30+ Outstanding Scholars Participated in "2018 Next Steps College Conference" Hosted by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE)
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On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program invited 30+ outstanding IUB 21st Century Scholars to participate in this year's "2018 Next Steps College Annual Conference" at Ivy Tech Community College hosted by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and funded by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA). During the conference, the staff of the Indiana CHE hosted several pre-professional workshops and activities for Scholars to develop 21st-century skills during and after college. Over 80 scholars from across 20 higher education institutions participated in this year's statewide conference, with Indiana University Bloomington representing the largest institution at the event.
The conference kicked off with a complimentary breakfast hosted by the Indiana 21st Century Scholars Program followed by a welcome message by Stephanie Wilson, Associate Commissioner at Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Afterward, Eric Hoover, an Indiana University Fort Wayne (IUFW) 21st Century Scholar Alumni, delivered a keynote message on financial wellness and mental health, followed by key strategies students can use to communicate with empathy across all racial/ethnic groups. After the keynote, several breakout sessions were offered for IU 21st Century Scholars to attend. A few topics discussed at the breakout sessions included 1) Tips & Tricks: Applying to Graduate School, 2) Blueprints: A Guide to LinkedIn, 3) Navigating Life & Career after College, 4) Learning to Lead through Mentoring, 5) Serving in Your Community with AmeriCorps, 6) The Power of a Photograph, 7) Financial Empowerment, and 8) Interests, Values, and Beliefs: Understanding the Importance of Teamwork and Communication.
Olivia M. Dockter, an IU 21st Century Scholar sophomore studying Criminal Justice from the IU College of Arts and Sciences & current Vice President of the IU 21st Century Scholars Program Leadership Corps, said "The conference was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I have participated as a scholar at IU Bloomington. It was a very well-rounded well-planned event that had something for everyone regardless of your major or class standing at Indiana University.”
Brittany K. Kurt, ScholarCorps AmeriCorps Member
Roy Y. Chan,