Meeting the Challenge Webinar Series Recordings

MCAN's new Meeting the Challenge webinar series helps college access professionals navigate the current and evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. MCAN has gathered experts in the education field to provide insights and answer your burning questions! These 60-minute virtual sessions were designed to assist you and those you serve. 

The listing below is in order from newest to oldest webinar presentations.

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MTC Series Webinar #9

A Conversation with University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented major challenges to higher education and public research universities. President Schlissel will share what students may expect from a public health-informed semester and discuss how his training as an immunologist applies to the current crisis.  

Presenter: President Mark Schlissel

Recorded: May 27, 2020 

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MTC Series Webinar #8

Fall 2020, Higher Education, and COVID-19: A Perspective from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley 

Description:  Returning and future students are trying to make their Fall 2020 college enrollment plans, but the global pandemic is still affecting our world, including colleges and universities. Hear how colleges are preparing and planning to ensure that students can continue their education to earn their college degrees in Fall 2020. Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, president of Michigan State University, will offer insight as one example of the strategizing and responsiveness of Michigan's higher education institutions. 

Presenters:  Dr. Samuel Stanley, president of Michigan State University; Rick Shipman, executive director of Financial Aid at Michigan State University 

Recorded: May 21, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #7

Special Populations: Foster Youth, Undocumented Students and First-Generation Students 

Description: This webinar features insights about how to best support first-generation students, undocumented youth and foster youth during this global pandemic. You'll learn information about resources, tools and ways to advocate for these populations. This webinar includes three practitioners with experience working with these groups of students.

Presenters: Karie Ward, director, Fostering Success Michigan; Aura Cazares, Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success; Beth Brandon, IPASS coordinator 

Recorded: May 20, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #6

Reimagining Volunteerism and Service During  COVID-19 Response and Recovery

This webinar was postponed. Once it is rescheduled and conducted, the recording will appear here.


MTC Series Webinar #5

College Advising Hotline

Description: Students across the state of Michigan looking for assistance in navigating their college plans can call a free hotline for access to near-peer college advisers starting May 4! Come learn about this resource for high schoolers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is a partnership among MCAN, Michigan State University, and the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Presenters: Melissa Steward, program director, AdviseMI and Trisha Caldwell, program director, Michigan State University College Advising Corps

Recorded: May 5, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #4

Feeling chatty? AI-powered Chatbots as Prom Dates and Navigators

Description: Join Wayne State University in this webinar to learn more about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbots to promote 24/7 educational engagement, access, and community support. 

Presenters: Dawn Medley and Amanda Rosales, Wayne State University

Recorded: April 29, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #3

COVID-19 and students: What You Need to Know about the Financial Implications 

Description: This webinar discusses the impact of COVID-19 on postsecondary students, and the flexibilities and waivers granted by the federal government to help both institutions and students through this difficult time. It also addresses the availability of emergency funds, verification relief, and professional judgment. Come with your questions!

Presenters: Megan McClean Coval, vice president of policy and federal relations, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA); Jill Desjean, policy analyst with NASFAA; and Lori Vedder (Moderator), director of financial aid at UM-Flint and past national chair of NASFAA’s Board of Directors.

Recorded: April 22, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #2

State of Emergency Education Policy Updates from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Office

Description: Learn updates from the governor's executive office about the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 and higher education.

Presenters: Brandy Johnson, policy advisor for education & workforce, Executive Policy Office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 

Recorded: April 17, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #1

The College Board

Description: Learn How High Schools Can Use the College Board’s AP Resources to Provide Learning Continuity and Preservation of College Credit Opportunities with Online Testing this Year.

Presenter: Ted Gardella, The College Board

Recorded: April 9, 2020

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