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2018 Advantage Scholars Agenda

Advantage Scholars

A program of the Riley Institute at Furman
June 17 – 21, 2018

Student counselors are:

Shekinah Lightner 
Gabby Haddad
Zach Jasper
Andrew Ricciardi 

For student counselor biographies, click here.

Sunday, June 17: Building community

For June 17 speaker biographies, click here.

3:30 - 5 pm: Arrival and check into dorms

5:30 pm: Orientation session (bring your binders)

Poteat Commons
Jill Fuson, Director, Riley Institute’s Center for Critical Issues and Director, Advantage Scholars

6:15 pm: Welcome dinner in Hartness Pavilion

“About the Community of Scholars”
Scott Henderson, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education
Director of National and International Scholarships

“Freedom to Soar”
Shaniece Criss, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Member, Travelers Rest City Council

7:30 pm: Group photo

8 pm: Fun in dorms (counselor-led)

Monday, June 18: Gaining perspective

For June 18 speaker biographies, click here.

8 - 8:10 am: Walk to dining hall (bring your binders)

8:10 - 8:45 am:  Breakfast in Dining Hall

8:50 - 9 am: “About the Day”

JH-212 (Martha Johns Seminar Room)
Jill Fuson

9 - 10:15 am: “Getting by in America: A sociological perspective”

Kyle Longest, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

10:15 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 - 11:45: “Rethinking American Exceptionalism: The origins of global poverty”

Erik Ching, Ph.D., Professor of History

12 - 12:20 pm: Greetings and Q & A

David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
The Honorable Richard W. “Dick” Riley
Former U.S. Secretary of Education and S.C. Governor

12:20 - 1:40 pm: “Sustainable Communities”

Lunch and tour of Furman farm
Wes Dripps, Ph.D., Director of Shi Center
Mike Winiski, Executive Director for Community-Engaged Learning

2 - 4:30 pm: “Privilege, Perspective, and Inclusivity”

Bryan Garden Room, Daniel Chapel
Emilee O’Brien, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Social Justice
and Community-Engaged Learning
Deborah Allen, Associate Director of Diversity Engagement

4:30 - 5:45 pm: Free time

6 - 8 pm: Cooking class with Bon Appetit

Herring Center
using vegetables from Furman’s farm 

8:30 - 10:30: Fun in dorms (counselor-led)

Tuesday, June 19: Thinking critically

For June 19 speaker biographies, click here.

8 - 8:10 am: Walk to dining hall (bring your binders)

8:10 - 8:45 am: Breakfast in dining hall

8:50 - 9 am: “About the Day”

Jill Fuson

9 - 10:15 am: “Implicit Bias: What is it and what can we do about it?”

Michelle Horhota, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Mentoring and Advising
and Associate Professor of Psychology

10:15 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 - 11:45 am: “Understanding Fake and Real News: Choose your sources wisely, my friends”

Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science  

11:45 - 1:15 pm: Picnic lunch with children from Camp PMAC (Poe Mill Achievement Center)

under the trees by the dining hall near the lake
Games with children led by counselors

1:30 pm: Small group discussions and group work on scholars’ declaration


3:30 pm: Free time

5:30 pm: Meet at Trone parking lot to board vans for Barley’s and Falls Park

6 pm: Pizza at Barley’s and meet some current Furman scholars

7:30 pm: Explore downtown Greenville and take photo at Falls Park

8 pm: Ice cream at Spill the Beans

9 pm: Board vans for Furman

Wednesday, June 20: Spotlight on Greenville, your new community

For June 20 speaker biographies, click here.

7:45 - 7:50 am: Walk to dining hall (wear your Advantage Scholars t-shirt)

7:50 - 8:25 am: Breakfast in dining hall

8:30 am: “About the Day”

Seating just outside Hipp Hall

Carrie Silver, Ph.D., Director of Furman’s Bridges to a Brighter Future

8:40 am: Board vans and depart for Baha’i Center, 132 Greenacre Road

9:15 am: “Improving Child Outcomes in the Nicholtown Community”

The Baha’i Center
The Honorable Chandra Dillard, SC State Representative and
Chair, Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative (NCFC) Board

10:15 am: Walking tour of Nicholtown community, Born Learning Center, and the Rubye Jones Head Start Center

11:15 am: “The Neuroscience of Poverty”

Erin Hahn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

11:45 am: Box lunch

12:30 pm: Load vans and drive to Greenville Memorial Hospital

1 - 3 pm:  “The Role of the University in Community Health”

Greenville Memorial Hospital Room 105
Members of Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health

3 pm: Back to campus/take a group photo outside

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Debrief on day and connect to leadership

Carrie Silver, Ph.D.

4:15 - 5:15: Finalizing your scholars’ declaration

Group discussion

5:15 - 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks and Program evaluation

Jill Fuson

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Free time

6:30 pm: Meet at Trone parking lot to board vans

6:45 - 8:45 pm: Grilling out and pool party

White Oaks
Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and optional swimming

9 pm: Fun in dorms (Counselor-led)

Thursday, June 21: Depart for orientation

7 - 8 am: Breakfast in dining hall

8 - 8:30 am: Turn in keys to Gabby in room 310

8 - 9:15 am: Check-in for summer orientation at Geer Residence Hall