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2017 State System Summit

Session 40

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433

Belonging Matters Project

  • 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

We will discuss cross-unit collaborations to foster inclusion among transfer students at WCU. WCU's Management Department received an internal grant to implement the Belonging Matters project during AY17-18. In our presentation we will discuss the project goals, design, outcomes and lessons learned so far. We will also lead a discussion of how cross-unit collaborations can foster inclusion and engagement among transfer students and how transfer status intersects with other priority areas identified in WCU's campus climate survey.


Corryn Baukman, WCU Student Volunteer


Dr. Lisa Calvano, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Management at West Chester University
Dr. Calvano's research and teaching focuses on the social and environmental impact of business on employees, families and communities. She is also an advocate for transfer students in the School of Business. She earned her BS from Drexel University, a MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Temple University.

Mr. Jared Brown, Director of New Student Programs at West Chester University
Mr. Brown is the Director of New Student Programs at WCU and teaches Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication courses at Delaware County Community College. Jared earned his BA and MA in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Kathy Koval, Director of Business Programs at West Chester University
Ms. Koval is Director of Business Programs for the College of Business and Public Management at WCU. Kathy earned a BS from Shippensburg University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Master's in Counseling from WCU.