Heartland College and Career Roundtable

Heartland College and Career Roundtable

WHEN: Friday, October 18th | 9:00pm – 3:00pm

WHERE: Milo Bail Student Center | University of Nebraska Omaha | 6203 University Dr N Omaha, NE 68132




The Heartland College and Career Roundtable is designed to connect educators, college faculty and administrators, business professionals, and community leaders together to support all students in their post-secondary success. This event will engage participants in conversations regarding college and career readiness, best practices and research, and advocating for underrepresented populations. The Heartland College and Career Roundtable will be hosted at the Milo Bail Student Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus on October 18, 2019.

This event is a collaborative partnership between the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha, the National Safe Schools Convening, and Iowa Safe Schools!


8:00-9:00am – Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00am – Morning Keynote – Dr. Marco Barker
10:00-10:15am – Break/Meet with Exhibitors
10:15-11:15am – Workshop Session #1
11:15-11:30am – Break/Meet with Exhibit
11:30-12:30am – Workshop Session #2
12:30-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-1:30pm – Lunch Panel Discussion
1:30-1:45pm – Break/Meet with Exhibitors
1:45-2:45pm – Workshop Session #3
2:45-3:15pm – Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Marco Barker – Vice Chancellor of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Marco Barker has served as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion since April 1, 2019, and holds an appointment as associate professor of practice in education administration.

Barker previously served in diversity leadership roles at Westminster College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. In his most recent position at Westminster College, Barker was the inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and the college’s chief diversity officer. During his time at the Utah college, he created an infrastructure for one of the state’s most diverse institutions of higher education.

Barker leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which shapes the policies, protocols and practices needed to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the university. He works toward fostering an inclusive, equitable and welcoming campus by collaborating with campus partners, allies and the local community.

Barker’s research and publications on higher education address doctoral and graduate education, cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, diversity, and leadership in higher education and often utilizes critical race theory and double consciousness as frameworks.

Barker is a certified qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, Master of Business Administration from Webster University and doctoral degree in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University.

Workshop Descriptions:

We have other workshop sessions in development, including Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Barriers in Success for Community College Students, Challenges in the Transition from College to the Workplace, and MORE!

Coaching First-Generation Students to College Success

Alisha Limoges & Arvin Frazier – College Possible

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for students from low income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Our unique model of near-peer mentoring and research-based curriculum prepares students for college readiness. College Possible partners with area organizations to help meet our students’ needs and overcome barriers to success. While we are in the greater Omaha-area, College Possible is located in 7 different areas of the country; together we are striving to end the degree-divide.

“Trans”-itioning into College: Navigating the Postsecondary Experience

Ric Tennenbaum – Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools

Unique challenges exist for LGBTQ students as they navigate through their college and postsecondary training experiences. In this session, participants will learn how to best prepare students as they consider their postsecondary goals, and they will be able to get resources from an expert in the field.

UNO Academic & Career Advising: An Integrated Model

Rebecca Atkins & Jonthan Acosta – University of Nebraska – Omaha

In this session, participants will learn about the Academic & Career Development Center’s integrated advising model. Topics will include academic & career advising for exploring students, a first year-experience seminar course, a career advising certification that can be implemented on your campus, employer partners and more.

Necessary Skills for the Workforce of Tomorrow – A Young Professional Perspective

Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council

The transition between higher education and future careers can be challenging due to a lack of connection between academic content and career aspirations. A panel of young professionals will discuss the professional skills found most useful for the next generation’s workforce and discuss ways to teach these topics in the classroom.

Building Blocks of Inclusion

Maggie Wood & Cammy Watkins – Inclusive Communities

Collaboration is a key value when working to create inclusive schools, business and communities. In this one-hour session, Inclusive Communities will share their work and lead participants through an activity to help broaden perspectives around working with diverse populations.

Exhibitor Information:

Are you interested in exhibiting at the Heartland College and Career Roundtable? Click here to register as an exhibitor.