skills in order to become a student peer leader and ambassador to other students.

First-Generation college student panel discussion

2:20-3:35 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 038170

Presenter: Panel discussion
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

First-generation college student panel discussion. Listen to the experiences of first generation students, parents, and educators.

Mindfulness, a way of life

4:15-5:05 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: Richie Heard, TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
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 learn how to incorporate the practice in their daily lives.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Applying for accommodations at NEIU & more

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 917476

Presenter: Melissa Maldonado, Student Disability Services Program Specialist at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

If you want to learn more about accommodations available at NEIU and how to apply for these services, please join us! We will also discuss self-help tools that may be useful to you even if you do not have a disability.

Making good financial decisions in college and after

12:15-1:05 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: Dr. Scott Hegerty
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

How much debt should I take on for school? Should I save money once I start my first job? Learn some economic strategies to help make wise decisions during school and after you graduate.

deciding on graduate school

1:40-2:30 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

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

Graduate school is a broad term that refers to education beyond a Bachelor's degree. This presentation will cover the different types of graduate school, assist students with thinking about when to attend graduate school, as well as how to choose between different graduate programs once accepted.

Grow into your life by studying abroad

3:05-3:55 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 818570

Presenter: Dr. Cris Toffolo, Office of International Programs Director at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

At NEIU you can study in another country for a semester at one of our 40+ partner universities. You can also go on a short study tour, led by NEIU professors. When you go for a week or a semester, the opportunity to study abroad will change you life! It will give you a new view of the world, increase your confidence, and add to you skills. Financial aid can be applied to help cover costs. Come and learn how you too can have such a life-changing experience!

Managing college costs

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 032077

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

This presentation will provide tips on how to maximize financial aid and minimize expenses while in college. The information is useful for new and returning students, and anyone interested in making the most of their money.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Know your rights: 4th, 5th, and 6th amendment rights

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 382491
Presenter: Alex Santistevan, First Defense Legal Aid
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Learn why and how to invoke your constitutional rights when interacting with the police.

bystander intervention

11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner
Presenter: Annette Brandt, Student Health Services K(NO)W More (Sexual Violence Prevention Education Grant) Coordinator at NEIU

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Bystander Intervention is to help folks recognize a potentially harmful situation or interaction and learn how to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome. This includes training and information on the following:

How to notice a potentially problematic situation; barriers to intervening and how to work around those barriers; using these intervention techniques to prevent sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking; using the Red Folder to navigate referral options for students in a problematic situation. This includes both on campus and off campus resources; On campus resources such as the Confidential Advisor, Student Counseling Services, and how to request accommodations; Off campus resources such as advocacy organizations that provide legal support, counseling, and safety planning.

Finding your passion

2:20-3:50 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: TJ Jordan, NEIU Alumnus and Former Consultant
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This minute workshop offers a fresh perspective on what it really means to live a career of passion and provides multiple pathways and tips to pursuing it. Thought-provoking, practical and relevant.

The Truth About happiness

4:15-5:45 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: TJ Jordan, NEIU Alumnus and Former Consultant
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will help you to gain a higher awareness on what happiness really is, the pitfalls and traps that may lead you astray, and what concrete steps you can take to start working toward your own path to happiness. Interactive, experiential and practical.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

understanding the hiring process

10:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: Ivia Ortega
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

A DCFS Recruiter will provide participants with information regarding how to apply for most state of IL positions, including avoiding commonly made errors, and what the interview process is like. 

Discover your strengths and meaningful work

12:15-1:05 P.M.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of library in NW corner

Presenter: Jesse Rutschman, Assistant Director, TRIO SSS Achieve Program at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Come learn some fun and insightful ways you can explore and develop your strengths, values, and ideal career paths. You will leave this workshop with your Meaningful Work Statement, more confidence showcasing your strengths (in job interviews, resumes, cover letters, and personal statements), and some next steps to take your career to a whole new level.

Note: It’s not required, but you are encouraged to take the StrengthsQuest assessment before the workshop. Here are the instructions.

Exploring the trio sss strengths & skills platform

3:05-4:25 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 067981
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman, Assistant Director, TRIO SSS Achieve Program at NEIU
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.

​Goal setting and time management

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 066293

Presenter: GeGe Carr, Coordinator of Veteran Services, TRIO SSS MSW Intern at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation teaches students to effectively set goals as well as manage their time. The goal setting portion will consist of defining a goal and the steps a student must take to accomplish it. The time management piece will focus on managing time for day-to-day routines, class schedule and homework assignments, and social life.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Deliberate practice (how to get better at anything)

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 444726
Presenter: Nancy Easton, Director of Student Counseling Services at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Successful people know that in order to improve at anything you have to practice. But how do you find the courage to practice something when you feel like you're not very good at it? Starting with the understanding that it's normal not to be good at something at first, this workshop will help participants find ways to cope with feelings of performance anxiety that may be holding you back, and will teach you some strategies so that you can start to get better at things that are important to you.

Overcoming Perfectionism

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 565733
Presenter: Hayley Stevenson, TRIO SSS Peer Coach at NEIU

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Learn strategies on how to overcome perfectionism in this workshop focusing on mental health and wellness. We will cover the differences between perfectionism and striving for excellence, the fear and anxiety associated with perfectionism, how shame contributes to these habits, and how to understand and befriend our inner critic. Students will learn practical tools on speaking kindly to ourselves in this competitive culture to live a more balanced academic life.

CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT: A USEFUL TOOL FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

1:00-1:50 a.m
Online via Zoom; Passcode: 409201

Presenter: Erin Long, Assistant Director of TRIO SSS Access Program at NEIU
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

A personal statement is your introduction to a selection committee. Discover how to make yours stand out in this interactive workshop. The workshop will be held virtually, so please make sure to have something with which to reflect your thoughts and experiences (pen/paper, word processor, voice recorder, etc).

Presentations will be in person and virtual via Zoom.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Growing and Leading after Graduation: how to find my way

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 816068; Meeting ID: 865 6035 7585

Presenter: Karriem Kanston
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will help students to develop an understanding and knowledge about next steps after graduation for their career, life and business. Having a strategy and plan will help students navigate the new season they are embarking on.

Intro to interviewing

10:30-11:20 a.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Daniel Gebre, America Needs You
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Students will learn the STAR method for successful interviewing. They'll practice how to apply the framework to describe past experiences/lessons through a task application lens. They'll practice this approach both in class discussion and in small breakout sessions.

NEIU K(no)w more bystander intervention training

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenters: Annette Brandt and Jennie Lasko
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

NEIU K(NO)W More aims to provide support and resources for sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. We also aim to bring awareness through education and prevention programs. Join us for a session on becoming an active Bystander!

The art of careers

12:55-1:45 p.m.
Online via Zoom:
Passcode 946518; Meeting ID 879 6837 9407
Presenter: Alejandra Sanchez, NEIU Career Development
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The Careers Team (Career Development and CBT Career Services) at NEIU will provide a resources overview that focuses on the impact of the Great Resignation with actionable insights to help individuals navigate their careers.

For future teachers and school counselors: transition from K-12 to Higher education

2:30-3:10 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 780411; Meeting ID: 813 7908 9937

Presenter: Melissa Maldonado, Student Disability Services
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Are you interested in learning more about how to better prepare special education students to transition into higher education? Join this discussion to learn more about service differences and other accessibility resources for future students

Mentor city: student-alumni mentoring program

4:15-5:05 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

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

The Alumni Relations Office is your connection to NEIU Alumni. Our student-alumni mentoring program offers an online platform to build important and engaging relationships between NEIU students and alumni. Being a part of a mentorship program can have such an amazing impact on both your professional and personal life.

savings beyond a rainy day

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom:
Passcode: 787172; Meeting ID: 897 8187 4364
Presenter: Audrey Jones, Planites Credit Union
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation teaches people how to understand where their money went, what overdraft really means, what kind of a spender they are and how to make changes that will help them build savings for emergency needs and beyond.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Becoming your own advocate

10:50-11:40 a.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Whit Devereaux
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Becoming Your Own Advocate applies to every area of your life not just in intimate partnerships (business and education, etc.). Students and staff will leave this session feeling equipped with information, tangible tips, and strategies that can be implemented right away. This session promotes awareness and prevention of abuse and with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

professional looks on a budget-use the power closet

12:15-1:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom:
Passcode: 680892; Meeting ID: 862 9857 0331
Presenter: Valerie Olson, NEIU Power Closet
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Identify the tricks for looking polished and professional on a student budget. In this session, you will learn about the Power Closet, how you can use it, get tips about preparing for an interview, and how the Power Closet can even help after you've landed the job or internship.

nutrition, health and wellness

1:40-2:30 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Chris Cordero, Campus Recreation
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Campus Recreation will provide an overview of all the programs that we offer that correlate with fitness, health and nutrition.

career training programs and test prep Tutoring resources through CAPE

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode 408009 Meeting ID 821 0836 4733

Presenter: Christie Miller, Office of Community & Professional Education (CAPE)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

CAPE will provide detailed information on the various career training options we offer through partner institutions. We will also talk about the test prep resources we have available for NEIU students.

introducing micro internships for students and recent grads

3:05-3:55 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

A presentation meant to introduce students to Parker Dewey and the services they provide, primarily undertaking micro-internship opportunities.

transition from renting to owning your owm property

4:15-5:30 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Liliana Lohan, community member
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Transitioning from renting to owning your first home might be easier than you think. Learn how to build your credit score and save towards owning your first real estate. Explain benefits of owning vs. renting, finding the right property, and getting approved for your loan.

Managing college costs

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 012461; Meeting ID: 890 0179 3825

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

This presentation will provide tips on how to maximize financial aid and minimize expenses while in college. The information is useful for new and returning students, and anyone interested in making the most of their money.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

investments and retirement planning 101

10:30-11:20 a.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner
Presenter: Angelo Tardi, community member
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The fundamentals of saving money, paying off student loan debt, introduction to investing and a Q&A session.

get control of your finances: Tips and tricks to help you succeed

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 730360; Meeting ID: 844 4408 2854
Presenter: Associate Professor of Economics Scott Hegerty

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Want to know the difference between credit and debit? How to budget for monthly bills when you get paid every two weeks? Learn some real-life tricks to manage your money and avoid mistakes.

deciding on graduate school

2:20-3:10 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

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

Graduate school is a broad term that refers to education beyond a bachelor's degree. This presentation will cover the different types of graduate school, assist students with thinking about when to attend graduate school, as well as how to choose between different graduate programs once accepted.

exploring careers by interest

4:15-5:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 467178; Meeting ID: 846 5415 5699

Presenter: Hayley Stevenson, TRIO SSS Peer Coach
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will guide students through a career assessment to learn about their top career interests, which will then lead into a review of a top career exploration site to learn about different jobs and industries.

Credit

5:20-6:10 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 630751; Meeting ID: 836 1699 8279

Presenter: Michael Pittman, founder of Simple Money Academy
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Some financial experts say credit is bad. Other financial experts say you need credit. So what's the actual truth? This crash course tells you exactly what to do.

everything is a learning experience: How i work to develop a growth mindset

5:40-6:30 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Joshua Friedberg, TRIO SSS faculty coach
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will discuss strategies that TRIO Faculty Coach Joshua Friedberg has used to develop a growth mindset and work through different obstacles, including relating to different disabilities. Participants will learn about strategies for listening, taking in constructive feedback, working through perfectionism, and seeking accountability and support.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

entrepreneurship

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 389610; Meeting ID: 816 4269 7557

Presenter: Michael Pittman, founder of Simple Money Academy
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Do you know what most financially successful people have in common? They have their own business! Want to learn how you can do it too? Don't miss this session!

Discovering your communication style

12:15-1:05 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 013604; Meeting ID: 865 8807 5876

Presenter: Diane Caine, Caine Coaching, Inc.
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Your individual personality affects every aspect of your life. One of the best things you can do to grow yourself is understand your personality and what naturally drives you. When you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you are able to give your best as you work with people around you.

Expand your horizons: introduction to studying abroad & other international opportunities

1:40-2:30 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner
Presenter: Office of International Programs Director Dr. Cris Toffolo
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

NEIU's Office of International Programs (OIP) offers NEIU students various ways to internationalize their education. You can study in another country (e.g., for a full semester; a short summer program; a 1-2 week study tour); become a buddy to an international student; and/or join NEIU's new Peace Corps Prep program. In this session the OIP director will describe these different programs and explain how you can get involved and begin your overseas adventure, and how doing so will advance your educational and career goals.

​Growth mindset: take your career to new heights

3:05-4:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 089908; Meeting ID: 859 4642 1406

Presenter: Charise Wilson, Workforce Ready Solutions, LLC
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Learn about the 5 Pillars to build an authentic career roadmap that inspires change. This is an interactive workshop to help attendees to unlock and open doors to career success.

​the nurse is in: Health services

4:25-5:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 674705; Meeting ID: 872 8439 2593

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

Get to know the services available to you. Most are free. Come see us before you make an appointment with your provider. We also have resources for those without medical insurance.

National board teacher certification

5:40-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 294531; Meeting ID: 832 9150 4038

Presenter: Sarah Gomez, community member
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The session objectives are to go over what National Board certification is, how to obtain the certification and benefits of the NBCT for students and teachers. *Note candidates must have at least three years teaching experience to apply as a NBCT.

Friday, April 22, 2022

stock market investing

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 999842; Meeting ID: 816 9767 7207
Presenter: Michael Pittman, founder of Simple Money Academy
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Are you interested in learning what it takes to invest in the stock market? This session will teach you about the stock market and walk you through how to do so step-by-step.

Becoming your own advocate

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Passcode: 400045; Meeting ID: 861 4984 6761
Presenter: Whit Devereaux

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Becoming your own advocate applies to every area of your life, not just in intimate partnerships (business and education, etc.). Students and staff will leave this session feeling equipped with information, tangible tips and strategies that can be implemented right away. This session promotes awareness and prevention of abuse, and with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, it couldn't come at a better time.

need money for school?

1-1:50 p.m
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Meta Hellman, TRIO SSS faculty coach
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

You know there are scholarships available, but the deadlines fly by before you have time to write an essay and submit an application. We can help! Attend a workshop to prepare you for the scholarship application process. You might even walk away with a rough draft!

future alumni network: become a F.a.n. of the NEIU Alumni association

2-2:50 p.m
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

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

The Office of Alumni Relations has a variety of resources available to students! Learn about scholarship opportunities, student philanthropy, and NEIU Alumni Association benefits that are free for students! While you are students today, you will soon become alumni, so we encourage you to engage with Alumni Relations now.

The importance of Intercultural communication

3-3:50 p.m.
In person: TRIO SSS workshop space, 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library in the northwest corner

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Hein, community member
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This session will unpack how culture plays a role in the communication process. Topics will include the common differences between cultural communication norms, the relationship between culture and communication, and what to be mindful of when communicating.

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