Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students

Regina A. Lewis, Ph.D.Wednesday, October 15, 2014
9:15-10:15       Keynote Address
10:30-12:30     Workshop Breakout
Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center

This keynote and breakout will introduce the rationale and fundamental constructs of understanding and engaging under-resourced college students. It is designed for teachers who work with students who live with poverty. Researchby Eric Jensen and Ruby Payne based on their groundbreaking book, Bridges Out of Poverty, will be used as a framework for instruction and discussion. In addition, these sessions will explore what poverty is, how it affects students in school, and its impact on standardized testing and the achievement gap. Effective strategies to help students who live with poverty stay in college and achieve their goals will be discussed.


Regina A. Lewis holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy, a Master of Arts in Communication, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is also certified in an array of assessment tools, including LM360, Firo Business Assessment, Workplace Big 5, and Emotional Intelligence. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is a certified trainer of Bridges Out of Poverty, College Achievement Alliance.

Dr. Lewis, has presented on diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural leveraging, strategic planning, retention, and understanding and climbing out of poverty across the US and in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Korea, Japan, Germany, and Ethiopia. She leads and has alliances with worldwide organizations, specializing in leadership development and organization communication. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit agencies, and educational institutions.

Dr. Lewis is  the department chairperson and instructor of Communication and the director of the Women’s Forum at Pikes Park Community College. She is an adjunct professor of Freshman Seminar at the University of Colorado Springs, and serves as an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership.

Dr. Lewis’s publications and presentations focus on areas of diversity, leadership, preparedness of future leaders, and instructional delivery platforms.

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