Advocacy Symposium

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in the Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center

The Palo Alto College Advocacy Symposium focuses on the needs of college students outside the classroom and what institutions and organizations can do to help students achieve success in school and life. Attendees will learn about removing non-academic barriers to ensure students can be successful both academically and personally.

The day will consist of informational and conversational sessions, including a keynote address from Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia, as well as the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required in order to attend.

Pre-registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center.

  • Beginning in Spring 2015, Palo Alto College developed an Advocacy Task Force which focused on discovering the needs of our students outside of the classroom (see Advocacy Survey Research Brief (PDF)). Based on this information, the task force made recommendations on how the College could meet those needs. In December 2016, the Student Health Advocacy Resource and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center opened, providing students with a food pantry, clothes closet, emergency aid, financial wellness, career readiness, social services, health and wellness services, and personal counseling. Since its opening, the S.H.A.R.E. Center has provided over 5,500 services to over 2,500 students, and preliminary data indicates that the students who access services within the S.H.A.R.E. Center perform better and persist to the next semester.

    The inaugural Advocacy Symposium is part of the long-term plan to promote advocacy at Palo Alto College and the surrounding community. Keynote speaker, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, is a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, and the founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab — the nation’s only action research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. Goldrick-Rab is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the three largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free.

    The Advocacy Symposium will also include breakout sessions facilitated by community partners and experts within fields including: emergency aid, housing insecurity, food insecurity, social services, financial wellness, career readiness, and mental health.

  • 8-8:45 a.m.

    Breakfast
    PERF Foyer

    8:45-9 a.m.

    Welcome
    Dr. Mike Flores, Incoming Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
    PERF Auditorium

    9-10 a.m.

    Addressing Students' Basic Needs: Food, Housing, Emergency Aid
    Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University and the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
    PERF Auditorium

    10-10:45 a.m.

    Local Landscape of the State of Housing Insecurity in San Antonio
    Lourdes Castro Ramirez, President, University Health System Foundation
    PERF Auditorium

    10:45-11:15 a.m.

    Overview of Advocacy Efforts at Palo Alto College
    Dr. Robert Garza, President, Palo Alto College
    PERF Auditorium

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Lunch

    12:45-1:45 p.m.

    Advocacy Center Best Practices across Alamo Colleges District

    Carlos Cruz and Delilah Marquez, Palo Alto College
    Lisa Black, San Antonio College

    PERF 101

    Audience: All

    Mental Health and the Community College Student

    Rhonda O’Cana, Palo Alto College

    PERF 190

    Audience: All

    Student Discussion

    Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

    PERF 163

    Audience: Students

    Understanding Efforts to Address Homelessness in San Antonio

    Morjoriee White, City of San Antonio Department of Human Services

    PERF Auditorium

    Audience: All

    Overview of Student Financial Wellness Survey Results and Research

    Bryan Ashton and Jeff Webster, Trellis Company

    PERF 113

    Audience: All

    Growth Mindset and Resiliency

    Russell Wagner, Alamo Colleges District

    PERF 114

    Audience: All

    Career Readiness and Internships

    Thomas Villanueva, Goodwill of San Antonio

    PERF 173

    Audience: Students

    At the Intersection of Student Advocacy and Student Success

    Student Panel, Facilitated by Katherine Beaumont Doss, Palo Alto College

    Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)

    Audience: All

    Overview of the Emergency Aid Network

    Monique Lee, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

    PERF 181

    Audience: Faculty, staff, and community partners

    2-3 p.m.

    Food Insecurity in San Antonio

    Roshunda Smith and Mike Rivas, San Antonio Food Bank

    PERF 101

    Audience: All

    Mental Health and the Community College Student

    Rhonda O’Cana, Palo Alto College

    PERF 190

    Audience: All

    Faculty and Staff Discussion: Embedding Advocacy Topics into Curricular and Co-Curricular Experiences

    Moderated by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

    PERF 163

    Audience: Faculty and staff

    Social Services Overview

    Catalina Berry, Daughters of Charity – San Antonio

    PERF 114

    Audience: All

    SA2020 Landscape

    Kiran Bains, SA2020

    PERF Auditorium

    Audience: All

    Overview of Student Financial Wellness Survey Results and Research

    Bryan Ashton and Jeff Webster, Trellis Company

    PERF 113

    Audience: All

    Education from the Start at the Ray Ellison Family Center

    Jennifer Flores, Palo Alto College

    PERF 181

    Audience: All

    Student Employment Initiative: Creating Your Brand

    Xavier Cano, The Resume Whiz
     
    PERF 173

    Audience: Students

    Core Components of Student Self-Advocacy

    Tyler Archer, Palo Alto College

    Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)

    Audience: Students

    3:15-4:15 p.m.

    Panel Discussion

    • Facilitator: Robert Rivard, Editor and Publisher of the Rivard Report
    • Molly Cox, President and CEO, SA2020
    • Cara Crowley, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Amarillo College
    • Al Arreloa, Jr., President and CEO, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

    PERF Auditorium

    4:15-4:30 p.m.

    Moving Forward and Next Steps
    Elizabeth Tanner, Vice President of Academic Success, Palo Alto College
    PERF Auditorium

    4:30-5 p.m.

    Tour of Student Health Advocacy Resource and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center
    Student Center (SC 101)

     

  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia, as well as the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the three largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. In 2016, POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, is an Amazon best-seller and a 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award. The book has also been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles;” she is ranked 7th in the nation among education scholars by Education Week; and in April 2018, the Carnegie Corporation awarded her the Carnegie Fellowship.