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2019 Graduate Education Summit

Thursday, 31 October 2019 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Conference Center

Graduate Student Engagement and Inclusion


Intended WCU Audience: Graduate Faculty, Graduate Program Directors, Key Staff, and Administrators.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda J. Harding, Assistant Director of the Data Science Institute, Vanderbilt University

Amanda Harding is the Assistant Director of the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University. The institute was launched in 2018 as a cross collaborative initiative to enhance data-driven research on campus and train future leaders through educational programming. She was hired on as the first staff member to manage the institute by running daily operations including strategic planning, new initiatives and programs, fiscal and people management. In addition, Amanda has directed the recruitment and enrollment of the first cohort of Master’s students who begin their courses in late August 2019.  

 Amanda’s background and expertise lies within the graduate education space, where she has managed four different graduate programs at three different universities, both public and private. She earned her BS in Business Administration from The College at Brockport, State University of NY and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Buffalo State College. Amanda is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations through Vanderbilt Peabody College’s newly launched online program. When she’s not working or studying, you can find her lifting weights at the gym, listening to podcasts, or traveling to tropical places.  

Graduate Student Engagement and Inclusion: Life Cycle of a Graduate Student

12:00 p.m. Graduate Education Summit Buffet Lunch
12:15 p.m. Introductions
12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Keynote Address: Amanda Harding
12:50 - 1:30 p.m. Break Out Sessions
Breakout 1 Student Engagement in an Online or Hybrid Environment
Discussion Leaders: Amanda Harding and Dr. Ramona Whichello
Breakout 2 Diversity, Recruitment and Inclusion
Discussion Leaders:  Mr. Ricardo Nazario-Colon and Dr. Paul Worley
Breakout 3 Engagement through Building Cross Campus Relationships
Discussion Leaders: Mr. BaShaun Smith and Dr. Yancey Gulley
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Report Out and Conclusion

The Graduate Education Summit is an annual event designed to engage graduate faculty and key staff in an issue relevant to graduate education and pedagogy. 

A buffet lunch will be served to participants at noon. Join us for lunch and discussion around this topic.

We look forward to seeing you on October 31.

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