"Embracing Diversity and Equitable Access"

7:30 - 8:30 am

Graduate Student Poster Presentations: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Informal, conversational presentations by graduate students


Keynote Address
8:30 - 9:50am
Embracing Diversity and Supporting Students’ Equitable Access
Dr. Jason Willis, Director of Afro-American Studies
Rochester City School District

Lunch (provided)
12:10 pm – 1:45 pm

Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Graduate Poster


Forming Home-School Partnerships to Help Meet Needs of Newly-Arrived ELL students
Mary Andrecolich-Diaz, Principal of the Rochester International Academy – Rochester City School District
Navigating Racial Stress in the Body: An Experiential Exploration
David Sanchez – Gandhi Institute
The Hazards of Vaping and Other Smokeless Substances
Dr. Gary Metz & Carmelo Oliveri– Healthcare Studies, The College at Brockport
Restorative Discipline Practice
Shira May - Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PIRI)
Working with Students of Incarcerated Parents
Cassie Fleck – Prevention Mental Health Counselor, Lyndonville Schools
Working with Migrant and Undocumented Students
Sally Espinosa, MS Ed, CAS, MHC-P, Catholic Charities
Overview of NYS School Counselor Regulations Updates
Benedetta Gerardi, Region IX NYSSCA Governor and Summer Reiner – Counselor Education, The College at Brockport
Social-Emotional Mindfulness with High School Students
Melanie Macdonald, M.Ed., RYT – Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School SEAM
Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of ELL Students
Svetlana Stowell – Regional Bilingual Special Education Specialist, RSE TASC - Monroe 1 BOCES
Pathways and Regulations Regarding Special Education
Sondra Johnville, BOCES - Regional Special Education Training Specialist
Brain-based Mindfulness with Middle School Students
Mary Birchenough – Brockport Central School District
Homelessness and Youth
Valerie Douglas – Director of Counseling and Runaway and Homeless Youth Services, Center for Youth Services
Supporting First-Generation, College-Bound Students
Carmelita Brown-Wallace – Monroe Community College, Upward Bound

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Session Map for a listing of our programs

4th Annual WNYSCC & College at Brockport Alumni Reception hosted and sponsored by The College at Brockport's Department of Counselor Education and the Offices of Alumni Engagement and Undergraduate Admissions
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4:00 - 7:30 pm

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