Conference 2021 Breakout Sessions

We Can't Go Back: Envisioning a New Normal for Experiential Learning

As we contemplate the future of Experiential Learning within the changing landscape of higher education, it is clear that simply tweaking our current models will not get us where we need to go- namely, toward greater access, customization and impact. Instead, we need to redesign, or rebuild our approaches, leveraging available resources, technology and relationships to make models that are inherently better and more powerful.

Mara Huber is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at University at Buffalo and Administrative Director of the UB Academies. Her work focuses on developing high-impact for-credit experiential learning offerings while engaging with community partners in meaningful and impactful ways. She also convenes the Buffalo-Tanzania Education Project, leading study abroad trips to the Mara Region of Tanzania while facilitating engagement and service-based discovery in support of community development. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University at Buffalo.


On Track to Graduate: Managing Required Internship Hours During a Workplace Lockdown

During the height of COVID lockdown in 2020, many students were forced to leave an internship or externship that was not only vital to their professional development, but often required for their degree. Faculty and staff throughout higher education mobilized to find creative ways to help students fill required hours with meaningful experiential learning work. Learn how Mercy College’s unique career-in-curriculum program enabled the career center to quickly provide hours of valuable reflection and planning that helped keep students on track toward graduation and manage their careers during an unprecedented crisis – and how these new modules impacted career education at Mercy College going forward.

Lyn Leis is a 14-year career development professional with significant experience in team leadership, program development, experiential learning, and career in curriculum. She practices holistic and equity-minded career counseling that is grounded in anti-racist, intersectional, and liberation-based frameworks. A first generation college graduate and Westchester native, Lyn is committed to helping Mercy College students discover, develop, and pursue their career paths. As Interim Director, Career Education, Lyn oversees the career coaching, programming, curricular, and educational services and initiatives from the Career Team at Mercy College. Lyn is also the current Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force of the Division of Student Affairs at Mercy College, and the current President of NYSCEEA (New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association). She holds a BA in French Language and Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Manhattanville College, a Professional Certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer. She recently completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida MUMA College of Business.


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