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RISE Conference opening reception

Experience the RISE Caribbean Conference if you missed it!

The RISE Caribbean Educational Research Conference was co-hosted last week from May 30 – June 1, by the University of South Florida and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill at the USF College of Education Tampa campus and the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Researchers from the Caribbean, across the U.S., as well as faculty from the USF College of Education presented on the topic of Building Solidarity Across Educational Communities: Cultivating Spaces Where Students Thrive.

Over the three-day conference, scholars from around the globe shared their findings to support the compelling challenges in education in the Caribbean. Beyond the academic sharing, the conference was a celebration of the Caribbean culture and the friendships forged through the RISE Caribbean collaboration.

If you were unable to attend, here is your chance to experience the RISE Caribbean conference:

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Allison Skerrett
“Research For, By, and With Us: Constructing Caribbean-Based Knowledges for Literacy Education with Caribbean-Origin Youth“

Break Out Session 1
Speakers: Dr. Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Dr. Arlette Willis, Dr. Patricia Edwards

Break Out Session 2
Speakers: Dr. Eunsook Kim, Bethlene Ferdinand, Dr. Jenifer Jasinski Schneider, Dr. James R. King
Dr. Andrew Hunte, Patrice Benjamin-Hunte

Break Out Session 3 
Speakers: Dr. Allison DaSantos, Dr. Erin Mahon, Naseem Smith, Dr. Stacey Blackman, Dr. Jenni Wolgemuth, Mirka Koro, Ethan Trinh, Don Howell, Rachel Frame, Desire Collins, Jonielle Alleyne, Talyjah Hyatt

Break Out Session 4 
Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Hadley, Siyu Liu, Dr. Eunsook Kim, Dr. Lauren Braunstein, Dr. Kiran C. Jayaram, Dr. Charles Vanover, Dr. Brianne Reck, Dr. William Black, Mohammed Alqahtani, Andrea O’Sullivan, Erin Howell

Plenary Session 2
Dr. Paul Frazier
“Parallel Success Among Males of Color: A Comparative Analysis of African American and Caribbean Males”

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Plenary Session 3
Dr. S. Joel Warrican
“From Research to Praxis: Transforming the Education Landscape through Activism and Advocacy“

Break Out Session 5
Speakers: Nangamso Mtsatse, Portia October, Dr. Pamela A. Mason, Dr. Jian Wang, Dr. Aria Razfar, Rebecca Rupnick

Break Out Session 6
Speakers: Molly Hamm-Rodriguez, Emily McConnaughy, Jessica N. Szempruch, Dr. Susan V. Bennett, Dr. AnnMarie Gunn, Dr. Carrie Wright, Claudia Noel, Angel Caglin, Nancy Roseman-Alphonse, Joel Clairesia, Colleen Loomis, Julien Irvings

Break Out Session 7
Speakers: Jimelle Roberts, Troy Carrington

Break Out Session 8
Speakers: Dr. Dianne Wellington, Dr. Amélie Lemieux, Leah Burger, Dr. Lindsay Persohn, Kristin Valle-Geren

Plenary Session 4
Lorena Germán
“This Belongs to You”

The USF College of Education would like to thank the amazing researchers that traveled from around the world to contribute to scholarship supporting education in the Caribbean. We would also like to thank the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the support of the RISE Caribbean initiative, as well as the Patel Center for Global Solutions for providing the conference venue. 

We are grateful for the wonderful collaboration between the RISE Caribbean research team and the USF Anchin Center to organize this international conference. 

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As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.