CSTEP/McNair Scholars Attend Southern Regional Education Board’s National Institute for Teaching & Mentoring Conference

Front left to right: CSTEP/McNair Scholars Alyssa Morrissey & Tamieka Henry. Back left to right: CSTEP/McNair Scholar Zachary Willifo...

Three CSTEP/McNair Scholars attended the 30th annual Southern Regional Education Board’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Tampa, Florida in October.

CSTEP/McNair Scholars Zachary Williford-Webb (social work major), Alyssa Morrissey (African/Afro-American studies & sociology), and Tamieka Henry (exercise science intent) attended the 30 annual Southern Regional Education Board’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Tampa, Florida.

According to their website, “the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring… has become the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. Now in its 30th year, the Institute gives the issue of faculty diversity a national focus and provides minority scholars with the strategies necessary to survive the rigors of graduate school, earn the doctoral degree and succeed as members of the professoriate.”

Upon his return, Williford-Webb reflected:

“The SREB conference was a life-changing opportunity for me. Having the chance to intimately learn from and network with students pursing their PhD has given me a vivid roadmap to where I am myself trying to go. As a McNair Scholar, learning about the process of obtaining a postgraduate degree has been a wonderful experience in itself, however, speaking directly to individuals who are navigating funding, time allotment, and research obligations in these spaces has proven to be invaluable in my graduate school application preparation.”

While there, scholars attended professional development workshops, networked with fellow undergraduate and doctoral students, and connected with graduate schools. Each of the three CSTEP/McNair Scholars from Brockport who attended plan to pursue PhDs in their respective fields.

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Andrea Newman (anewman@brockport.edu)

Posted: December 06, 2023