GEAR UP Retreat Refocuses Staff

Spring 2007 | | May 21, 2007 at 6:57 pm

In early April, GEAR UP staff held its annual Team meeting, focused on Progress and Change within the organization. Consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the primary focus of the meeting was to:

  • Recommit to team solidarity;
  • Reach consensus about essential program components;
  • Review the program plan through 2011; and
  • Define sustainability for and with GEAR UP schools.

The team meeting challenged staff and participating program consultants to understand our role as Change Agents with continued emphasis on assessing and improving the services we provide to students, schools, families and communities. For more information, go to the California GEAR UP website www.castategearup.org.

“My hope was that the retreat would spark a willingness to believe in the positive culture we have developed enough to reach beyond our boundaries in service to the educational community, the families and STUDENTS.“

Shelley Davis, Director, California GEAR UP

GEAR UP staff have graduated from or worked at many different colleges and universities in California and other parts of the United States.

Standing: Bernadette Ramirez (University of California, Davis); Don Watson (Whittier College); Vance Mills (San Diego State University); Frank Holmes (University of California, Davis); Crystal Graves, (University of California, Berkeley); Jill Campbell (Howard University); Sandy Carpenter-Stevenson (Grambling State University); Don Mar (University of California, Berkeley); Tommy Lam (San Francisco State University); Penny Edgert (University of California, Merced); Joann Zgonc (Ohio State University); Lynn Baranco (University of California, Berkeley)

Sitting: Shirley Cunningham (National University); Marsha King (San Francisco State University); Shelley Davis (University of San Francisco); Gina Rodriguez (Occidental College); Natalie Smyers (University of Las Vegas)

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