4th Annual

Conference on 

Education and Poverty


Millersville University

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D., Director

Online Conference

Thursday, November 19- Saturday, November 21, 2020

The purpose of the Conference on Education and Poverty is to  share information, practices, policies, and research pertaining to working with students in poverty.
Click HERE for 2018 Conference Program

Welcome to the 2nd Conference on Poverty and Education.


We are pleased to share that our first conference in 2017 attracted over 300 participants and included 2 nationally renowned key note speakers, 2 panel sessions, a documentary film, and over 30 concurrent sessions! (Click HERE for 2017 program). 

This conference brings together both scholars and practitioners in a multi-disciplinary research platform and forum for discussion to promote the well-being and education of children living in poverty. 

This conference is a venue for those interested in an exchange of ideas focused to helping promote the education and lives of children living in poverty.  University faculty, teachers, administrators, psychologists, social workers, other professionals, and community members are welcome to come together to focus on research and practice.


Proposals for sessions from scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders in all areas are sought. Proposals are double blind, peer-reviewed. 


The conference features key note addresses from nationally renown experts, panel discussions, documentary film and discussion, concurrent sessions, and opportunities for networking.

We look forward to having you join us at the conference!



Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D., Conference Coordinator


Conference Committee:

Dr. Laura Granruth, Social Work

Dr. Hadi Halawa, Wellness & Sports Science

Dr. Ojama Edeh Herr, Special Education

Dr. Nakeiha Primus Smith, Educational Foundations

Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El, Psychology


Thursday, November 19

Focus on the Community Day

Documentary Film and Discussion

Free and Open to the Public

6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 

Educating Girls and Women in Poverty

Documentary films and talk back with Dr. Bushra Rahim and Rep. Katherine Cassidy

**Program subject to change at the discretion of the conference committee**

Friday, November 20

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Invited Roundtable

MU faculty scholars convene to discuss research and action agendas.

Student Memorial Center

6:00 p.m. Optional: Dinner and Music at El Seranno, Lancaster

2151 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster, PA

RVSP at the Registration Table by 12 noon

**Program subject to change at the discretion of the conference committee**


Saturday, November 16

8:00 a.m. Registration

Hallway outside of Student Memorial Center, Reighard Multipurpose Room 114


8:30 a.m. Opening Welcome and Keynote

Welcome! Dr. Ann Gaudino, Conference Director


Keynote: Dr. Sito Narcisse

Educating Secondary Students in Poverty


9:30 a.m.- 9:40 a.m. Break

9:40 a.m.-10:25 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 1

10:25-10:35 Break

10:35-11:20 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 2

11:20 -12:10 p.m. Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Panel Session: Education, Poverty, and Reform

Student Memorial Center, Reighard Multipurpose Room 114

Dr. Ann Gaudino, Panel Moderator


1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Break

1:10  p.m.- 1:55 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 3

**Program subject to change at the discretion of the conference committee**


Millersville University 

 President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion

Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Anthropology

Department of Early, Middle & Exceptional Education

Department of Educational Foundations

Department of Wellness and Sport Sciences

Millersville/Shippensburg Educational Leadership Programs

Instructors of Student Presenters:

Dr. Sarah Brooks, Millersville University

Dr. Rhonda Brunner, Shippensburg University

Dr. Ann Gaudino, Millersville University

Dr. Ann Marie Licata. Millersville University

Dr. Elizabeth Powers, Millersville University

Dr. Nakeiha Primus Smith, Millersville University

Dr. Miriam Witmer, Millersville University

Dr. Tiffany Wright, Millersville University

Key Note Speakers

Dr. Sito Narcisse, Ph.D.

Chief of Secondary Schools

Washington D.C. Public Schools

Dr. Bushra Rahim, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Home & Tribal Affairs Department, 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Rep. Katherine Cassidy



Hearts of Sierra Leone

(pictured here with the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada)

Conference Director:

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.

Millersville University

PO Box 1002

Millersville, PA  17551


Conference Committee:
Dr. Jennifer Frank, Social Work

Dr. Laura Granruth, Social Work

Dr. Hadi Halawa, Wellness & Sports Science

Dr. Persida Himmele, Early/Middle/Exceptional Education

Dr. Margaret Mbindyo, Academic Advisement

Dr. Miriam Witmer, Educational Foundations

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