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Promoting Student Success Series

The Promoting Student Success Series encourages campuswide conversations about promoting and advancing the culture of student success. This lecture series has been designed to inform the development of a vision for the role of WSU educators in promoting student success.

Each academic year, WSU educators hear from nationally renowned speakers regarding student success efforts in various contexts. Our goal is to identify strategies to better coordinate WSU efforts around student success and better define the roles of educators in promoting student success.



Promoting Student Success with Starfish

Daniel Jensen & Kenneth Johnson
February 23, 2022

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us virtually for a presentation about the impact of Starfish on the retention of Black students at Weber State University.

You may join us by adding the event and zoom link to your calendar here.


From Equity Talk to Equity Walk

Dr. Tia Brown McNair

January 13, 2022

Intentionality By Design

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: Allred Theater

Keynote Zoom Link  (Passcode: 915249)

What are promising strategies for engaging in equity-minded sense-making that embrace learner-centered approaches that support student success and advance equity? This discussion will highlight key principles outlined in the book From Equity Talk to Equity Walk and AAC&U’s efforts on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, with a goal of providing practical guidance on how to design and implement effective campus strategies that support the next generation of leaders in building just and equitable communities.

High-Impact Practices and Transparency

Time: 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Location: Ballroom C

Workshop Zoom Link 

How does greater transparency of intent and purpose of high-impact practices contribute to students’ depth of engagement in and learning from these experiences? This practice-oriented workshop will build on the principles outlined in the keynote presentation and will focus on effective teaching, learning, and assessment strategies that promote student success and higher learning gains. Examples will be offered from several national projects led by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. McNair directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers and serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives. She is the lead author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named McNair one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges and made a positive difference in their communities.

Navigating Diverse Connections & Building Mutual Empathy Across Difference

Dr. LaShawn Williams

October 6, 2021
1:30-2:50 p.m.

via Zoom

Please join us for the next speaker in our Promoting Student Success Series, Dr. LaShawn Williams, speaking on “Navigating Diverse Connections & Building Mutual Empathy Across Difference.”  Dr. Williams is a professor of social work at Utah Valley University and a relational change strategist who consults with organizations across the nation to create meaningful change through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.

Tim Renick

Aug. 23,  2021
10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Val A. Browning Center, Austad Theater & via Zoom

Please plan to join us on Monday, Aug. 23 as Weber State hosts Tim Renick, nationally recognized champion of student success. 

Dr. Renick is the executive director for the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University. He led efforts at Georgia State which increased graduation rates by 23 points over a decade and reduced time to degree by a half semester. 

As our first Promoting Student Success series speaker of 2021-22, Dr. Renick will kick off the implementation of our strategic plan and highlight the possibilities of greater student success outcomes.

Tim Renick will lead a presentation for all WSU faculty and staff from 10:15-11:30 a.m. (immediately after the annual Back to School Breakfast).

You can access the videos of previous presentations by enrolling in the Promoting Student Success Canvas course in three easy steps:

1. Go to:

2. Log in using your Wildcat username and password, (if you are not already logged in on the browser.) 

3. Click the "Enroll in Course" button located on the right side of the screen.

Please peruse the materials and feel free to contribute to the dialogue about what we can do to promote student success even more or better than we already do at WSU.