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Welcome to our Virtual 2021 Student Conference. Below you will find our conference hashtag and an engaging scavenger hunt. You can also find us our snap filter on snap chat which can also be used to enter multiple contests throughout the day for prizes. In addition, you can scroll the page or click through the menu to the right of the page to go directly to our conference schedule and presentation descriptions. Presentation descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page. We are looking forward to an exciting day with some wonderful presenters and an even more amazing audience!

#EngageNJStuCon21

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Conference

Schedule

 
Welcome & Announcements
10:00am - 10:15am 

                              From Dr. Saul Petersen & Sarahdjie Monosiet

A Seat at the Table: A Story of Maintaining Connections
10:15am - 10:20am 

Jeffrey Dessources, Public Speaker & Director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement – New Jersey City University

2 Breakout Options
10:25am – 10:55am

Session A: Ways to do Virtual Community Engagement (vCE)

Michele Epifani, Vice President of Programs - Jersey Cares

 

Session B: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19

Nicole Poyer, AmeriCorps Changebuilders Coordinator; Lori Moog, Director of Service Learning & Community Outreach; Rebecca Geary, Sophomore (Math); Alexander Lazeration, Sophomore (Engineering), Students and Changebuilders – Raritan Valley Community College

TedTalk: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19
11:00am – 11:15am

       Presented by Phoebe Chen, Sophomore - Raritan Valley Community College

3 Breakout Options
11:20am  – 11:50am

Panels By:

​Session A: Ways to do Virtual Community Engagement (vCE)

Timothy Hoffman, Director, Center for Community Research & Engagement; Claudia Romani, Raheel Abdul-Jalil, Gisellyn Miranda, and Ivana Betances-Juarez, Students & Community Engagement Leaders – Seton Hall University

Session B: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19

Maribel Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Campus Activities, Service, & Leadership; & Kian Downes, AmeriCorps Changebuilders Coordinator – William Paterson University

Session C: Ways to do Virtual Community Engagement (vCE)

Kha Vu, Giselle Vidals, Nathalia Allenza, Adithya Venketeswaren, & Rohan Dave, Students – Middlesex Community College

TedTalk: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19
11:55 am – 12:10pm

Presented by Danielle Corea-Smith, Director of Financial Stability - United Way of Greater Newark

Panel Discussion: Who We Are...
12:15pm – 12:45pm

Panelists:

Amy Michael, Associate Director, Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, Rutgers University-New Brunswick ; Krystal Woolston, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement, Montclair State University ; Arianna Illa, Coordinator for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Middlesex County College ; Daniel Fidalgo Tome, Community Engagement Program Manager, Thomas Edison State University

Activity Volunteer Generation Super Heros
12:45pm – 1pm

                                                Presented by Heather Tedesco

3 Breakout Options
1:05pm – 1:35pm

Panels & Presentations by:

Session A: Focusing Back on Climate and Climate Justice

Juaquin Goodbar, Sophomore (Environmental Science) & Environmental Club President; Isabelle Nunez, Sophomore (Social and Political Science) & Environmental Club VP; Allyson Schmeider, Biology Alum & Campus Sustainability Intern; Maximilian Spann, Sophomore (Environmental Science) and Environmental Club Executive VP – Raritan Valley Community College

Session B: Volunteering and Community Engagement During Covid-19

Nicholas Cerniglia, Sophomore & Bonner Program – Stockton University

Session C: Volunteering and Community Engagement During Covid-19

Cecelia Kracht, Senior (Economics and Business), Vanessa Raab, Senior (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), & Laila Seraj (Senior), Students and Changeuilders; and Gionna Del Purgatorio, AmeriCorps Changebuilders Coordinator – Drew University

TedTalk: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19
 1:40pm – 1:55pm

Presented by Violet Kimble, Senior (Neurscience) & Civic Scholar – Drew University

3 Breakout Options
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Panels & Presentations by:

 

Session A: Keeping Democracy Alive After Election Drama

Gerardo Carcamo, Sophomore (Business Administration) and Changebuilder – Raritan Valley Community College

Session B: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19

Seth Reed, Senior and Engineering Ambassadors, & Max Winderman, Site Coordinator at Engineering Ambassadors – Syracuse University

Session C: Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19

Bailey DiSanto, Senior, & Julia Ricciarelli, Student, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

3 Breakout Options
2:35pm – 3:05pm

Presentations & Panels by:

Session A: Volunteering and Community Engagement During Covid-19

Erin O’Hanlon, Coordinator of Service Learning – Stockton University

 

Session B: The Need for Healthy Virtual Connections

Jane Marcillo, Graduate Student (Social Work) & “We Care” Program Coordinator, & Dylan Heffernan, AmeriCorps Changebuiders Coordinator – Ramapo College

 

Session C: How to Engage Professionally in a Virtual Setting

Jenny Nesenjuk, Assistant Director of Career Development, William Paterson University

Final Announcements
3:05pm – 3:15pm

Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director

Sarahdjie Monosiet, Associate Director - New Jersey Campus Compact

Themes &

 Presentations  Descriptions

 

Below, each presentation is matched with its respective theme. You can click on the arrow to the right of each presenter(s) name for the description of the presentation 

Volunteering and Community Engagement During the Time of Covid-19

Michele Epifani, Vice President of Programs - Jersey Cares


Jersey Cares will provide a presentation and lead interactive discussion as it relates to volunteer leadership and virtual volunteer opportunities. Volunteer leadership provides individuals with an opportunity to further develop skills in project management, human resources, sales, and public relations just to name a few. Virtual volunteering has now become one of the main resources connecting volunteers to must needed volunteer work. Jersey Cares is now offering virtual volunteer opportunities to combat previous barriers due to COVID-19. Presentation Time: 10:25am – 10:55am




Timothy Hoffman, Director, Center for Community Research & Engagement; Claudia Romani, Raheel Abdul-Jalil, Gisellyn Miranda, and Ivana Betances-Juarez, Students & Community Engagement Leaders – Seton Hall University


We will discuss how service-learning is infused into classes in Seton Hall’s CORE curriculum and describe what we learned from 350 students completing virtual service in the fall 2020 semester. This panel will examine the good and the bad. COVID-19 presented barriers to service, but it also opened up new opportunities. Focusing on new opportunities, we will highlight the fantastic work of some of our community partners who successfully kept their programs alive and outline how our program was able to assist organizations across the state. Presentation Time: 11:20am – 11:50am




Kha Vu, Giselle Vidals, Nathalia Allenza, Adithya Venketeswaren, & Rohan Dave, Students – Middlesex Community College


Our theme is to bring awareness about social justice and health disparities to our members. Our movie night project allows our members to express their ideas and feelings on the topics of movies, which address many issues that minorities are dealing with during the pandemic. More importantly, this initiative helps our members to think critically and to contribute to solving social problems. It generated creative discussions amongst members by inviting them to share their feelings after every movie and awarding them with volunteer hours. Presentation Time: 11:20am – 11:50am





Ways to do Virtual Community Engagement (vCE)

Michele Epifani, Vice President of Programs - Jersey Cares


Jersey Cares will provide a presentation and lead interactive discussion as it relates to volunteer leadership and virtual volunteer opportunities. Volunteer leadership provides individuals with an opportunity to further develop skills in project management, human resources, sales, and public relations just to name a few. Virtual volunteering has now become one of the main resources connecting volunteers to must needed volunteer work. Jersey Cares is now offering virtual volunteer opportunities to combat previous barriers due to COVID-19. Presentation Time: 10:25am – 10:55am




Timothy Hoffman, Director, Center for Community Research & Engagement; Claudia Romani, Raheel Abdul-Jalil, Gisellyn Miranda, and Ivana Betances-Juarez, Students & Community Engagement Leaders – Seton Hall University


We will discuss how service-learning is infused into classes in Seton Hall’s CORE curriculum and describe what we learned from 350 students completing virtual service in the fall 2020 semester. This panel will examine the good and the bad. COVID-19 presented barriers to service, but it also opened up new opportunities. Focusing on new opportunities, we will highlight the fantastic work of some of our community partners who successfully kept their programs alive and outline how our program was able to assist organizations across the state. Presentation Time: 11:20am – 11:50am




Kha Vu, Giselle Vidals, Nathalia Allenza, Adithya Venketeswaren, & Rohan Dave, Students – Middlesex Community College


Our theme is to bring awareness about social justice and health disparities to our members. Our movie night project allows our members to express their ideas and feelings on the topics of movies, which address many issues that minorities are dealing with during the pandemic. More importantly, this initiative helps our members to think critically and to contribute to solving social problems. It generated creative discussions amongst members by inviting them to share their feelings after every movie and awarding them with volunteer hours. Presentation Time: 11:20am – 11:50am





Keeping Democracy Alive After Election Drama

Gerardo Carcamo, Sophomore (Business Administration) and Changebuilder – Raritan Valley Community College


As a firm believer in democracy, I felt compelled to do my part towards helping strengthen the belief in democracy at my local campus level. This essential impetus is what pushed me to take our civic engagement initiative “RVotes Matter” forward and push for several projects all with the essential goal of promoting and protecting democracy, with some occurring around the election cycle and some occurring by the following chaos, especially after the domestic terrorist attack on January 6th. The first project that I pushed for I called “RVotes Matter Stories” which was a daily promotional project that attempted to highlight testimonies from different members of the campus community on why voting mattered to them. This was combined with useful links such as those for registering for the census, registering to vote, and to find locations to drop off vote by mail ballots. Presentation Time: 2:00pm – 2:30pm





Focusing Back on Climate and Climate Justice

Jane Marcillo, Graduate Student (Social Work) & “We Care” Program Coordinator, & Dylan Heffernan, AmeriCorps Changebuiders Coordinator – Ramapo College


We will discuss Ramapo College’s initiatives to address food insecurity and emergency situations within its student body and how it relates to making connections with students right now. The first part of the presentation will provide an overview of the We Care program, some of its histories, and current statistics. This will serve to provide some context for the program and the pervasive social issues that it addresses. The second part of the presentation will focus on the connections we develop with students who are going through traumatic experiences and need assistance. There will be a large emphasis on how support systems can be lacking due to the Pandemic and how it affects the students we work with. As well as this, we will also discuss different barriers that exist for students to create and maintain connections and how we provide assistance. Presentation Time: 2:35pm – 3:05pm





The Need for Healthy Virtual Connections

Jane Marcillo, Graduate Student (Social Work) & “We Care” Program Coordinator, & Dylan Heffernan, AmeriCorps Changebuiders Coordinator – Ramapo College


We will discuss Ramapo College’s initiatives to address food insecurity and emergency situations within its student body and how it relates to making connections with students right now. The first part of the presentation will provide an overview of the We Care program, some of its histories, and current statistics. This will serve to provide some context for the program and the pervasive social issues that it addresses. The second part of the presentation will focus on the connections we develop with students who are going through traumatic experiences and need assistance. There will be a large emphasis on how support systems can be lacking due to the Pandemic and how it affects the students we work with. As well as this, we will also discuss different barriers that exist for students to create and maintain connections and how we provide assistance. Presentation Time: 2:35pm – 3:05pm





How to Engage Professionally in a Virtual Setting

Jenny Nesenjuk, Assistant Director of Career Development, William Paterson University


This presentation will focus on how students can engage with others (employers, faculty, mentors, etc.) professionally and appropriately in a virtual setting. We will discuss how to dress, how to create a professional environment/setting, how to communicate to others in the space about virtual meetings/appointments, and how to interview virtually for internship and job opportunities (including how to share resources and materials i.e resumes and portfolios virtually). NOTE: Students will need to come prepared with examples of a time when they participated in a meeting/appointment/class/career fair or event/interview virtually and be ready to share. Presentation Time: 2:35pm – 3:05pm





Who We Are Panel

Amy Michael, Associate Director, Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, Rutgers University-New Brunswick ; Krystal Woolston, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement, Montclair State University ; Arianna Illa, Coordinator for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Middlesex County College ; Daniel Fidalgo Tome, Community Engagement Program Manager, Thomas Edison State University


This panel made up of professionals in civic engagement, service-learning, and community engagement in the State of New Jersey will speak about their experiences on how they got into this work/field, the trials/success of working in higher education, community organizing, and community engagement overall. This panel will share their stories and hope to inspire others interested in going into this field and how you can take these skills and apply them to any industry students go into. Presentation Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm





 

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