2018 Agenda and Panel Abstracts


7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: Leadership Breakfast (Invitation Only)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Refreshments

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member Poster Session

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker Eric Deggans

10:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: Panel Session One

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch, Plenary Speaker, & Awards Program

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Focus Groups

1:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.: Panel Session Two

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Panel Session Abstracts

Panel Session 1

Funding Civic Engagement with Higher Education & K12 Partnerships 

Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Presidential Scholar, Towson University & Former State Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education (Moderator)
Dr. Vita Pickrum, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Delaware State University
Ms. Toby Printz-Platnick, Associate Director, Cafritz Foundation
Mr. Rudy Ruiz, Chief Education Officer, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education

Civic engagement and community engagement are widely recognized as essential learning outcomes. Yet without equitable access to high-quality, service-learning and civic engagement opportunities, first-generation students and youth of color are disadvantaged in their college, career, and civic readiness. Systemic change is needed; however, short-term-funding is not readily available through most grants. How can partnerships acquire funding for long-term relationship development and policy-review to address the systemic changes needed to support all our youth in becoming college, career and civic ready? This panel will focus on how to both attract and secure funding and leverage support for this work.

Global Community Engagement

Dr. Kate Conway-Turner, President, SUNY Buffalo State (Moderator)
Mr. Mark LesterDirector of Central America for the Center for Global Education and Experience, Augsburg University
Dr. David Penna, Department of Government & Public Affairs, Gallaudet University
Mr. Melvin Thomas, Lead Diversity Specialist, Peace Corps

To advance equity work in the global sphere, this panel will examine best practices in how community and civic engagement work can be effective abroad with undergraduate and graduate students through alternative breaks, study abroad, and international service opportunities.  Panelists will explore how international community development and cultural adaptation can be advanced through sustainable partnerships, which benefit our students, campuses, and global and local communities.

Innovations in Civic Engagement: Celebrating 10 Years of CCMA Impact

Dr. Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College
Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, President, Frostburg State University
Additional Invitations Pending

This presidential panel will focus on the growth of the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA program over the past decade and its trajectory moving forward. Each CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project is a 3-year partnership between a member institution, AmeriCorps VISTA, CCMA, and a community partner impacting the broader community. Panelists will discuss what impact the project has had on the student community, the institutional culture, and the greater community. They will also look at the ways in which member institutions have been able to create sustainability for their CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project long after the AmeriCorps VISTA resource has ended. 

Impact of the Mid-Term Elections on Education Policy, Equity, & Access in our Region?

President Kurt Schmoke, University of Baltimore (Moderator)
Dr. Nina Kasniunas, Associate Professor, Political Science, Goucher College
Dr. Dan Rich, Director, Community Engagement Initiative, University of Delaware
Additional Invitations Pending

Panelists will discuss the implications — both positive & negative — of Tuesday, November 6th’s Mid-Term Election. They will examine to what extent the winners support accessibility and equity in education across the region. The panelists will discuss their predictions on how the election will impact the work of CCMA. Panelists will also discuss voting and democracy initiatives within higher education institutions.  

Equity in Education: From Brown vs. Board of Education & Gallaudet University to the Dream Act

Mr. Pace J. McConkie, Director, Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education, Morgan State University (Moderator)
Dr. Brian GreenwaldProfessor of History and Director of the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, Gallaudet University
Ms. Delia Lozano, Coordinator, KTP-Latino, Keeping the Promise & Multicultural Student Transitions Programs, Gallaudet University
Dr. Khadijat Rashid, Dean, School of Education, Business, & Human Services, Gallaudet University

The struggle to gain equitable access to education has been elusive for many Americans. For Deaf African Americans, that struggle was repeated in the many residential schools for deaf students in the United States and at Gallaudet University.  While the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision paved the way towards equality, a lesser known decision in 1952 allowed a Deaf African-American student access to Kendall School, a school located on the campus of Gallaudet University. The rise of undocumented students in U.S. higher education has gained national attention under the spotlight of immigration reform in a tense political landscape. This has also impacted Deaf Undocumented students and these first-generation American students who have undocumented family members. They learn to navigate a complex web of challenges in finding access to higher education, complicated by their status, national and state laws, institutional policies and variable campus support. Panelists will reflect on the barriers to gaining an equitable education at Gallaudet, the equity issues in education today since the American with Disabilities Act, and examine models where accessibility and inclusiveness might be replicated and scaled. Students today have also benefited from multicultural campus programs and resources created as a result of heightened awareness of the need to better understand and support shifting campus demographics.

Panel Session 2

Evaluating the Impact of P20 Partnerships

Mr. Jim Walters, The Walters Group
Ms. Bren Elliott, Chief of Equity, DC Public Schools
Mr. Ross Goldstein, Executive Director, Maryland Longitudinal Data Center
Dr. Jennifer Judkins, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Assessment, Accountability, & Information Technology, Maryland State Department of Education

This panel will focus on the complexities of how we determine specific criteria and the process by which the impact of the P20 CONNECTS College, Career, and Civic Readiness initiative will be evaluated. How do we as individual institutions and as a field evaluate the effectiveness of our programs on engaging diverse, first-generation youth as civic engagement leaders? How do we as institutions and systems ensure equity in the policies we are creating?

P20 CONNECTS: K12-Higher Ed Partnerships Cultivating College, Career, and Civic Readiness  

Dr. Heidi Anderson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Ms. Renee Baylin, Baltimore County Public Schools
Ms. Beth Duffy, Frederick Community College
Dr. Christopher Jensen, Towson University
Dr. Kristine Pearl, Frederick County Public Schools
Dr. Sabine O’Hara, University of the District of Columbia

In 2017-2018 five partnerships between higher education & K12 schools/systems were launched to increase college, career, and civic readiness by modifying both programs and policies. Panelists will focus on lessons learned, both to replicate and avoid, from their inaugural year.  Each of the partnerships varied in their programs and approach, but all were committed to empowering first-generation students as change agents. Partnerships highlighted include Frederick Community College & Frederick County Public Schools, Frostburg State University & Allegany County Public Schools, Towson University & Baltimore County Public Schools, University of Maryland Eastern Shore & Somerset County Public Schools, and the University of the District of Columbia & Maya Angelou Public Charter School.  

Braiding Civic Engagement and Equity: Where is the Field Growing?

Dr. Caryn McTighe-Musil, American Association of Colleges & Universities (Moderator)
Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA
Dr. Sheila Martin, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
Dr. Nancy Shapiro, University System of Maryland

This panel will assess how well and in what new ways higher education is meeting the imperative to advocate for civic engagement with an equity framework in our diverse US democracy situated within global interdependency.  For too long, civic and equity work operated in parallel universes on most campuses. That has begun to change with more comprehensive frameworks, bold leadership from top administrators, greater collaboration across student and academic affairs, more attentiveness to diversity and equity in the curriculum, more sustained community/campus partnerships, and the call for more recognition of intersectionality by students seeking wholeness.  Leaders from two national educational associations and one statewide system discuss what they see as dynamic new practices as well as the challenges of implementing them against current negative political headwinds.

Imagining a New America: Cultivating First Generation Civic Leaders 

Dr. Santiago Solis, Towson University (Moderator)
Dr. Tiffany Mfume, Morgan State University
Ms. Marisol Morales, National Campus Compact
Ms. Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, University of Maryland

The panelists will highlight higher education’s central role in building capacities for citizens and workers to exercise critical thinking and passion and to mobilize people toward a personal leadership vision in all domains of their lives, including family, community, and work.  We re-imagine America as a place where people consistently practice authenticity, integrity, and creativity to address contemporary challenges and opportunities.

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