Panel: Strength and Support – Updates from SUNY System on Student Engagement

Presentation: Strength and Support – Updates from SUNY System on Student Engagement

Panel Moderator: Dr. Michele Forte is the SUNY Online Student Supports/Success Project Manager, and is an Associate Professor and Mentor in Community and Human Services at SUNY Empire State College.

Tracks: Online Student Support, Online Admin/Leadership, Online Instructional Designer, Online Faculty

DAY 3: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
11:00AM – 12:00PM


Dr. John Graham is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. As the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Student Advocate, Dr. Graham provides system-wide leadership in furthering SUNY System Administration’s academic priorities and campus efforts to improve access, retention, and success of all SUNY students. He serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team and is the principal spokesperson for SUNY initiatives and efforts related to student life including policy development, review and consultation with SUNY Administration partners, campus leaders, and Chief Student Affairs Officers. This collaboration includes the Student Voices Action Committee representing every sector; University Centers, Comprehensive Colleges, Technical and Community Colleges to advise on critical issues and advance student-centric priorities. He also works closely with Student Assembly and serves as the liaison on the Student Life Committee for the Board of Trustees. Dr. Graham provides oversight for all system-wide Educational Opportunity Programs including the Educational Opportunity Centers for Academic and Workforce Development.

Lisa L. McKay currently serves as the Associate Provost and Director of the State University of New York (SUNY) University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD).  As Associate Provost, Ms. McKay oversees a $62M statewide system of Educational Opportunity Centers and the Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN Project). Over the past 19 years at SUNY UCAWD, Ms. McKay has worked to bring opportunity and access to New York State residents who find themselves outside the traditional education and training pipeline.  Ms. McKay holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowie State University.  She began her professional career as a Rehabilitation Counselor working with adults and children affected by substance abuse at the Whitney M. Young Health Center in Albany New York.  She subsequently worked as Program Director at the Homer Perkins Center, a long-term residential drug treatment center, as Project Coordinator for the Women and Violence Coordinating Center at Policy Research Associates (PRA) in Delmar, New York and as the Facility Director for the Arbor Hill Community Center, Inc.  Whether it was working in the food pantry at Arbor Hill Community Center, administering acupuncture for detoxification at Whitney M. Young, working on a national research project that would inform best practices at PRA or picking apples with children in the afterschool program, these collective experiences cemented her passion for developing communities by impacting one life at a time.

Presentation: Strength and Support – Updates from SUNY System on Student Engagement

Online Student Support
, Online Admin/Leadership, Online Instructional Designer, Online Faculty

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