This workshop will be a panel of presentations by McNair Scholars who have conducted research on a wide array of topics that shed light on issues of diversity- especially as it concerns education, representation, and the current achievement gap of diverse and urban students. Ms. Sampson will address the role of Cultural Capital in education decision making. Ms. Alexander will address Culturally Competent teaching methods in relation to Math Education and Ms. McDonald will enlighten us on the current state of female representation in our State government. All will provide important insight into what we may be missing in the attempt to educate low-income, first generation students of all ages and why the voice of justice may be far too quiet in our political process.
The achievement gap between urban and suburban students continues to widen. Ms. Sampson will offer reasons why this might be so and document the reality of what is happening and why. There is also a well-documented achievement gap when it comes to performance in Math at the college level. Ms. Alexander will offer evidence of what is happening and why- as well as offer solutions to consider in order to help ALL students perform at their highest level- and especially to demystify basic math so that students can embrace rather than run from the STEM fields. Ms. McDonald will challenge you to consider why these inequalities continue even at the highest levels of public service. Mr. Rivera will address the Black Lives Matter movement and the way in which their purpose of ensuring that black males and females are subjected to a life of justice, equality, and positive change has been misinterpreted or misrepresented.
Session Goals and Outcomes Familiarity with Achievement Gap issues Understanding of some of the factors Potential solutions to under preparedness Interventions that could address these problems Understanding how these inequalities play out in the political arena
Barbara Thompson, Executive Director of TRiO Programs & Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program and Educational Talent Search Program , The College at Brockport
Cheryl Sampson, Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, The College at Brockport
Amy Alexander, Undergraduate Math Major, The College at Brockport
Sidnee McDonald, Undergraduate African and African Studies, Political Science Major, The College at Brockport
Shaquille Rivera, Graduate student, Communications, The College at Brockport
Barbara Thompson is Executive Director of TRiO Programs, Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program and of Educational Talent Search Program; two programs that assist low income, first-generation and underrepresented students in pursuing their goals of a post-secondary career or graduate study. Ms. Thompson serves on the President’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, as Chair of the Diversity Initiatives Committee, and is a member of the Institute for Engaged Learning Steering Committee. Barbara is Past-President of the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education and serves as on their Board of Directors.
Cheryl Sampson '16 is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History. She is a McNair Scholar and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from The College at Brockport. She conducted her case study with students and parents of the Rochester City School District, and recently presented this research at the University at Buffalo's McNair Research Conference in July, 2016.
Amy Alexander is a senior math major at The College at Brockport who serves as Office Assistant and Tutor for the Transfer Center. She is also working as a Math Tutor and Teaching Assistant for Ms. Marcy Esler. She previously worked at Monroe Community College as a Math Tutor and presented this research at the University at Buffalo's McNair Research Conference in July 2016.
Sidnee McDonald is a senior majoring in African and African American Studies and Political Science. She is also minoring in Woman and Gender Studies. Over the last academic year Ms. McDonald has conducted two internships: working in the New York State legislature and as an assistant in Senator Gillibrand's office. This summer she conducted research on the lack of women in the New York State legislature and will be presenting her findings on how and why this affects society and particularly people of color.
Shaquille Rivera ‘15 earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications at The College at Brockport, where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in the Communications program. Shaquille is currently the Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations for the office of Student Union and Activities. He was also formerly an Education Opportunity Program student, Resident Assistant for the past two and a half years, as well as a LAUNCH Peer mentor. Shaquille anticipates completion of his master’s degree in May 2018.