PROMISE SSI 2015 Extended Agenda

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PRE-CONFERENCE: Thursday – Friday, August 13- 14, 2015

SSI Full Program: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Location for all events: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

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Thursday & Friday, August 13-14, 2015

The 2015 SSI PROMISE Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Sponsored by the PROMISE at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

DH UMB fullThe 2015 SSI PROMISE Dissertation House at The Hotel Arundel Preserve is sponsored by the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). UMB is one of the primary partners for the PROMISE AGEP, and has hosted Dissertation Houses and writing workshops on their campus in Baltimore. This year, UMB is sponsoring the alliance-wide Dissertation House, inviting participants from STEM graduate programs throughout the state of Maryland. UMB’s Writing Center will provide a mini-lecture during the DH, and the PROMISE Dissertation Coach, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale will be the hosting mentor, and Dr. Renetta Tull will be available for mentoring meetings.

UMB’s Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Erin Golembewski, and the team from UMB (Coordinator –  LaNette Parson, Writing Center Coordinator – Clancy Clawson) welcome applicants from around the state to UMB’s 2015 PROMISE Dissertation House. The Dissertation House at the 2015 SSI will have a separate application and registration process (Deadline July 24, 2015.) Please visit the Dissertation House’s website here: Interested parties must commit to attending the Dissertation House’s activities on Friday, *AND* the Summer Success Institute on Saturday. As part of the PROMISE SSI Dissertation House structure, complimentary hotel lodging will be provided for a small number of DH participants, with priority going to participants from western Maryland and the eastern shore, e.g., Frostburg University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Salisbury University, due to the distance between their campuses and the SSI DH hotel.

About PROMISE at The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB):,

Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale


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Friday Night, August 14, 2015

8:30 PM – 10 PM

Book Discussion & Dessert Session: Sisters in the Dissertation House

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Book author Dr. Jennifer Bacon will be discussing the “Sisters in The Dissertation House” book, based on the experiences of Maryland students who persisted through their dissertation process via the intervention and support system of the PROMISE Dissertation House. Dr. Bacon, a former professor at Iona College, is currently working on writing projects as a resident of Costa Rica. This session is open to women and men.

Moderator: Dr. Shanna L. Smith, former PROMISE College Park Assistant and current Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellow, English Department, Bloomsburg State University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith’s writing and poetry has been published, and she was a featured professor for Bloomsburg State University’s “Big Dog” Reading Series. Shanna L. Smith is author of “Being Neighborly: Performance in Seen It All and Done the Rest”, Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood (McFarland & Company, 2012)

Alexis & NikkiDiscussants for the “Sisters in the Dissertation House” session at the 2015 SSI include women who were featured in the book:


Click here for “Sisters in the Dissertation House” 8/14/15: Details and Registration Information


Saturday, August 15, 2015

SSI:   Full Conference, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Eventbrite - PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2015: Grad Students, Postdocs, AlumsLast day to register for the event: August 11th, 2015

  • Registration (Begins at 7:30 AM) – 2nd floor open area

  • 8:00 AM: Welcome – Ballroom, Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC; Director, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP – USM

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  • 8:05 – 8:55 AM Financial Expo & Breakfast Round Tables – Ballroom

1) Ken Venick – Equity Mortgage Lending
2) Sheryl Parks, CFP®, Financial Advisor at Marshall Financial Group and Associate Professor, Community College of Baltimore County
3) Les Tripp, CEO of British Investments Inc.
4) Mike Crabb, AAMS®, Synergy Financial Group
5) Mary Ann Hewitt, Executive Director, Maryland Council on Economic Education
6) Dr. Allen Cox, Managing Director, Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy
7) Kylie-Ann Allen Delgado, Outreach Coordinator, Guidewell Financial Solutions
8) Aaron Little, Financial Advisor
9) Brandon McClure, SECU Branch Manager

  • 9:00 AM Plenary Session – Ballroom

  • 9:45 AM Setting the Stage: “Hacking Diversity in STEM: #ThinkBigDiversity” – Mentoring, Graduate Experiences, & Leadership – Ballroom

Keynote and panelists’ biographies

    • Opening Panelist – Breaking Resistance to Networking: Dr. Christine Grant (NC State)
    • The Mutual Mentoring Model – Dr. Sweeney Windchief (Montana State)
    • Team-based Research/Community of Scholars – Dr. Brian Burt (Iowa State)
    • Systems of Thinking – Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff (Cytonome)
  • 10:45 AM Understanding “Hacking” and “Hacking Diversity” – Ballroom

    • Dr. Tyrone Grandison (White House Innovation Fellow)
    • Dr. Patti Ordóñez (University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras)

  • 11 AM Ph.D./Doctoral Roll Call – Ballroom

    • Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead (Loyola University) – “PROMISE Griot on the Go”
  • 11:15 AM Networking Break – 2nd floor open area

  • 11:30 AM The PROMISE “Hacking Diversity in STEM” Session:  #ThinkBigDiversity – Preventing Diversity Pipeline Attrition, Increasing STEM Career Advancement 

    (3 Tracks)  You do NOT need to know computer programming to participate. ALL disciplines are asked to participate: Social Sciences, Engineering, Education, Sciences, Arts, Math, Technology, and Humanities. Come with your mobile devices: smart phone, tablet, laptop. A Twitter account is preferred for this activity. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can type your contributions as comments at the bottom of this post. We’ll also have post-its for those who want to use the tech-free route. More about the #ThinkBigDiversity initiative.

The preferred entry point is Twitter: @PROMISE AGEP

Tumblr (promisesuccesscommunity), Facebook (PROMISEagep)

Instagram (PROMISEagep), and comments on this post are also acceptable. 

In each case, the hashtag #ThinkBigDiversity should be used. 

There will be “Mentor-Coaches” for each of the three breakout sections. The “Mentor-Coaches” will help to guide groups through the thought process of addressing pain points, tackling challenge areas, and collaborating on solutions.

 Mentor-Coaches include:

PROMISE SSI Panelists (featured above) – Also serving as Mentor-Coaches 

  • Head Coach: Tyrone Grandison, Ph.D., White House Innovation Fellow, Deputy Chief Data Officer at Department of Commerce
  • Brian Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Higher Education (STEM Education), Iowa State University
  • Sweeney Windchief, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, Montana State University
  • Christine Grant, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University, President of the Leveraged Empowerment Consulting Company
  • Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D., Board of Directors for Cytonome (former Chief Executive Officer and former Chief Scientific Officer)

Social Science Researcher Mentor-Coaches

Mentoring Program and Science Legacy Mentor-Coaches

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Exported Videos

    • Breakout 1 – Baltimore Room: Mitigating Risks in the First Year – Eyes on the Prize(First-year graduate students)
    • Breakout 2 – Washington Room: Getting it Done and Moving Forward! (Continuing Graduate Students)
    • Breakout 3 – Severn Room: Engaging as a Professor in the Academy Within Your Lifetime (Professionals/Postdocs/Professors  – PP&P)

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Lunch Mentor Hosts – Alumni, Postdocs, and Friends of PROMISE:


#ThinkBigDiversity Hacking Diversity in STEM Co-Sponsors

The National Science Foundation

MIT Media Lab

Gladstone Institutes, Princeton University – Levin Lab, Purdue University – The Mentoring at Purdue (MAP) program.


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With online support from members of:

Latinas in Computing



1. Apply for the Dissertation House – Writing Retreat with Hotel Room

(Thursday night/All day Friday, August 13-14) – Application Deadline: July 24, 2015

2. Register for the “Sisters in The Dissertation House” Discussion & Dessert Session

(Friday night, 8:30 – 10:00 PM, August 14)  – Registration Deadline: August 7, 2015

3. Register for the PROMISE SSI Saturday Conference

Includes Financial Expo Breakfast, Plenary, Panel, #ThinkBigDiversity “Hacking” Session, & Lunch

(Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, August 15)  – Registration Deadline: August 11, 2015

Eventbrite - PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2015: Grad Students, Postdocs, AlumsLast day to register for the event: August 11th, 2015

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