Indiana

Registration for the Indiana State Summit is now closed.
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Date and Time

Monday, December 10
8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (local time)


Location

Purdue Memorial Union
101 Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906


State-based Issues

Global Citizenship (NASSP Student Leadership Initiative)
Service is the cornerstone of the National Honor Societies, in particular, an awareness of, concern for, and involvement in the well-being and success of others. In this session, participants will discuss global citizenship and their potential impact in schools, communities, and ultimately the world.

Improving Learning Environments
Schools remain central to a competitive workforce and productive communities. In this session, participants will discuss ways in which schools might be modernized to provide 21st-century learning environments.

Wellness and Mindfulness
A host of unique challenges and opportunities exist for students in secondary schools. This session focuses on wellness as a comprehensive strategy for academic achievement, social and emotional growth, and success.


Sample Schedule

8:00–8:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Session

9:50–11:10 am

Student Workshop I: Leadership Competencies

10:10–10:55 am

Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Policies and Procedures

11:20–12:20 pm

Student Workshop II: State-based Issues and Initiatives

11:30–12:15 pm

Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Programs and Resources

12:20–1:10 pm

Luncheon: Speaker TBD

1:10–2:40 pm

Collaborative Work: Student Caucus Groups

1:45–2:25 pm

Adviser Workshop: Beyond Summit

2:45–3:30 pm

Presentations: Student Caucus Groups

3:30–3:45 pm

Reflective Remarks and Closing

Presenters

Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles

Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles

Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles is passionate about developing poverty-fighting solutions. As an educator, organizer, and manager, he has taught students across different grade levels, built capacity for education and public safety programs, and trained teams to improve family engagement initiatives. As a board member for the California School Based Health Alliance, he oversees the nonprofit’s strategies to support 257 school-based health centers. Perdomo-Ucles was re-elected as delegate for California’s Democratic Party and is founder of the South Los Angeles Democratic Club. Bertrand is from Los Angeles, a graduate of University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy, studied abroad in Greece and served in Honduras through Global Water Brigades.

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart is a product of Detroit, which served as a firm sociocultural base to allow for better adaptation to diverse cultures and lifestyles. He holds bachelor’s degrees in behavioral biology and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for intellectual freedom from the University of Chicago. While serving in the Episcopal Service Corps in Los Angeles, he helped to pilot the Collegiate Identity and Participation Model (CIPM), a college-readiness initiative created to address the educational needs of local underserved charter schools, which sparked his passion for educating students on the power of self-authorship.

Carlos Mark Vera

Carlos Mark Vera

Carlos Mark Vera is the founder of Pay Our Interns, a bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for more paid internships and workforce development opportunities for millennials. In one year they have successfully convinced a dozen senators to start offering paid internships, including Senators Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Michael Bennet, and Catherine Cortez-Masto, as well as the Democratic National Convention. Their efforts have led to the creation of more than 100 paid internships. While in school, he founded Justice for AU Workers, a student-led labor organization that advocates for service workers of color. Vera’s work in advocacy has been highlighted by The Atlantic, The Washington Post, NPR, NBC, Fox News, and USA Today.

Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis

Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis

Daniel has embodied success in his niche as senior creative director at SOZE and social media director to Russell Simmons. He has brought a distinctive voice to challenge the powers that be. Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis is a 2011 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar and alumnus of Seminole State College of Florida and American University. He majored in International Relations and minored in Music Theory. Through his work, Daniel has worked on the creation of #SonsAndBrothers, a campaign to help uplift young people of color; building out the first ever #ImmigrantHeritageMonth; and curating the content that appears on Russell Simmons social channels.

Drew Ollero

Drew Ollero

Drew Ollero is a fundraising professional who currently supports strategic projects for the University of California, Berkeley at Haas School of Business. His prior work spanned various roles within startup companies, government, school settings, and nonprofit organizations. Ollero relishes in working in chaotic environments and helping organizations and leaders build structures and processes to be effective. Ollero’s work is centered around reflective and experiential practice, which comes from his professional and education background in social work.

Felix Yerace, PhD

Felix Yerace, PhD

Felix Yerace, PhD, is a student government co-adviser, interact co-adviser, link crew co-coordinator, and graduation project coordinator at South Fayette High School in Pennsylvania. Among the courses he teaches is a College in High School (CHS) class on leadership, and he is a graduate of the International Leadership Association Leadership Education Academy. Yerace is also the assistant executive director and Advanced Gold Summer Camp co-director for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils. He previously served on the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Global Switchboard and Pennsylvania ASCD and is an adjunct faculty member of Jesuit Worldwide Learning—Higher Education at the Margins. He is a proud alum of the University of Pittsburgh, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and Gonzaga University.

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She was named as an All-American Teacher by USA TODAY and has earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, she co-founded a nonprofit weekly community outreach program that provides a meal for anyone in need in the St. Louis area. Since its inception, more than 66,000 meals have been served. This program is now being emulated in 54 communities. Currently she is the co-chair of the Greater St. Louis Area Homeless Task Force.

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman is a project manager at Georgia State University where she manages high-level initiatives centered around the university’s strategic plan as well as special projects for the office of the provost. Her current role allows her to engage with several of the university’s key working groups and programs, including the Council for the Progress of Cities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Women Lead, an undergraduate leadership program. Keesha is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through public service and social engagement and considers herself a champion of bridging the gap.

Hear from Keesha as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz Jr. is a research coordinator at The University of New Mexico’s Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. His academic and professional background is interdisciplinary: fine arts, digital arts, social media, academic advisement, student leadership, academic support, marketing, organizational development, and social justice. Diaz Jr. enjoys learning several disciplines to find ways to merge ideas, bridge gaps, problem-solve, and develop new perspectives. He began his career as a photographer and digital media artist, only to follow his interest in helping mentor and support college students.

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong is currently an English and leadership teacher lead, seniors events coordinator, and adviser at ARISE High School, a small charter school in Oakland, CA. Outside of teaching, she plans and executes initiatives and events to improve the school’s culture and climate. She is currently an advisory board member for AYPAL, an organization seeking to empower Oakland’s low-income, immigrant, and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change. She is also a member of H.E.L.L.A., a collective that centers intersectional healing praxis in order to sustain critical organizers and educators of color throughout the Bay Area. Her work within H.E.L.L.A. led her to co-create the Radical People of Color (POC) Book Club, which is rooted in a commitment to engaging in collective liberatory praxis.

Hear from Nhi as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga’s life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross-cultural communication at American University. His writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America. His most recent book, “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life,” is a life balance book for students.

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin is the founder and CEO of a capacity-building education consulting firm that works with K–12 schools, community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions to help students complete critical milestones on their journey towards college and career success. Lampkin holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in business administration specializing in international business from the American University; a Master of Arts in sociology and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College; and a Master of Philosophy in politics, development, democratic education from University of Cambridge.

Rhea Wong

Rhea Wong

Rhea has been an Executive Director of an educational nonprofit for the last 12 years in New York City and learned the business through trial and error. On day one, they handed her the keys, set up her email account and wished her well. Twelve years later, she had built a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization with a talented staff, dedicated board, strong program outcomes, passionate donors and a great reputation in the community. Since then, she has become a fanatic about helping nonprofits to become healthy, thriving environments where people can grow, learn and bring their whole selves while making the world a better place without burning out.

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis has been involved in advising student activities for more than 40 years. He has been a student council adviser, activity director, leadership camp director, and building principal. Heethuis is an award-winning adviser and adviser trainer and has presented at conferences and workshops across the United States and Canada. He has served on the executive boards of four national student leadership and adviser organizations. Through his workshops, attendees discover hands-on, practical leadership activities they can take back to their schools and use with their fellow student leaders as soon as they return.