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Latino Student Retreat: Ponte Las Pilas


Saturday, August 29th, 2020
Morgan University Center-3rd Floor
10 am - 3:00 pm 


The Hispanic Cultural Center in collaboration with other university departments is excited to announce Ponte Las Pilas (Get Energized) Latino Student Retreat!  We invite ALL students to join us for the opportunity to connect with other fellow governors, learn about important resources on campus, and engage in meaningful dialogue through different breakout sessions.  

Retreat Itinerary:

10 am - 11 am: Check-In/Breakfast
11 am - 11:35 am: Welcome
11:40 am - 12:15 pm: Breakout Session I
12:15 pm - 1:20 pm: Lunch
1:25 pm - 2 pm: Breakout Session II
2:05 pm - 2:45 pm: Student and College Personnel Panel
2:45 pm - 3 pm: Closing

Breakout Session I Workshops

Presenter: Jolann Baldwin, Director- Student Conduct and Case Management
During this session, we will talk about consent, what it looks like/what it isn’t, and how to gain it without ruining the mood.
Presenter: Kelly Carpenter- Coordinator, Leadership and Student Organizations
We will discuss how to find involvement opportunities at APSU and how to develop a strategic plan for student leadership that puts you on the path for success.
Presenter: LaNeeça R. Williams- Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Despite decades of legal and social reform aimed at reducing discrimination, inequality continues to be a significant problem in all societies. This interactive workshop will look at ways to help students become better advocates and create a supportive culture for other LatinX students who may face unconscious bias. The session will identify processes that impact how individuals interact with students who are demographically dissimilar from them. Students will also examine those processes that influence decision making and determine how to more effectively leverage and counter unconscious biases that some LatinX students may experience.
Presenters: Nazim Chaker- Area Coordinator, Housing/Residence Life & Dining Services
Theresa Walton- Area Coordinator, Housing/Residence Life & Dining Services
Financial Literacy is a session designed to educate students on how to set a budget, navigate their finances, and learn about financial resources offered by the University.

Breakout Session II Workshops

Presenter: Samantha Mallory- Director, Learning Resource Center
We’ll discuss how college classrooms may not be the best place for cell phones, slang, or a variety of other behaviors.
Presenter: Marcus Hayes- Chair, Department of Theater and Dance
Professor of Dance and African American Studies
Chair, University Diversity Committee
We will discuss why it is important to ask for help and practice techniques for asking your friends, family, faculty, and staff for the help you need to be successful at APSU.
Presenters: Teresa Prendes-Walls- Assistant Director, Student Counseling Services
Isaiah J. Hurtado- Coordinator, Student Wellness & Prevention
Whether you are learning from home or are leaving it for the first time, navigating relationships with loved ones while in college can be very difficult. This presentation will focus on these relationships and provide tangible strategies for creating healthy boundaries. 
Presenter: Ashley Kautz- Coordinator, Adult, Nontraditional & Transfer Student Center
Do you ever feel like a “fraud” or that you don’t belong- whether it be in your position at work, in a student organization, or as a student at APSU, we will discuss what impostor syndrome is and how to manage these feelings of inadequacy that often surface in college.
The Ponte Las Pilas (Get Energized) Latino Student Retreat event will adhere to all campus regulations regarding COVID-19, social distancing measures, and will be formatted with participant safety in mind. All event details are subject to change.