Enhance Your Impact Half-Day Conference


The Western New York Service-Learning Coalition hopes that Embrace Your Impact: Collaborations of Passion, Knowledge, and Action will be a learning symposium designed to elevate thinking, ideas and practices that can create positive shifts in the work higher education faculty and staff, college students, and community organization staff members conduct in our community. We hope to bring together community champions, practitioners, faculty and students to explore exemplary partnerships of passion, knowledge, and actions created and their impact.

We encourage attendance from non-profit organizations, faculty, college/university community engagement staff and undergraduate/graduate students from Western New York and beyond. We love hearing about the great work that is being done in the communities of our friends and colleagues.

Keynote Speaker

The WNYSLC is also thrilled to welcome back Marisol Morales to the region to further the conversation on inclusion, equity, and diversity present in our service-learning and community engagement work. Ms. Morales serves as the Vice President for Network Leadership for Campus Compact and will serve as the keynote speaker for the symposium.

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Schedule Overview

8am Check-in and Light Breakfast

8:30am – 9:10am Welcome & Keynote

9:20am – 10:15am Break-Out Session #1

10:25am – 12:20pm Plenary Workshop with Marisol Morales

12:30pm – 1:25pm: Lunch & Learn Break-out Session #2

1:30pm Coffee & Cookie Bar (Grab & Go or Stay & Network)

Break-Out Sessions:

  • Katrina Fulcher-Rood and Kathy Doody: (SUNY Buffalo State)

A service-learning project where undergrad and grad students collaborate in three academic programs to perform developmental screenings for young children across various community-based day-care settings.

  • Diantha Watts and Keisha Brandy: (SUNY Buffalo State)

Increase awareness of the benefits related to Out-Of-School-Time (OST) programming and the potential role of college/universities in supporting OST initiatives.

  • Kristin Ksiazek: (Cornell University)

Partnership for the Public Good and Cornell Buffalo Co-Lab Collaboration and Research Specialist will share tools, tips, challenges and opportunities for community-university collaboration.

  • Tristin Salter and Dr. Steve Peraza: (SUNY Buffalo State)

A round table to discuss how two educators created a learning community that utilized their own passions for hip hop and social injustices to encourage students.

  • Maureen McCarthy and Jenny Serniuk: (SUNY Buffalo State)

Reflection strategies and data will be discussed for the SUNY Buffalo State Community Academic Center (CAC) in their educational programming for multilingual students (Buffalo Beginnings for Newcomer Refugee Children, ENL classes, and Citizenship classes.

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  • : Lisa Kragbé

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