Education Retention Summit
Posted on March 31, 2023
The University of South Alabama Black Faculty and Staff Association and the USA Mitchell College of Business are hosting the second annual Education Retention Summit from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 1, at the Mitchell Center Grand Globe Lobby. The summit is free and open to all South Alabama students.
The summit provides opportunities for students at South Alabama to be plugged into resources at the university. The approach centers on developing and maintaining meaningful relationships between students, faculty, and staff. The event coordinators of the summit are also recruiting participants from local high schools seeking to learn more about what South Alabama has to offer.
Dr. Benterah Morton, one of this year’s event coordinators, and associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education spoke about the relationships that can be built and maintained.
“Through these relationships, we believe that students will find connections to university employees and from there to graduating from South,” said Morton. “The summit engages participants in an interactive keynote address complete with reflective and planning activities, facilitated discussions, and a USA ‘resource fair'.”
Morton also spoke on the importance of being engaged and connected with the end goal of graduating as well as university resources the summit can connect students to.
“An engaged and connected college student is more likely to persist through graduation than a student that is disenfranchised,” said Morton. “The Education Retention Summit provides students with access points to be connected with resources at South Alabama like mentors, programs, financial aid, scholarship services, tutoring, study abroad, career services, etc.”
This event supports services and resources provided by Student Academic Success at South Alabama.
Students should register in advance to attend the event.
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