Transfer Success and Recognition Summit

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The Transfer Success and Recognition Summit is for community college counselors, advisors, faculty, and leaders. This interactive summit focuses on transfer success strategies that support students in completing their degrees and prepare them to launch their careers. The summit also highlights and celebrates student success initiatives and leaders at Wayne State University and our college partners who are making a difference in transfer student success.

2023 Transfer Success and Recognition Summit - Nov. 29, 2023 

Schedule at a glance

8:30 a.m. Breakfast and networking  
9:00 a.m. Opening remarks – Ahmad M. Ezzeddine, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Student Affairs and Global Engagement, Wayne State University Full Bio
  University welcome – President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., Wayne State University  Full Bio
  Keynote – Michelle Richard, M.Ed., Senior Education Advisor, State of Michigan  Full Bio
  DEI professional development workshop – Alex Boesch, M.Ed., Intercultural Training Director, Wayne State University  Full Bio
10:30 a.m. Coffee break  
10:40 a.m. Student guest speakers – Mohamed Dabaja and Rayna Tinnon  
10:50 a.m. Roundtable discussions and resource fair  
12:40 p.m. Lunch, networking, and Transfer Champion Awards  
  Closing remarks and takeaways  
1:45 p.m. Optional campus tour  

Roundtable discussions

Choose up to four discussion topics. Each discussion and networking opportunity is approximately 20 minutes and is designed to help make connections to foster future collaborations and partnerships.

Discussion topics

What does DEI look like at your college? Alex Boesch, Intercultural Training Director
How can academic advising support transfer success? Stacie Moser, Academic Advisor IV
How can partnership programs support denied first-year Wayne State students? Nancy Kuszczak, Transfer Advisor 
How can we improve connections to enhance student learning? Kelly Dormer, Director, Undergraduate Affairs
How can Transfer Pathways 2.0 support student transitions? Michael Quattro, Director, Educational Outreach and Transfer Initiatives 
How can we maximize career services for transfers? Shawn Pewitt, Director, Career Services
How can students find meaningful connections and engagement opportunities? Brandon Shamoun, Assistant Dean of Students
How can we increase reverse transfer rates? Colleen Mcilwain, Transfer Credit Manager
How can we improve transfer credit resources? Nicole Saez, Transfer Advisor 
Why transfer to Wayne State? Transfer Student Ambassadors and Kaleigh Webber, Transfer Advisor

Wayne State University

Wayne State is proud to have strong, collaborative relationships with all of Michigan’s 31 public and tribal community colleges. Each fall, Wayne State welcomes the largest community college transfer class in the state and transfers from over 160 different institutions. Located in Midtown, one of the country's fastest-growing neighborhoods, our campus is part of a vibrant cultural center, just steps from world-famous galleries, theatres, restaurants, and businesses. Learn more about Wayne State University at About - Wayne State University