Spring 2019 Student Success Summit: In Pursuit of a Better WMU

Success at WMU and Broncos FIRST would like to invite you to an afternoon of networking and collaboration, as we continue to foster organic conversations and raising awareness of the unseen barriers currently impacting student success. The Spring 2019 Student Success Summit will feature a public viewing of the newly released, award winning documentary Unlikely. Unlikely investigates America’s college dropout crisis and examines the barriers students face in their pursuit of higher education and a meaningful career. Following the viewing, WMU distinguished alumna Dr. Ceceilia Parnther, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at St. John’s University, will lead small group discussions with a mix of faculty, staff, students, administration, and community organizations.


The event will be hosted Thursday, March 21st from 12:30 – 4:15 pm, at the Fetzer Center’s Kirsch Auditorium.

Register today for this exciting event! Seats are limited, so don’t delay. We look forward to seeing you at the Spring 2019 Student Success Summit!

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Unlikely Information Links:

Video of UNLIKELY Official Trailer


MEET OUR Moderator


Dr. Ceceilia Parnther

Parnther is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership in the School of Education at St. John's University where she is also a Faculty in Residence. She obtained her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Higher Education Leadership. At WMU, she was named a King Chavez Park Future Faculty Fellow and following graduation, served as a Senior Research Associate with the Broncos FIRST project. A first generation college student herself, Dr. Parnther, has dedicated her career to student success both as a scholar and a practitioner includes roles in student success and academic affairs at a variety of institutions. Her research interests include academic integrity education, college student success, and the development, implementation of college student mentorship programs. Among others, Dr. Parnther's most recent public scholarship can be found in New Directions of Colleges, and the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.