2017 Puerto Rico PKAL Regional Network Meeting
Culturally Sensitive Strategies Proven to Increase the Retention and Graduation Rates for Undergraduate Latinos
The 2017 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Regional Meeting on the island of Puerto Rico will be held on May 26th, 2017 at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. Our faculty development conference, “Culturally sensitive strategies proven to increase the retention and graduation rates for undergraduate Latinos” will assembly distinguished Latino lecturers addressing current initiatives with successful outcomes that improve the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate Latinos. Special interest will be placed on the cultural sensitivity of the approaches taken. To ensure a highly interactive meeting, we will have two sessions of workshops with diverse teams of educators, mathematicians, social scientists, biologists and chemists. A networking lunch is also planned to bring together educators, scientists, artists, investigators, and members of non-profit educational organizations to intensively collaborate on ideas for the design of proposals that will alleviate current equity problems on the Latino undergraduate classrooms. For this purpose, Dr. Kamau Bobb, a program director from the National Science Foundation will join us to talk about new funding inactivates like the NSF INCLUDES program designed to improve the inclusion of Latinos into STEM. It is our hope that this meeting will ultimately lead to the establishment of specific collaborations between faculty from other Hispanic Serving Institutions, associations, and industries, who are genuinely interested on further submitting proposals to advance education.
Please join us for a productive conference to discuss easily implemented strategies that will promote equity at your institution.
Breakfast and networking takes place from 8:00 - 9:00 am, the meeting starts at 9:00 am, and concludes at 5:00 pm. Click here to view the preliminary program.
The meeting is at the Condado Plaza Hilton at 999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, 00907; Phone: 1-787-721-1000.
A guest room block is available at the Condado Plaza Hilton. Click here to book your guest room online. Rooms are $135 per night plus taxes (9%) and resort fee (18%); first come-first served. If reserving by phone (1-787-721-1000), please request the Universidad De PR rate. Self-parking is $18.96 in garage; Valet parking is $25.65.
Registration is online. Registration is waived for the first 100 faculty and 25 undergraduate student registrants. This registration opportunity is first-come, first-served and if the person registered does not attend, he/she will be charged for the fees.
After these slots are full, general registration is $50 per person, and includes meals and materials. Reduced registration for students is $25 per person. The registration deadline is May 4th, 2017.
For additional information about the Puerto Rico PKAL meeting, please contact:
Lilliam Casillas-Martinez, PhD
Associate Dean of Research Affairs
About Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
PKAL is a higher education reform center from the Association of American Colleges and Universities dedicated to empowering STEM faculty to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. PKAL has to date empowered an extensive network of over 7,000 STEM faculty and administrators committed to the principles, practices, and partnerships that advance cutting-edge, integrative STEM higher education for all students.