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Successposium 2019

Hello Successposium Participants,

I would like to personally thank you for attending the annual Successposium Conference. It was a pleasure seeing everyone get involved in this year’s themes of Mental Health & Wellness, Professional Growth, and Lifting as we Climb. We were able to witness over 200 students come together to discuss and engage in their own success at Carolina. This could not have been done without you!

The goal was for students to take charge of their own success at Carolina and to leave each student inspired. Candice Powell, an Associate Director of Retention, put into perspective how we achieved this goal; “by helping students understand their courage and vulnerability provided permission for other students to embrace their individual path, to take responsibility for their own journeys, to face uncertainty with bravery, and to lean into resources here that can support them.” It was an honor to have each of you present and we would love to see how your work progresses in the future.

On behalf of the Successposium Planning Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Retention, we are offering the utmost and sincerest thank you in making this year’s conference a success! Successposium is supported through a generous donation by the Summer School. The committee extends gratitude to Dr. Jan Yopp, Dean of the Summer School, for continuous support of student success at Carolina.

We hope everyone was left inspired and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Successposium Conference!


Thank you,

Ayanna Webster

Successposium Chair


We believe that every student at Carolina can grow, thrive and develop into lifelong learners. Success does not look the same for all of us, and there are many different pathways to thriving in college. Our journeys to graduation are enriched when we support each other. This multi-day, collaborative, cross-university symposium was created to encourage undergraduate students to take charge of our own success and to connect with resources, opportunities, and people who can help us to thrive in college. Successposium is designed and coordinated by undergraduate students and focuses on issues and needs relevant to thriving at Carolina.

Throughout the week of Successposium, university departments, offices, and student groups will host events, gatherings, and workshops where students can consider their own experiences and needs in direct and meaningful ways. We’re also hosting TED-style talks on wellness and well-being, professional growth and development in undergrad, and lift as you climb from 6:00 – 8:30pm in the Freedom Forum Room in Carrol Hall on Wednesday, January 30th. Come for the free food, come for the swag, but mostly, come to hear the stories of other students and young alumni who grew and learned and thrived at Carolina. We think you’ll be glad you did.



Successposium 2019 Highlights


Successposium 2019: Mental Health and Wellness, Professional Growth, & Lifting as You Climb

Featured Speakers


A picture of Devin Russell

Devin Russell

A picture of Kolby Hunter

Kolby Hunter

A picture of Dexter Robinson

Dexter Robinson

A picture of Patrick Mateer

Patrick Mateer

A picture of Myra Parker

Myra Parker

A picture of Patsy Montesinos

Patsy Montesinos

Candice Jones

Candice Jones


  • Provide opportunities for students to learn more about university resources in a collaborative and supportive setting
  • Encourage students to consider elements within University’s definition of student success:

  • Exploring and growing intellectually
  • Appreciating diverse perspectives as well as developing one’s own identity
  • Developing social and emotional skills
  • Engaging in meaningful activities, roles, and relationships
  • Cultivating a sense of purpose or vocation
  • Expose students to concepts that could influence their path to thriving and graduation:
    • Resilience
    • Professional Growth
    • Growth Mindset
    • Networking
    • Health and Self-Care





Laughter Yoga 101 – UNC Counseling and Psychological Services – 1pm – Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Do you like to laugh? do you want more laughter/fun in your life? come learn about laughter yoga!

* no physical ability is required, comfy clothes helpful but by no means required.

Contact: Elizabeth Mcintyre –


Coloring for Creative Stress Relief – Undergraduate Retention – 3pm – 4pm – Student Union, 3409

In this workshop, we will explore creative outlets for de-stressing our lives and self-care, focusing on adult coloring and meditation through creativity. Participants will learn how participating in creative activities can reduce stress, anxiety, distress, depression, and other negative emotions.

Contact: Jessica Lambert-Ward ( & Carolyn Ebeling (


Dimensions of Wellness – Student Wellness – 5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM – Location TBD

Facilitated by peer educators HHA! (Health Heel Ambassadors).


Federal Application Writing Workshop – Center for Global Initiatives – 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Undergraduate Library, 205

Join UNC’s Diplomat-in-Residence and the Center for Global Initiatives for a collaborative award application workshop at the Undergraduate Library!

The Diplomat-in-Residence, Kathryn Crockart, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and she will lead this session sharing insight and tips on how to write applications for federal jobs and programs.

In her current role, Kathryn helps a diverse cross-section of Americans who want to serve and represent our country to pursue career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

CGI will also have a program manager available to share additional application strategies and resources to find funding for global programs.


Grocery Bingo – Carolina Cupboard – 7PM – 176 Koury (Manning East Community)

Carolina Cupboard is excited to partner with Successposium on addressing food insecurity on campus. As the only food pantry on campus, Carolina Cupboard offers food and other essentials to the UNC community. Join us on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at 176 Koury (Manning East Community) as we conduct Grocery Bingo. This fun event is a great opportunity to win free groceries and interact with your fellow peers. Hope to see you there!.

Contact: Holden Lawrence (


Trailblazing, Purpose and Vision Boards – 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Freedom Forum Room, Carrol Hall

Hosted by: Daily Dose with E, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Theta Pi Chapter 

Do you want to live your 2019 with more purpose? Is February the start of your 2019? Do you want to learn more about the Black Arts Movement? Join The Daily Dose with E and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Theta Pi Chapter for a night full of reflecting and creativity. We’ll be writing letters to ourselves and creating vision boards to match our goals of 2019!

We ask that all participants bring at least 1 magazine and a quote that they will live by in 2019! Please fill free to bring anything else you’d like to place on your vision board!

Please contact Elarnta Darden at  or Noel McIntosh at for more details.



Carolina Firsts Honors Program Information Session – Carolina Firsts – 10:00am – 11:00am – Pleasants Room inside Wilson Library

Carolina Firsts are resilient, driven and talented first-generation college students on a path to change the world with their college degree.

Because of their position as pioneers, we know that Firsts are less likely to arrive to college with connections to high impact college experiences such as internships, service learning, mentored research and global studies. Increasing the number of Firsts who participate in these critical activities is imperative for their academic and economic mobility, and a priority for the broader Carolina Firsts initiatives at our university.

The Carolina Firsts Honors Program is the first Honors Program in the nation designed to provide first-generation college students with a concrete roadmap for success. Students are encouraged to:

  • Explore transformative high impact experiences,
  • Connect in a meaningful way with faculty and staff, and
  • Celebrate their unique contributions to the university.

If you want to learn more about how you can be part of this program, be sure to attend this information session.

Contact information: Dr. Huerta:


Resume Consultations – University Career Services – 10:30am – 12pm – Hanes Hall, room 239 

Students can bring their resume to UCS for a quick one-on-one review to get tips on how to enhance their resume for the type of opportunity they seek. We just ask students to bring a copy of their resume and the job/internship/fellowship they want to apply to. Students will be seen by a counselor or a Career Peer.

Contact: Mary Rosage (


DiversiTea – CUAB’s Diversity Committee – 11:00am – 2:00pm – Union West Lounge

Come out to DiversiTea and enjoy different teas from around the world. Join CUAB’s Diversity Committee in hosting a tea-rrific event with international teas and snacks and free tumbler giveaways.

Elise Richardson | Carolina Union Activities Board – Diversity Co-Chair 2018-2019
Isabelle Saliba | Carolina Union Activities Board – Diversity Co-Chair 2018-2019


Innovation & Entrepreneurship Resource Recap – Innovate Carolina – 11:30am – 1:00pm – 1789 Venture Lab (173 ½ E. Franklin Street)

1789 Venture Lab will host a resource fair and networking event to kick off the Spring Semester.  There are lots of exciting things happening on campus related to innovation and entrepreneurship! Don’t miss this event that will get you up to speed! In case you missed the launch of our new social ideation software last semester or a chance to receive funding from the Dreamers-Who-Do sponsorship, come and get caught up on the best ways to take your idea to the next level. If you have never visited before, get a tour of 1789 Venture Lab  and complete orientation to join the co-working space. If you are no rookie to the I & E world at UNC Chapel Hill, join us to learn about resources, workshops and competitions this semester. Snacks and soft drinks will be served.

Contact: Kimi Yingling (


Study Abroad 101 Info Session w/ Peer Ambassadors – 2:30-3:00, Student Union Room 2518

Ready to get started on your study abroad journey? The first step is to join us for one of our Study Abroad 101 Information Sessions! In this session one of our Study Abroad Advisors will cover general information that will help guide you through the next steps to study abroad, including the application process, funding and financial aid info, credits, and more! You will also hear insight from Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors: UNC students who have been abroad and want to share their tips and experiences!

Click here for more tips on Where to Start


Perception vs. Reality. Are You Career Ready? – University Career Services – Hanes Hall 239A/B – 2pm – 3pm

Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace (National Association of Colleges & Employers). Explore the 8 competencies that lay the framework for CR and develop strategies and tactics that will close the gap between your preparation and the world of work.

Contact: Tamara Taylor – (


Resume + Cover Letter Design Workshop – Undergraduate Library Design Lab – 4:30pm

Hosted by: Mr. UNC 2019-Alton Peques, Black in Technology, Teach for America

Resume & Cover Letter workshop! Learn from experts in the Undergraduate Lab Design how to design your own resume using creative tools such as Adobe! RSVP TODAY at:


Questions? Interested in hosting something during Succcessposium? Great!

For general questions, contact Ayanna Webster, Successposium Chair. For information about hosting an event, click here.

  • Advertisement Committee:
    • Viviana Gonzalez, Qiera Lesesne, Luis Amaya- Villa, Tyler McNeil
  •  Workshop Committee:
    • Luke Fayard, Sarah Stanfield, Greg Davis, Angelica Villanueva
  • Ted-Talk Committee:
    • Dexter Robinson, Aliyah Jordan, Zander Toy
  • Logistics Committee:
    • Anusha Suresh, Kayla Carlson, George Lopez



Carolina Launch: the First-Year Gala
Hosted by: First-Year Focus Council (Executive Branch of Student Government)

Great Hall, Student Union

Carolina Launch will be an opportunity for first-year students to hear from a select group of seniors, and a keynote speaker, about how to make the most out of their time at Carolina and how new students can leave their heelprint on campus.

Click Here for more information


MONDAY JANUARY 29TH – Wellness and Resilience

Building a Relationship with a Professor

Hosted by: Dr. Kelly Hogan and Dr. Brian Hogan

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Coker Hall, Room 215

Learn tips from faculty and students on how to build meaningful faculty – student mentoring relationships.  This session will be discussion-oriented and facilitated as a conversation. 


CRSA Welcome Back

Hosted by: Campus Recreation Student Association

5:07pm – 6:00pm

Fetzer Classroom 104

CRSA is a student organization that offers student development workshops to help students prepare for future endevours. This Welcome Back event will let attendees know the topics CRSA will be covering in the spring semester, discuss topics students would like to develop, and answer questions on any professional development topics students may have.


3D Imaging with Agisoft PhotoScan


Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

A basic workshop to learn to create 3D images from a series of photographs using a regular camera and PhotoScan software.

Click Here for more information



THEME: Wellness and Resilience

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Micheline Amisi
  • Cesar Rodriguez
  • Laura Kathryn Smith 



Wake Up Your Mind With Mindful Yoga

Hosted by: Campus Recreation

8am – 9am

Location: TBD

Mindful movement can help increase awareness, focus and decrease stress. Join Campus Recreation for a morning yoga session and refreshments.


Improve Your Time Management 

Hosted by: The Learning Center 


Location: Undergraduate Library 124

Tired of wasting time? Want to be more efficient and productive? Come to our Time Management Workshop! Click here for a full list of spring workshops.


Battle Park Natural History Hike

Hosted by: Campus Rec Expeditions

4:00pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Battle Park / Outdoor Education Center

We’ll saunter from the Union to Battle Park and around the mysterious Gimghoul Castle.  On the way back we’ll loop through the Outdoor Education Center.  Natural history scavenger hunt throughout the journey.  Should take about 1.5 hours.


Python I
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Davis Library Research Hub

This workshop will introduce attendees to the Python programming language.  We’ll help you install Python 3 and the Anaconda distribution, execute your first lines of code, and explore the basic functionality of Python.  After this workshop, attendees should be better placed to start working on a specific project in Python, learning along the way, or work through more in-depth training.

Python is widely used by researchers in many disciplines, and can be used to accomplish or automate many tasks outside academia.  General computer skills are required, but specialized prior knowledge in computer programming is not required.

Click Here for more information and registration


More Arduino Projects

5:30–6:30; registration required.

Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Learn to use more advanced components with Arduino. Note: please bring a laptop computer to the workshop, and install the latest version of the Arduino software here.

Click Here for more information


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31ST – Adulting: Personal and Professional Development

Who Are You? 

Hosted by: The Office of Student Life & Leadership

1pm – 2pm

Location: Carolina Union  2422

Students will engage in personal identity development and reflection. The workshop will increase awareness of different perspectives and offer tools for students to engage in dialogue.


Laughter Yoga

Hosted by: CAPS

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Want more laughter in your life? Come learn about and experience laughter yoga! No Yoga mat needed as your are guided through laughter exercises. Connect with others, give your abs a little workout, and get an endorphin spike to carry you through the mid-week slump.


Personal and Professional Development through Giving Back

Hosted by: Carolina For The Kids


Location: Carolina Union  2422

A presentation about what Carolina For The Kids is and how we help undergrads gain professional and leadership experience as the largest student-run nonprofit in North Carolina. Our organization brings together people of diverse backgrounds to unite for one common cause, allowing students to get experience working as part of team and towards a bigger goal. Our cause allows students to take on a myriad of roles, which aids in both personal and professional development. Many of our CFTK alumni go onto work in professions related to their work in CFTK and remain close friends with their teams who provide a network of support through the rest of their life. In a supportive nonprofit environment, students can try out different roles and find out who they are and what they like, while gaining professional experience and meeting friends that will last a lifetime.

Grant Writing Workshop
Hosted by Center for Global Initiatives  

6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Location: Undergraduate Library, Room 205

Join the Center for Global Initiatives and the UNC Writing Center for a collaborative grant writing workshop at the Undergraduate Library! Led by a Writing Center professional who has read thousands of proposals, this workshop is a crash course on the qualities that make a proposal successful. Get an insider’s view of the selection process and learn strategies for effective writing. This workshop is the third in a series of workshops held throughout the year.



THEME: Adulting: Personal and Professional Development

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Hiren Gihwala
  • Teresa Ceballos
  • Recent Alum: Michael Dyson


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1ST – Strategic Planning for Success

Model a Low Poly Mountain Scene with Blender 

10:00am–11:30am; registration required.

Location: Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Start creating more advanced 3D models for VR environments with Blender, a powerful, open-source 3D design program. Please bring a laptop and mouse to the workshop, and download the free Blender software (here) prior to the workshop.

Click Here for more information


Mental Health and Wellness Skills Training Modules

Hosted by: Mental Health Ambassadors

11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Union 3203

MHA Skills training modules are approximately 30-40 minutes each. We offer modules on Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, UNC CAPS (what is it, how to use), Conflict Management, Depression/Suicide, and more. Our mission is to support students, equip students, and connect them to resources, rather than merely raise awareness. We believe that the skills/information imparted through these lessons serve all students well, especially those who are still learning about the resources available to them. At the event, we will present a module, distribute resources from CAPS (i.e. stress balls, pamphlets, and coloring books), and facilitate a short hands-on stress management activity, such as painting or crafts.  Lunch provided!


Basic EndNote
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Health Science Library Research Hub

This Basic Endnote Class will cover the fundamental functions of the Endnote software. Build your library, managing your sources, and inserting your citations into your documents will be the focus of what we will cover. This class is structured for new to beginning users.

Click Here for more information


Triangle Pride Resource Fair

Hosted by: UNC-CH LGBTQ Center


Great Hall, FPG Student Union

Triangle Pride Resource Fair (TPRF) is the main event of Ally Appreciation Week, a celebration of LGBTIQA+ and allied solidarity in the communities surrounding UNC-Chapel Hill. Each year, TPRF brings together vendors from over fifty Triangle-area organizations,businesses, and resources that specifically serve LGBTIQA+ and allied individuals. 

Details at

  • Vendors represent organizations and services such as: 
  • Academic Courses and Programs
  • Community Events and Involvement
  • HIV and STI testing
  • Housing
  • Legal Protection and Equal Rights
  • Medical and Mental Health Care
  • Professional Associations
  • Social Clubs
  • Social, Legal, and Medical Transition
  • Support Groups
  • Sports and Activity Groups
  • Attending TPRF
  • Free food, free STI testing, and raffle giveaways every 30 minutes! 

TPRF is one way that the LGBTQ Center connects the campus community with local resources. Vendors have been chosen based on their commitment and engagement with LGBTIQA+ communities in order to maximize the benefits of attending. Individuals earn one raffle ticket just for attending and filling out an evaluation form! 

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3D Design and Printing


Location: Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Interested in 3D printing but don’t know where to start? Come learn about some tools that will help you bring your ideas to the physical world, and start designing with Tinkercad. Note: please bring a laptop computer and mouse to this workshop.

Click Here for more information



THEME: Strategic Planning for Success

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Adam Farag
  • Madrid Danner-Smith
  • Rich Hall


Questions? Interested in hosting something during Succcessposium? Great!

For general questions, contact Reem Ahmed, Successposium Chair. For information about hosting an event, click here.



Reem Ahmed, Successposium Chair, Undergraduate Retention Intern Luke Fayard, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Aaron Epps, President, Black Student Movement and VP Class of’18 Kate Kryder, Office of Student Life & Leadership
Tania Gavino-Lopez,Undergraduate Retention Intern Gary Miller, University Career Services
Lenore Hango,Undergraduate Retention Intern Candice Powell, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Michael Alberse, Student Government Representative Sarah Stanfield, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Anusha Suresh, Undergraduate Retention Intern Omar Simpson, Office of Undergraduate Retention

Successposium is supported through a generous donation by the Summer School. The committee extends gratitude to Dr. Jan Yopp, Dean of the Summer School, for your continuous support of student success at Carolina.