Villa, Stilwell, and Students Lead Discussion at Women’s Consortium

Posted on 9/17/2012 1:47:06 PM

Judith Villa and Rosalee Stilwell (English), Troy Berkey (GeoScience), Keyana Coston (Special Education), Laurin Jefferson (English/McNair Scholar), Gina Lemmon (English, master’s program in Literature and Criticism), Latanya Mitchell (Pyschology), and Emily Piett (Natural Sciences) presented “The Roses That Grew Through Concrete: When Young Women Decide To Grow, They Can Break Through Any Barriers!” at the Women’s Consortium and Women’s Studies of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Conference.

The conference took place at California University of Pennsylvania on September 15, 2012.

The subjects discussed were the value of mentoring young women from their first-year experience through graduate school, with a special focus on the Bridge Program, which enables new students to transition smoothly from their first year at IUP Punxsutawney to the rest of their college experience.

The presenters included four students from the IUP Punxsutawney regional campus (Berkey, Coston, Mitchell, and Piett) who shared their insights into the new challenges that college life has presented them. Also presenting were two women who have benefited from intensive mentoring and the experience of classroom internships in the past and spoke about how mentoring helped them achieve success (Lemmon and Jefferson).