MA Early College

Early College Student Convening

Recordings for the Opening Session and Alumni Panel Discussion have been linked below. We did not record the other sessions, however, the PowerPoint presentations have been linked for your reference.

Students who attended one or more sessions of the convening are encouraged to complete the brief post-convening survey. Feedback provided will guide planning of future events.

9:00 -
9:45 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome - Dr. Kristin Hunt

Keynote Speaker - Hasan Davis, J.D., Hope Dealer

Every person hopes to become the hero of their own story. In today’s world, it can be difficult for you to own your experience, feel empowered, navigate challenges on your educational journey, and find personal success. Hasan Davis shares his story and success strategies to help you find the courage to walk away from NO WAY thinking when trying to write your own story.

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9:45 -
10:30 a.m.

Navigating Your Educational Journey

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Host/Speaker: Omari Walker

Executive Director, New Heights Charter School of Brockton

Become a stronger self-advocate, address the challenges, and overcome barriers throughout your early college journey and beyond.

Trailblazing: Entrepreneurial Skills

and Early College

Speakers: Dr. Joseph Goins/Dr. Jamisa Williams

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Many entrepreneurial skills are critical life skills and beneficial to any career or pathway. Developing these skills could lead to a stronger future in this rapidly changing world.

10:30-
10:40 a.m.

Brief Break

10:40 -
11:15 a.m.

Looking Backward, Looking Forward:

An Alumni Student Panel Discussion

Moderator: Deputy Commissioner Robinson, DESE

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Who's in My Corner?

Host/Speaker: Marcy Yeager

Executive Director, PK-12 Partnerships, Northern Essex CC

Find your personal “Hope Dealers” who will engage, encourage, and empower you to achieve personal success.

My Future is in My Hands

Host/Speaker: Sullynette Ortiz

Early College Program Advisor, Westfield State University

But first, let’s unpack what that means. Join us for a conversation about the strengths and challenges that come with being a first gen college student.   

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