Release Date: April 21, 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A group of University at Buffalo experts and students will hold a panel discussion on ways to strengthen efforts to make UB more accessible to underrepresented communities. The panel will address topics including access to visiting the university; student expectations; counselor-to-student ratios; and the application and financial aid processes.
When: Tuesday, April 28, at noon
Where: Student Union Theatre on the UB North Campus
What: Expanding Access to Higher Education: The Pathway to Prosperity Working Together to Develop Sustainable Solutions
Who: Nate Daun-Barnett (associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education) will provide opening remarks before sitting on the panel with Karen King (program manager of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership), Ramone Alexander (project director for the UB Liberty Partnerships Program), Lee Melvin (vice provost for enrollment), and Dante Iozzo (UB student and co-director of the student-run Primer Project).
The discussion will cover three areas:
· College enrollment challenges faced by students in under-resourced and low-performing schools.
· Discussion of existing programs aimed at improving accessibility, including UB’s FAFSA Completion Project, which produced a 61-percent increase in Buffalo Public Schools students’ financial aid requests, and the UB student-run Primer Project.
· A brain-storming session that explores possible collaborations and ways of increasing student volunteer efforts.
Inspiring collaboration is one of the panel goals, according the Andrew Tabashneck, a graduate student in the School of Social Work who helped organize the event with fellow student Kyle Reiser and many partnering student organizations and informal faculty advisors.
“Increasing effectiveness is part of the session, but we also want to give UB students a vehicle to make a difference in the life of a child and a community as a whole,” said Tabashneck. “We want to give current students a chance to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible.”
For questions and additional information, contact Tabashneck at firstname.lastname@example.org.