Jà Hon VanceWinona State University will host Professor Jà Hon Vance Friday, Oct. 31.

Vance will present “The QUEST: One Year Degree Completion” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical Auditorium, Room 205. From noon to 1:30 p.m., Vance will present “Using a Non-Traditional Teaching Approach to Transition Underrepresented, Underserved and First-Generation Students from the Developmental Writing to Credit Level Writing Courses” at WSU in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.

“The QUEST: One Year Degree Completion” is a workshop that will highlight the importance of collaborative partnerships between academics and student affairs in the design and application of learning communities, such as those for minority male students in higher education. Vance will outline strategies to increase retention and graduation rates within one year.

In “Using a Non-Traditional Teaching Approach to Transition Underrepresented, Underserved and First-Generation Students from the Developmental Writing to Credit Level Writing Courses,” Vance will highlight user-friendly techniques for teaching “Advance Level College Writing Skills” to underrepresented, underserved and first-generation students who are placed into Developmental Writing courses based on their college placement test scores.

Vance is the Vice President of Teaching and Learning at JV Educational Consultants, LLC. He is a world-renowned educational administrator and facilitator who has worked with K-12 to higher education for 21 years. Vance’s academic background includes work at Harvard University, Cornell University, Princeton University, Wayne State University, Jackson State University, Northeastern University and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His focuses include academic testing, teacher education training programs, recruitment, educating and graduating African American male students in higher education, retention, and redesigning developmental educational writing programs.

All events are free and open to the public.

These events are sponsored by Winona State University, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical and the KEAP Diversity Resource Center.

For more information, contact Alexander Hines, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, at AHines@winona.edu.

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