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Session #1 |
Keynote  Presentation | 9:10 to 10:10 AM




Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey 
Director- Glendale Community College/Behavioral Health Sciences


Building Students' Resilience and Well-being to Protect and Heal the Mind, Body, and Spirit from Traumatic Stress

Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey, DBH-c, MSC, LAMFT, CMHFA, CCTP, CFTP, CFTPI, is the Director of Behavioral Health Sciences and Professor at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona State University (NAU). Dr. Aubrey has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He obtained his doctorate in behavioral health (integrated behavioral medicine) from Arizona State University (ASU) and is currently working on a second doctorate in cognitive psychology. 

He is the author of the textbook, The Resilient Learner: Thriving and Succeeding In College, and co-author of the books: Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving and Unlocking the Code to Human Resiliency: Building Professional Resiliency Against Burnout, 
Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue. 
He serves as Chair of the Behavioral Health Sciences Advisory Board at GCC and serves on the board as a member for the GCC Exercise Science and Nutrition Advisory Council. In addition,  
Dr. Aubrey serves on the Psychology/ 

Counseling Advisory Board for Grand Canyon University and the Advisory Board for Arizona Trauma Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Dr. Aubrey has over 15 years of diverse experience in behavioral healthcare, including trauma treatment, crisis stabilization, marital counseling, career and academic counseling, and integrated behavioral medicine for the treatment of comorbid behavioral and medical conditions.



Session #2 | 
10:20 A.M. to 11:35 A.M.




Dr. Christine Johnston

Director of the Rowan University Center
 for the Advancement of Learning & Founder of Let Me Learn


Topic: Effective teaching and engagement strategies in the virtual environment 

Innovatively Connect in a Digitally Distant World Through
Personalized Learning


Dr. Christine Johnston is the Director of Rowan University’s Center for the Advancement of Learning. As such, she is currently heading-up research inquiries studying the effects of the Let Me Learn Process on teacher-student interaction, student assessment outcomes, literacy, and student persistence. For the past eleven years she has engaged in studies on the Let Me Learn Process including work with 19 universities within the US and abroad, and 38 US school districts. This year she completed a two-year consultancy to the EU’s LML Grundtvig Project (continuing education and recruitment of underrepresented populations in higher education) working with participants from Italy, Spain, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, and 
Holland. Dr. Johnston serves on the external advisory board to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences and in a consultant capacity to Corporate DuPont’s Office of Research and Education.

Dr. Johnston received her Ed.D. from Rutgers University in 1985, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Christine has presented refereed papers on this topic in the US and abroad, and has  authored books, chapters, and articles on the topic. Dr. Johnston has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Educational Internship, an NSF Graduate Fellowship, a Department of Education, State of New Jersey, education-innovation grant, and a Corporate DuPont Education grant. Christine is active in community and church organizations. She is married, the mother of three, and grandmother of four. 



Donya Meggs
Pima Community College- ABECC- Instructor and College/Career Navigator




Topic: Infusing "purpose" into the adult education classroom

Teaching Climate Change for Empowerment

Donya Meggs has been anABE/HSE instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona since 1998.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Alabama in 1991. In addition to teaching all levels of both reading/ writing and math in the ABE/HSE program, she also previously taught a wide variety of adult special education classes.  In addition to her work at PCC, she has served on the board of Sustainable Tucson and continues to volunteer for the organization.  Passionate about rigorous and meaningful curriculum, the healing power of social-emotional learning, civic/ community engagement, and this incredible planet we live on, she believes teaching is definitely an art!  In her spare time, she is an avid dancer and loves spending time with her beautiful felines.



Emily Marderness

Pima Community College Refugee Education Program




Topic: Technological equity and accessibility in the virtual environment

Virtual Classrooms: A New Frontier for Adult Emergent Reader Refugees


Emily Marderness has been an instructor in the Refugee Education Program at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona since July 2018. She teaches the Adult Emergent Reader level. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics and Geography and is pursuing an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona.




LUNCH BREAK




Session #3 | 
12:20 A.M. to 1:35 P.M.




Dr. Karly Way Schauwecker

Yavapai College
Sociology and Psychology Faculty



Topic: Trauma- Informed Pedagogy and Best-Practices 

Classrooms Strategies to Support Students in Times of Stress, Crisis 

(or a Global Pandemic) 

Dr. Karly Way Schauwecker is a Professor of Sociology and Psychology at Yavapai College. She holds an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College, a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University, and an M.A. in Health Communication from Southern New Hampshire University. Her research specialties include trauma healing and recovery through education, expressive arts therapies and yoga. In 2019, she designed and facilitated a Yoga Teacher Training Program (RYT-200) for YC's Sedona Campus, to train practitioners in teaching yoga to underserved communities. Her sabbatical project next year will focus on creating a bridge program for trauma survivors and other marginalized communities to YC's adult education, community education, certificate and degree programs.




Shelby Carter

University  of Arizona
Department of Communication


Topic: Avoiding and Dealing with Micro-aggressions in the Classroom

Communicating Microaffirmation to Support Student Success and Wellbeing


Shelby Carter is from Mayfield, Kentucky and is a master's student studying communication at the University of Arizona. In 2019, she received her bachelor of arts degree in Communication and a minor in Marketing from the University of Louisville. Shelby's research interests broadly include supportive communication, positive influence, and leadership. In addition to her research, she is passionate about teaching and working with students in the college setting.




Dr. Rain Wuyu Liu

University  of Arizona
Department of Communication

Topic: Teaching Controversial Topics in the Adult Education Classroom
Communication of controversial topics: Understanding social norms, audience analysis, and other communication strategies


Rain Wuyu Liu (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. Her research interests span the areas of persuasion, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and social influence. Specifically, her research focuses on the impacts of social norm messages on health and environment information processing, attitude change, and health and conservation behavior promotion. Her publications have appeared in Environmental Communication, Communication Studies, Intercultural Communication Studies, American Behavioral Social Scientist, Sustainability, Computers in Human Behavior, and others.





Taylor Foerster

University  of Arizona
Department of Communication



Taylor Foerster is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Rain Wuyu Liu. She holds degrees in Agricultural Education (MS) and Natural Resources (BS), allowing her to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to her research. Her research interests include the application of social influence and risk communication theory to environmental communication topics, particularly in the human dimensions of the wildlife field.



Session #4 | 1
:45 P.M. to 3:15 P.M.
 
Includes a 15 minute summary/reflection with an AALL board member.



Jodi Perin
Pima Community College
Light and Salt Learning




Kate Redmon
Pima Community College 
Light and Salt Learning





Topic: Avoiding and Dealing with Micro-aggressions in the Classroom

Supporting Students’ Executive Function Through Assistive Technology


Jodi Perin has worked in education for over 15 years.  Her experience includes teaching English in Japan and working as a Family Literacy Instructor with immigrant families in partnership with Head Start preschools and the Sunnyside school district in Tucson, Arizona.  She has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, and she is currently the Assistant Manager at the El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center at Pima Community College.






Kate Remon has been working with struggling learners for the entirety of her 10+ years in education; first, teaching remedial and inclusion high school math classes in rural Hawai’i, then tutoring adults with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, and now as the founder of Light & Salt Learning. Each day she teaches only reinforces her beliefs that the human brain is fantastically plastic and that all learners, given the right support, can become skilled mathematicians. 










Daquanna Harrison

Founder of Elevation Educational
Consulting Group



Topic: Building antiracist and social justice themes into adult education curricula


Daquanna Harrison is the founder of Elevation Educational Consulting Group (www.ElevationEd.com), which ELEVATES the effectiveness of educators, workforce professionals, and organizations by bringing together talented experts to strengthen systems and ELEVATE people.  EECG creates educator training and develops programs for alternative/adult education and career development. Currently, EECG is developing a leadership program for non-traditional educators and plans for it to become a certificate in Educational Leadership. Daquanna provides strategic direction for youth and adult programs. 

Daquanna is the President of MAACCE Board of Directors (www.MAACCEMD.org) and on the T.E.A.C.H advisory board with NBCDI (www.NBCDI.org) providing guidance on scholarships for early-childhood educators.  A proud Tech-Geek she judges the SIIA CODiE Awards, reviewing education, workforce, and college/career readiness technologies.

She is an alumna of Howard, American, and Duke Universities. She completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program from the Institute for Educational Leadership and the MD Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program by the University of Baltimore. Proudly from the Gullah Islands of SC, she resides in Prince George’s MD where she was recognized as 40 Under 40 for Excellence in Education for her work in Adult Education.



Dr. Nicholas C. DelSordi

Phoenix College
Sociology Faculty



Topic: Identifying, Understanding and Healing Past Trauma

The Relationship Between Trauma, Purpose and Resilience: A Question and Answer Session


Dr. Nicholas DelSordi has been an adult educator in Arizona for nearly twenty years and has taught sociology at eight different institutions of higher education, including in the correctional setting. He is currently a faculty member at Phoenix College in the Liberal Arts Department where he emphasizes service learning, community engagement and career readiness among his students. Nicholas previously worked at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) as an Adult Program and Workforce Development Specialist while also serving on the Nineteen Tribal Nations Workforce Development Board. At ADE, Nicholas implemented Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs in both rural and urban Arizona counties. Prior to his time with ADE, Nicholas spent over a decade as a Program Supervisor in correctional education, where he developed and oversaw academic, vocational and cognitive behavioral programs designed for adult male inmates seeking rehabilitation prior to reentry. Dr. DelSordi received a B.S. in Management, an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Sociology---all from Arizona State University. Nicholas’ goal is to ensure that students not only develop their career potential, but that they find their passion and purpose through higher education.  


Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey 

Director- Glendale Community College/Behavioral Health Sciences


Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey, DBH-c, MSC, LAMFT, CMHFA, CCTP, CFTP, CFTPI, is the Director of Behavioral Health Sciences and Professor at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona State University (NAU). Dr. Aubrey has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He obtained his doctorate in behavioral health (integrated behavioral medicine) from Arizona State University (ASU) and is currently working on a second doctorate in cognitive psychology. 

He is the author of the textbook, The Resilient Learner: Thriving and Succeeding In College, and co-author of the books: Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving and Unlocking the Code to Human Resiliency: Building Professional Resiliency Against Burnout, Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue. He serves as Chair of the Behavioral Health Sciences Advisory Board at GCC and serves on the board as a member for the GCC Exercise Science and Nutrition Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Aubrey serves on the Psychology/Counseling Advisory Board for Grand Canyon University and the Advisory Board for Arizona Trauma Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Dr. Aubrey has over 15 years of diverse experience in behavioral healthcare, including trauma treatment, crisis stabilization, marital counseling, career and academic counseling, and integrated behavioral medicine for the treatment of comorbid behavioral and medical conditions. 


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