Athena Guizar, Student Government Association Senate Chair and a SPARK Mentor at Harold Washington College, and Samia Naz, Jack Kent Cooke Finalist and SPARK mentorship participant participated in a presentation called, “Student Voices on Academic Success.” at the Higher Learning Commission conference in Chicago today (April 4, 2017). Jamie Stanensa, HLC, said it was the first time students were ever included in the conference! The event was facilitated by Dr. Wendy Paszkiewicz, from Adler University and Athena and Samia were two of the eight students who participated. Two students were graduate students from Adler University, two from University of Illinois at Chicago, two from DePaul University and our two from Harold Washington College.
Dr. Farah Movahedzadeh was there to support the students (see picture below) along with Director of Student Activities, Angela Guernica, and President Margie Martyn. Athena and Samia did an excellent job and the participants loved hearing their views on student success!
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Adler University
Wendy Paszkiewicz is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her primary area of interest is the integration of socially responsible practice in the education and training of mental health professionals. Paszkiewicz serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and for the American Psychological Association. In this presentation, delivered in a fishbowl format, Paszkiewicz will moderate a discussion among students from HLC member institutions about self-care and wellness as they pertain to student persistence and success.