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Senior Transition Programming: Spring 2022

Senior Transitions Programs Spring 2022

For Avon Old Farms & Miss Porter’s School


Senior Program (In-Person) “You’re Off to See the Wizard: Senior Transitions to College”

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 7–8:30 p.m. ET

Making the Transition to College: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Do students who join fraternities or sororities really drink more than non-Greek students? What drugs, both prescription and illegal, are “trending” on campuses? What if you don’t get along with your roommate? How can you maintain balance and reduce anxiety when the competition is fierce academically?

Katie Koestner was on the cover of TIME Magazine at age 18 as the first woman in history to publicly speak out about being a victim of date rape. She will share her impactful personal story and offer best tips to be prepared for your next chapter. This program addresses a wide variety of campus life issues—mental health and wellness, hazing, peer pressure, depression, homesickness, diversity and multiculturalism, roommate problems, fitting-in, and privacy. The program helps students thrive in their new college environment. Examples from Ivy League institutions, Big Ten schools, top liberal arts and specialty colleges, as well as other highly selective universities are provided.

A sampling of the topics addressed include:

  • How does the campus judicial system work?
  • Are parents notified if you use the health center or received any testing or treatment?
  • Who can see your college emails and IP connections?
  • What rights do you have should you have a roommate dispute?
  • Who gets to see your grades?
  • What services does the Health Center offer for pregnancy, STD testing, and infections?
  • What constitutes “hazing” vs. a prank or a joke? What are the consequences for being a bystander in a hazing incident?
  • What can you do to find balance and support at college? What can you do if you experience stress and anxiety?


Parent Program (Online) “They’re Off to See the Wizard: Transitions to College for Parents”

Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 7–8 p.m. ET

Supporting Students through the Transition to College

Is the term party school fact or fiction? What does it mean if a campus is dry? Is it safer for students to live in a single-sex residence hall? Are the bathrooms at some campuses really 100 percent gender neutral? Today’s campus environment presents the college student with the overlapping jurisdictions and standards of state laws, local ordinances, federal offenses, campus policies, honor codes, government regulations and requirements, civil litigation, and student conduct boards.

Learn best practices for preparing your child for college. Gain expert insight into a wide variety issues your student may encounter—the Greek system, hook-up culture, friendships and relationships, technology and gaming addiction, mental health and wellness, fake IDs, hazing, binge drinking, peer pressure, depression, homesickness, roommate problems, fitting-in, privacy, and drugs. Examples from Ivy League institutions, Big Ten schools, top liberal arts and specialty colleges, as well as other highly selective universities are provided.

A sampling of the topics addressed include:

  • How does the campus judicial system work?
  • Are student conduct hearings open to the public or behind closed doors?
  • Who can be called as a witness? Are students allowed to bring an attorney? Can parents participate?
  • What is clear and convincing vs. a preponderance of the evidence?
  • What is the alcohol policy and what happens if students are caught? What is the jurisdiction? What is a Good Samaritan Policy, Safe Harbor Policy and a Limited Immunity Policy?
  • What does it mean to “seek counseling”—who will know that students ever did this?
  • Can colleges report alcohol, drugs, and medical issues to parents who are paying the tuition bill?
  • What services does the Health Center offer for pregnancy, STD testing, and infections?
  • Who gets to see your child’s grades?

Register for the parent program here

 Instructions for the registration process:

  1. Today – Click the registration link and submit your name and email address. You’ll receive an email confirmation from “Campus Outreach Services” with your personalized login link.
  2. 24 Hours Before and 1 Hour Before the Program – You’ll receive an email reminder from “Campus Outreach Services” with your personalized GoToWebinar login link.
  3. 5 Minutes Before the Program – Click the login link from any of the “Campus Outreach Services” emails.
    1. If on a phone, you will be prompted to download the GoToWebinar app. Download the app, following the prompts. Your phone will automatically put you into the webinar after the app has downloaded and opened.
    2. If on a PC or Mac, you will prompted to download the GoToWebinar mobile app. Download the app, following the prompts. Your computer will automatically put you into the webinar after the app has downloaded and opened.

Expert Presenters:

Katie Koestner (she/her) – National Expert, Renowned Educator, Author and Visionary Leader

Ms. Koestner has lectured at over 5000 colleges and high schools in North America. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, is the subject of an HBO Movie, as well as dozens of other national news programs. The US Ambassador to India has invited Ms. Koestner to lecture for 19 days in India, and the US Department of Defense has had Ms. Koestner train their top 200 officers. She has presented to the Division 1 Basketball Coaches at the Final Four and to Chinese Delegates at the UN. Katie’s quick wit, humor and captivating delivery keep her audiences glued to every word! When Katie shares her personal story about being the victim of Date Rape, her audiences are both inspired and moved to take more positive actions as bystanders when they witness unhealthy relationships.

Gordon Braxton (he/him) - Author, Activist and Educator on Sexual Violence, Former Director of Men’s Outreach on Sexual Assault Prevention at Harvard University

Gordon Braxton is a Division Chief with the Department of Defense, and previously served as the Prevention Specialist at Harvard University, where he implemented the University’s violence prevention policies. Gordon completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia and has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was identified by Ebony Magazine as a “super man” because of his commitment to activism focused on fighting intimate partner violence. Gordon was introduced to the field of sexual violence prevention as a peer educator in an all-male anti-violence group at the University of Virginia. He currently serves as the Director of Men’s Involvement for Campus Outreach Services and is on the board of the Take Back the Night Foundation. He is the author of “Empowering Black Boys to Challenge Rape Culture.”

Amanda Blaugher - Title IX Director at Gettysburg College

Amanda Blaugher serves as the Title IX Director at Gettysburg College. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where she founded a Women’s Empowerment program and was awarded the Third Century Scholar Award. She is also the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation and the Curriculum Director for Campus Outreach Services. Amanda served as the Conference Coordinator of the International Summit to End Sexual Violence and was awarded a Certificate of Advocacy from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2016.