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The Detroit College Access Network is extremely to have you join us at the 2022 Metro Detroit College Access & Success Conference at Wayne State University. This 2-day conference is an opportunity for College Access Professionals to engage in a learning environment to identify strategies for improving your current college-going culture within your school/organization. We look forward to seeing you in-person for the first time since 2019!

Due to the number of registrations received we are close to our capacity for the event. At this time you will be placed on a waiting list for the event. 

Registration Includes

2-Day Conference Access

Dynamic Keynote Speakers

20 Breakout Sessions

Continental Breakfast & Lunch

16 College/Career SCECH Credits

Free Parking

Keynote Speakers

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John Ambrose

Executive Director of Admissions Michigan State University


John Perkins

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 29, 2022

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 am - 10:00 am - General Session
Keynote Speaker - John Ambrose, Executive Director of Admissions Michigan State University

10:00am - 11:00am - Breakout Session 1

11:15 am - 12:15 pm - Breakout Sessions 2

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch & Panel Discussion
"Michigan State Aid Overview"
"How to build a data driven College Going Culture"

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Breakout Session 3

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Closing 

Friday, September 30, 2022

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 am - 10:00 am - General Session
Keynote Speaker - John Perkins, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch & Panel Discussion
"Skill Trade Panel Discussion" 

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Closing 

10:00am - 11:00am - Breakout Session 1

11:15 am - 12:15 pm - Breakout Sessions 2

Breakout Sessions (Thursday)

Working with students with experience in foster Care

Marla Garmo, Success Coach Wayne State University

An overview of resources and support available to students that spent time in foster care after the age of 14.

How to Prepare High School Students to Become Competitive Medical School Applicants

Donavon Roy, Vice Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, Wayne State University 

Participants will find out which courses and resources will help them prepare their students for medical school application. The presentation will provide teachers and counselors with the information they need to assist their students with matriculation into premedical undergraduate and medical school programs. We will discuss the barriers that prevent BIPOC students from enrolling in medical schools.

The Black Male & QUEENS Focus Group: A Sankofian Liberation Praxis of Nurturing Black Brilliance!

Kalvin DaRonne Harvell, Ph.D, Ed.S. Professor of Sociology/Coordinator of the Black Male & QUEENS Focus Group

Operating from a framework of Black intellectual brilliance grounded in the historic art of Kujichagulia (doing for self), this presentation focuses on the necessity of reclaiming to reposition the education of Black people. As our collective sacred response to systems of domination assaulting the intellect and bodies of Black students daily, the presentation is an exploration of an academic and social support network formed to address issues of belonging, retention, and the academic success of Black students on the campus of Henry Ford College. Although localized to one campus, this comprehensive model of success can be easily emulated and generalized for implementation in various academic settings. Nurturing excellence, not deficits, is indispensable to the development of successful students!

MiSSG Training for HS Counselors State of Michigan

Financial Aid Programs

Felicia Pelto, Outreach Analyst, MI Student Aid - Michigan Treasury

This event will provide high school counselors and college access professionals with information on MI Student Aid resources available, such as: State financial aid programs, navigating the data management system, MiSSG, MI Student Aid Scholarship Search, Social Media, GovDelivery communication, and MI Student Aid Customer Care Center. Through discussion, counselors and college access professionals will share successful strategies, learn about MI Student Aid's regional approach, and how to implement MI Student Aid services into their work with students.

Breakout Session (Friday)

Working with Independent Students on the FAFSA

Stephen Neibors M.Ed., Assistant Director for Outreach University of Michigan

Helping to support independent students navigating the FAFSA process.

Essay Writing Less Time and Less Stress

Susan Knoppow, CEO, Wow Writing Workshop

Guiding students through the college essay writing process can be overwhelming. How do you make sure they’ve chosen the right topic? How much editing is too much? What can you accomplish with limited time and too many students? In this session, we'll discuss practical ways to make the most of your resources and skills so students can write effective, meaningful essays that will help their applications shine. Participants will receive tip sheets and guidelines, along with a link to Wow's free ebook for students.

Detroit Promise Overview

Christine Rodger, Manager of Detroit Promise

Working with DACA Students

Carrie A. Gilchrist, Ph.D. Senior Financial Aid Outreach Advisor Oakland University

The presenters will briefly discuss the need for educational, financial, legal, personal, and employment assistance and opportunities to provide support to DACA students before transitioning into a panel discussion.


Wayne State University

McGregor Memorial Conference Center

495 Gilmour Mall, Detroit, MI 48202


Law School Parking Lot #32

475 W Palmer Ave,

Detroit, MI 48202, USA

(5 minute walk)

Event Sponsor

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