Recently a new team member joined the National Forum. Ilana Israel will be our new Admin! She is a native of Ann Arbor, MI. Ilana graduated from Elon University in NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations, furthering her education and advocating for social justice and equality. She enjoys traveling, photography, spending time with friends, following sports and hanging out with her two pets, Willie her horse and Rio her dog. Welcome to the team, Ilana, we all look forward to working with you!
Ilana is a native of Ann Arbor, MI. She graduated from Elon University in NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations, furthering her education, and advocating for social justice and equality. Ilana enjoys traveling, photography, spending time with friends, following sports and hanging out with her two pets, Willie her horse and Rio her dog.
The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has hosted four webinars through the uLEAD Network, each addressing a different aspect of postsecondary access and support for immigrant and undocumented students. These webinars are an important part of our outreach, education, and advocacy efforts: they allow a national audience to learn from our expert colleagues at no cost for the audience and minimal cost for us.
There are many ways to run a webinar, and the guide below should help you decide what options are right for your organization, your audience, and your budget.
Find your team
A webinar is a medium for education and communication, and the team you assemble will define what, how, and to whom you intend to communicate. Start thinking about who might fill these important roles.
Content and format
Of course, the most important content consideration is your subject matter. This will drive the entire planning process, from inviting presenters to creating promotional materials to making technical decisions. Your subject matter (and the subtopics to be addressed by each presenter) should guide your decisions on each of the following matters.
Sample webinar formats
Each section of the presentations should connect to the overarching subject in a natural way—that is, audience members should understand why each topic is being discussed in the context of this webinar. However, keep in mind that your presenters have expertise and experience that you may not have considered when you started planning. Stay open to changes and adjustments throughout the planning process.
As you make technical decisions, you will likely be guided by three main factors: your goals, your budget, and the technical expertise available to you. The first factor will shape how you use the available technology, while the second and third factors will provide constraints to direct you toward the appropriate technical options for your organization.
You want to reach your intended audience, and it’s important to consider accessibility so that the audience can fully benefit from your presenters’ knowledge and experience. Make sure to be clear in your promotional materials and/or registration form that these options are available.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, and you should consider additional practices such as those recommended in the Association of Research Libraries’ Web Accessibility Toolkit. You should also consult with any organizations or offices available to you that may have more information or suggestions. We continue to learn new ways we can make our own webinars more accessible.
This timeline is not comprehensive, and yours may vary. However, it should give you a rough sense of the important steps along the way, as well as the pacing of the planning process.
During the webinar
On the day of the webinar, our planning team and support crew set up in a “command center,” which should be a quiet area with reliable internet access and space for several computer users (a conference room works well). Depending on your platform, format, and technical needs, your support crew may vary, but we have someone in each of the following roles.
A webinar can be a great (and cost-effective) way to reach a national audience and collaborate with partners around the country or across the world. With sufficient planning, good communication, and a clear sense of purpose, this can be an important addition to the services and educational tools you already provide. Make the most of it, and good luck!
Months of planning came together this past Tuesday with the National Forum’s webinar on the subject of Holistic Support for Undocumented Students in a Rapidly Changing Policy Environment. The webinar was a collaboration between the National Forum and several cosponsor organizations: the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), and UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program (USP). We were fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Teresita Wisell from CCCIE, Maureen Fitzpatrick from City Colleges of Chicago, Ruben Canedo from USP, and current Berkeley senior Jesus Mendoza.
The presentations were fantastic, but I’m not going to spend much time talking about them because soon you’ll be able to watch them for yourself on the uLEAD Network website—and if you want to learn about strategies for providing undocumented college students with the best support possible (as an individual, office, or institution), I highly recommend you do so.
Instead, I want to talk about the conversation that emerged among our listeners. When we started planning our webinars this fall, we debated whether to include a chat box our listeners could use. Would people use it? Would it distract from the presenters? Was there a better way to gather questions to ask our presenters during the Q&A?
Despite our concerns, it proved to be a perfect complement to the information provided by our presenters. The webinar drew listeners from diverse institutions across the country—the most common locations included California, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, New York, Washington, and Michigan. Having a way to communicate with other listeners allowed for a true conversation as people answered each other’s questions, shared resources, and commented on how they’ve experienced the topics being discussed by the presenters. At many colleges, there may not be a formal support system for undocumented students, and staff at such colleges were able to compare notes with those working in different institutional environments. People could draw new ideas from work being done across the country, and they could connect with colleagues close to home—listeners from North Carolina even exchanged contact information to start a working group.
When we plan events, we pay attention to the big questions, and rightly so. But last week’s webinar was a reminder that small changes in structure can have a significant effect. Including a chat box seemed like a very minor question. We wondered if it would be superfluous or distracting; in the end, it served to supplement and reinforce our presenters’ knowledge and create a deeper experience. As we think about future events, we can look for ways to support similar connection, collaboration, and conversation.
Seeing my older sister attend Clark Atlanta University gave me an early impression of Minority Serving Institutions as higher education institutions dedicated to holistic formation for students of color. At CAU my stepsister developed as an athlete, experimented with different majors, grew as a leader, and explored other aspects of her identity, particularly gender. The strong foundation she built at CAU reverberates through her life now as a collegiate tennis coach and mentor for students. Her experiences at a Historically Black University expanded my early conceptions of what college meant, including academic, personal, and spiritual growth.
Those themes flowed through the presentations at the Minority Serving Institutions Symposium. Our opening presenters, Jeremiah Thompson and Dr. Jaime Chahin, highlighted how MSIs have a distinctive approach to the personal formation of students. Sharing his experiences attending predominantly White institutions, Mr. Thompson reminded us of the unwelcoming and racist messages Native American students still encounter. At Tribal Colleges, Native American students can engage a course of study in an environment dedicated to enriching their cultural knowledge and identity. The educational environments at MSIs, steeped in a cultural heritage and curiosity, encourage students of color to grew in their various identities. Faculty and campus administrators of color, uniquely positioned and motivated to promote student success, foster this process.
Dr. Chahin provided a fascinating case study of how intentional leadership transformed Texas Status University into a thriving Hispanic Serving Institution. Through incentives for faculty to create culturally aligned courses and promoting student voice to suggest new activities, Texas State grew into a culturally defined institution. I resonated with Dr. Chahin’s description of the mission of HIS, particularly Texas State, to facilitate and encourage students in building a solid foundation to go forth to the workforce or graduate school with a firm sense of their identity.
Transforming institutions to truly serve students of color requires leadership to motivate actors at different levels to change curriculum, mission, and the environment. Many of the research papers highlighted the challenges of creating and maintaining MSIs. Access to resources, accreditation guidelines, and changes in enrollment at MSIs complicate the ability of institutional actors to enrich and maintain the mission of serving students of color. Our closing session with Dr. JoAnn Canales demonstrated how an intentional focus on holistic development and cultural heritage promoted student growth and success. The symposium provided an opportunity to build a community of research and practice around Minority Serving Institutions. These conversations should continue to investigate the ways MSIs foster cultural wealth at the organizational level and envision strategies to enrich and support these institutions.
Hannah Poulson hails from the small town of DeWitt, MI, just north of Lansing. Living so close to the capitol instilled an appreciation for the importance of government and policy in Hannah at a very young age. As a recent graduate of the Ford School of Public Policy, she focused her studies on issues related to higher education access. She joined the Forum as a research assistant in Fall 2012 working with the Immigration team. With her degree and experiences at the Forum, Hannah hopes to continue working on issues of access. In addition to her time at the Forum, she enjoys traveling, playing water polo, and attempting to learn how to cook.
Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is proud to sponsor the Greenleaf Scholars Program. The purpose of the program is to select and support promising early career scholars and professionals who wish to study the impact of servant leadership in a wide range of organizational or social contexts. The program is administered through The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.
The goals of the program are (1) to inspire a new generation of critical scholarship based on the concepts of servant leadership that were articulated by Robert K. Greenleaf; (2) to support rigorous empirical studies that offer evidence of the impact of servant leadership on the health and effectiveness of organizations and communities; and (3) to build a nurturing community of academic researchers, practitioners, and students who study and teach servant leadership.
The Greenleaf Center will sponsor up to five awards each year for pre-tenured faculty, early career practitioners, and advanced graduate students who engage in research that explores servant leadership. Greenleaf Scholars will be selected by an international review committee comprised of faculty members from the following public and private universities in the United States and overseas, including:
Each Greenleaf Scholar will receive an award of U.S. $2,500 to support outstanding research. Additionally, award recipients will receive support for the following:
• Conference registration fees waived for attendance at the Greenleaf Center’s Annual International Conferences both while the Scholar is conducting his or her sponsored research and when the Scholar’s research is presented.
• Inclusion of the Scholar’s manuscript in an annual National Forum edited monograph and encouragement to publish the research in peer reviewed journals.
All recipients should hold a doctorate (no more than 5 years post-degree) or be at the dissertation stage of their doctoral studies.
The deadline for the 2015 program application is Monday, March 16, 2015. Attached is the application for the Greanleaf Scholars Program.
Additional program questions may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and emerging minority-serving institutions (MSIs) provide access to and support through higher education for many minoritized students nationwide. Research on MSIs, however, offers sometimes conflicting views on the prospects for sustaining MSIs’ missions of servingstudents from these populations. Join scholars of and institutional leaders from MSIs for this symposium examining current research, identifying needed areas for further investigation, and exploring potential collaborative efforts in this vital sector of higher education in the United States.
Topics for the Symposium will include institutional financial resilience, holistic models of student services support, placing minority-serving institutions in a global context, and enhancing pathways from community colleges to four-year institutions, as well as preparation for graduate education.
February 5, 2015
School of Education
12:00 – 1:00
Opening Luncheon & Keynote
1:10 – 2:30
Brownlee and Tribute
2:45 – 3:45
Panel : The Future of MSIs and Serving Students at the Margins
If you missed the webinar, you can check it out in a couple of weeks at uleadnet.org. Thank you to all our participants, presenters, and partners!
“At the core of our work is a desire to make a difference in our society through impacting the way higher education responds to its role to serve the public good.” - Betty Overton, Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and the National Center for Institutional Diversity—both located at the University of Michigan—have agreed to a new level of partnership to include strategic collaboration, joint sponsorship of events and programs, and the development of funding proposals to support work shared between the two organizations. This partnership will largely focus on the areas of higher education access and success for immigrant and undocumented students, and leadership for diversity in higher education.
Since its founding in 2000, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has worked to demonstrate the ways in which higher education serves a greater public role. It has recently focused some of its work on higher education’s responds to supporting underserved and minority groups, and the institutions that serve them. Led by its Director, Professor Betty Overton, the National Forum works to encourage people to frame college education as not only an access point for a career, but as a resource for the greater good of society.
Historically, the University of Michigan has distinguished itself as a pioneer in diversity. This commitment by the University to affirm the central value and undeniable importance of institutional diversity to the mission of all colleges and universities was the seed in creating the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID). Since its establishment in 2006, NCID has centered its priorities on offering empirical context for diversity efforts, linking diversity to measures of meaningful participation, and acknowledging the discourse that surrounds higher education and using it as a principal means through which diversity can be understood, interpreted, and advanced.
With the 2013 appointment of NCID’s current Director, Professor John Burkhardt, the center has been successful in building partnerships across the UM campus and has started to establish a network of scholars in other institutions who are studying diversity issues. They have begun to decentralize the diversity agenda by engaging other schools and colleges, and promoting innovation across the university. The NCID strategic plan emphasizes leadership development, national partnerships, and communications, and acts as a mechanism used to reassert the importance of diversity in the mission of higher education. As such, the recent partnership with the National Forum is an essential stride in the journey to further the diversity narrative.
One of the first steps taken in advancing the shared work will be the expansion of the uLEAD network, a web based utility that provides up-to-date information about issues affecting undocumented students in higher education. The uLEAD network was established in 2012 through a grant from the Ford Foundation. In addition to the expansion of uLead, the National Forum and NCID staff will collaborate in supporting several leadership for diversity efforts, including programs with the American Council on Education, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.
This partnership will advance the realization of goals long held by each of the two groups. The National Forum will be providing support and technical assistance to NCID’s work in leadership development, contributing research from its evaluation of related programming in minority serving institutions and building on institutional case studies. Together, the National Forum and NCID will work to support a communication effort geared toward higher education leaders who are pursuing commitments to diversity and inclusion.