Fall 2018 Student Success Summit

Success at WMU and Broncos FIRST would like to invite you to an afternoon of networking and collaboration as we move to increase awareness and create discussion on unseen elements currently affecting students. This year’s theme is "Unseen Elements Affecting Student Success" and the event will be hosted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Our topics focus on the ecosystems of student success, addressing food insecurity and utilizing open education resources.  This year’s summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. Kristen Renn, Michigan State University professor and well-known author, as well as Sharalle Arnold, Grand Valley State University, and Regina Gong, Lansing Community College. Following the presentations, there will be interest base breakout sessions facilitated by our speakers to enhance discussion.

Register today for this exciting event! Limited seats are available. We look forward to seeing you at the Fall 2018 Student Success Summit.

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Meet our presenters

Kristen A. Renn, PhD
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research, Michigan State University

Dr. Kristen Renn is a professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. From 2013 to 2016, she served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Director of Student Success Initiatives and led the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative. Dr. Renn’s research focuses on the learning, development, and success of minoritized students in higher education and she is the author or co-author of nine books about higher education. She is co-liaison with Dr. Amy Martin to the University Innovation Alliance and serves as co-principal investigator on several grants related to increasing success for low-income and underrepresented students.


Sharalle Arnold
Associate Director of Replenish: A food resource for students, Grand Valley State University

Sharalle received her B.A. from California State University, Chico in Liberal Studies and her M.Ed. from Washington State University. On campus, she has served as the chair for the Women’s Commission, acts as an Inclusion Advocate, is a member of Positive Black Women and is a NIARA mentor. Her research and personal passion center on the experiences of African American/Black females in leadership at PWIs along with food insecurity on campus and pregnant/parenting college student success.


Regina Gong
Open Education Resource Project Manager, Lansing Community College

Regina has been leading OER initiatives at LCC since 2016 and is a prominent figure in the open education community. She is a staunch advocate of openness, equity, and access through her involvement as an executive council member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources where she currently serves as vice president for professional development.