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Recognition Awards

Champion of Student Success (OPS) Award

Lucy Dillard

Champion of Student Success (USPS) Award

Aracelis Nieves
Miriam Rosario

Champion of Student Success (A&P/Faculty) Award

Christopher Craig
Erika Staiger

Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

Zarin Tasnim

Graduate Student of the Year Award

Juliet Cahow

ABC-Above, Beyond, and Consistent Award

Jesse Sunski

Charge On Award

V’Rhaniku Haynes

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Michael Aldarondo- Jeffries

Vice Provost’s and Dean’s Partnership Award

Rebecca Piety (SARC)
Stephen O’Connell (KMETC)
Wayne Jackson (MASS)
Josefina Rosario (MASS)

Vice Provost’s and Dean’s Team Innovation Award

Registrar’s Office Transfer Credit Team

Steven Sesit
Katherine Compton
Theresa Burns
Tara Brooks
Michelle Parker

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Guzmán, Ed.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Andrea Guzmán joined UCF as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in July of 2021. Prior to this, she served as Associate Vice President for Student Outreach and Diversity at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) since 2014. In this role, she led efforts to provide a campus climate that supports diversity and inclusion, student success, personal development, and integrated student learning experiences. In addition, Dr. Guzmán assisted the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in implementing continuous improvement efforts, goal setting, strategic plans, assessment, and professional development programs within the division.

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2:40- 3:10 PM

21-22 IE Cycle Results

Shalanda Moten (DSP)

A poster presentation for last year’s IE Cycle (2021 results and 2022 plans); featuring the IE process and key highlights from 2020-21 IE Results

Building Trust through Appreciative Education

Dylan Castillo (KMETC), Beth Ganz (UCF Connect), Angela Neri (ATD)

Building trust with our students is an important step in helping them to feel connected, engaged, and supported at UCF. Utilizing positive psychology and other change methodologies, Appreciative Education has allowed educational institutions to foster stronger relationships with their students by creating a culture of ongoing learning, change, and improvement. Appreciative Education can be practiced with students in academic advising, coaching, and other higher education settings using its six phases (Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle). This presentation will explore how the framework of Appreciative Education and how the first phase, Disarm, can be used to build trust and unlock student potential.

Developing Inclusive Learning Environments for Co-curricular Experiences

Ana Mack (SARC)

In Fall 2020, the Student Academic Resource Center began offering students select Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Tutoring sessions in hybrid format. Hybrid sessions combine in-person and online attendance, allowing students to choose the modality that works best for them. This poster presentation will describe how offering student-facing services in multiple modalities has improved equity and accessibility to meet the learning needs of UCF’s diverse student population, as well as discuss challenges faced by both facilitators and attendees in hybrid spaces.

Success Pathways: A Roadmap for Seamless Academic Transition for Transfer Students

Farah Abass (CUGS)

UCF is keen on improving 2-year graduation rates for transfer students. In support of this goal, The College of Undergraduate Studies embarked on creating the Success Pathways in Fall 2020 geared for major readiness for transfer students from our 6 partner institutions and beyond. Jenkins and Fink (2016) identify mapping of pathways as an “essential practice” necessary to ensure that transfer students who matriculate to a 4-year institution are major ready. This poster presentation will highlight the process of developing the Success Pathways from creating urgency, buy-in, implementation, and maintenance. We shall also discuss the foundational principles that undergirded the creation of the Success Pathways and how we engaged DirectConnect® to UCF partners in this collaborative work. The pathway work attests to UCF’s commitment to transfer student success with a keen focus on strategies and efforts that would accelerate two-year and three-year graduation rates.

Black Student Success Initiative

Ryan Goodwin (CHEI), Claudine McLaren Turner (CHEI)

UCF and the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) are partners in student success. Together, they have advanced work to better understand the Black student experience and advance Black student success at UIA member campuses. Here, we describe UCF’s efforts to holistically understand the Black student experience at UCF, intervene to increase participation in existing successful academic support services, and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. The effort provides a model for student success understanding, intervention, and evaluation for other UCF units to replicate.

Committee Members


Kimberly Schneider
Harrison Oonge

Administrative Lead

Maxwell Kaplowitz

Best Practices

Kimberly Hardy
Steven Johnson

Communication & Marketing

Barbara Smith
Joseph C. Giron

Diversity and Inclusion

Emily (Nanette) Rank
Sandra Leon-Barth

Research & Assessment

Rocio Tonos
Shalanda Moten