In celebration of alliance through many different models of reform and engagement, we will host a facilitated panel with our Scaling Site leaders and Technical Assistance providers. Based on their work together throughout the project, we have the opportunity to learn about collaboration, implementation of reform practices, how they operationalized equity within their models, best practices and challenges. This panel will include leaders from our four original scaling sites and Technical Assistant providers, including Ohio Department of Higher Education, State University of New York, City University of New York and University System of Georgia, and will be moderated by SStF’s Equity Consultant, Dr. Judy Marquez-Kiyama.
Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Moderator
Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama serves as an equity consultant with Strong Start to Finish. She is also the Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Development within the Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Arizona and Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice.
Vanessa Keadle, Student-Ready Strategies
Vanessa Keadle is the Chief Strategy Officer for Student-Ready Strategies. In this role, she supports institutional transformation through delivery of intentional, equity-focused technical assistance and capacity support. Prior to joining SRS, Vanessa worked at Complete College America and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Her expertise is in developmental education reform, particularly corequisite support and placement strategies. Vanessa also served for years as a student affairs professional. She is currently working toward her doctorate degree, conducting research that focuses on corequisite support and college student persistence.
Tom Sudkamp, Ohio Department of Education
Dr. Thomas Sudkamp is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education. As the Chief Academic Officer, Tom’s responsibilities include statewide student success initiatives, transfer policies, program approval and dual enrollment. Prior to joining the Department of Higher Education, Tom served as Executive Director of the Ohio Strong Start to Finish program, a collaboration of 30 public Ohio colleges and universities with the goal of increasing the number of students who complete gateway mathematics and English courses in their first year through guided degree pathways, developmental education reform, and holistic academic and advising support.
Robert Todd, University System of Georgia
Robert Todd is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success & Completion at the University System of Georgia. He leads the USG Momentum Approach and Complete College Georgia initiatives that strive to ensure increased college completion through guided pathways, growth mindset, predictive analytics, intentional advising and related efforts. His current foci include the High Impact Practices Implementation Project to scale equitable HIPs statewide, addressing the need for experiential learning, and a related Course Attribute Dashboard to capture HIPs experiences in the Banner student information system.
Mari Watanabe-Rose, City University of New York
Dr. Mari Watanabe-Rose is Director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Research at the Central Office of Academic Affairs of the City University of New York (CUNY). Since she joined CUNY Central in 2009, Mari has worked on remediation reforms and promoted student supports that are more effective than traditional, prerequisite developmental education. Since 2019, she has organized seven university-wide professional development events for learning mindsets, in which more than 1,000 faculty, staff and campus leaders participated from across CUNY. Mari has a Ph.D. in Psychology, Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis, and is a Board Certified and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst.
LaDonna Young, Motivate Lab
LaDonna Young is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at Motivate Lab and a champion for educational equity and racial justice. With over twenty years of urban K-12 and higher education practitioner and administrative experiences, LaDonna supports Motivate Lab by providing leadership and strategic vision for new partner relationships and advancing equity-centered work for tools and product development. LaDonna enjoys coaching and challenging practitioners to interrogate and mitigate policies, practices, pedagogy and systems that perpetuate (in)equity and opportunity gaps for historically marginalized students, particularly Black students.