April 8, 2017

IU 21st Century Scholars Program Participated in "2017 Next Steps College Conference" Sponsored by Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education

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IN THIS PHOTO:

IU 21st Century Scholars: Alexander H. Pistey, Alyssa D. McCutchen, Chenesaimwoy E. Marimirofa, Delaney K. Christy, Elijah J. Secrest, Erika G. Wilson, Funbi Oladimeji, Jerod M. Leatherman, John M. Mason, Kiarra S. Pratchett, Lily A. Bunis-Haines, Marah G. Green, Nitza A. Duran, Paul T. Smith, Praise Kim, Silvia L. Reyes, Vanessa L. Brown, Victoria A. Jones

IU 21st Century Scholars Staff: Roy Y. Chan, Karen M. Franks, Babita L. Upadhyay, Precious S. McMillon

IU Career Development Center (CDC) Staff: Lisa Hamilton

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On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program within the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) invited 25 outstanding IU 21st Century Scholars to participate in this year's "2017 Next Steps College Conference" sponsored by the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education (CHE) in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the conference, the Indiana 21st Century Scholars organized several pre-professional workshops and activities for IU 21st Century Scholars to acquire 21st-century skills in the workplace. Over 80 scholars from across 20 higher education institutions participated in this year's national conference, with IU Bloomington representing the largest participant at the event.

The conference kicked off with a complimentary breakfast hosted by the Indiana 21st Century Scholars followed by a welcome message by Jason Bearce, Senior Associate Commissioner at Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. Afterward, Michael Kendall, an IUPUI 21st Century Scholar Alumni, delivered a keynote message entitled "Creativity, Curiosity, and Next Steps." Following the keynote, several breakout sessions were offered for IU 21st Century Scholars to attend. A few topics discussed at the breakout sessions include 1) The Career Connection: Assessment, Majors and Career Paths, 2) Understanding Student Loans and Repayment, 3) The Power of Persistence, 4) Adulting 101, 5) Financial Empowerment, 6) A Guide to LinkedIn, 7) Win as Much as You Can, 8) Personal and Professional Benefits of Volunteering, 9) How to Get the Job You Want, 10) You're Graduating: So Now What?, 11) Demystifying the Graduate School Application and Personal Statement, and 12) Design Thinking as a Motivational Tool for Success in College.

Funbi Oladimeji, an IU 21st Century Scholar senior studying public health, said "The conference was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I have participated as a scholar at IU Bloomington. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to network with many other scholars and alumni within our campus and to acquire new skills that would allow me to succeed after college." Karen M. Franks, academic advisor of IU 21st Century Scholars Program, and Lisa Hamilton, assistant director of IU Career Development Center (CDC), co-presented a workshop on "You're Graduating: So Now What?" to help scholars learn more about themselves, how to explore options, how to build experience by networking, and how to find part-time employment. Jarod Wilson, an IU 21st Century Scholar Alumni & Postsecondary Outreach and Engagement Manager at Indiana CHE, delivered the closing remarks.

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IU 21st Century Scholars checking in at the registration table with the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education (CHE)

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Karen M. Franks, academic advisor of IU 21st Century Scholars Program, leads a workshop for scholars on "You're Graduating: So Now What?"