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2015 Summit on College Success

Hosted by Georgetown University

Monday, July 13: Cristo Rey School Lead College Counselors and Alumni Advisors Tuesday, July 14 AM: Cristo Rey School Lead College Counselors and Alumni Advisors
Tuesday, July 14 PM: + University Partners and strategic Cristo Rey partners
Wednesday, July 15: + University Partners and strategic Cristo Rey partners

REGISTER HERE by Friday, June 12 at 12pm CST
Attendees | Costs and Accommodations | Maps and Directions | Agenda

Academic, financial and often life challenges impede Cristo Rey graduates’ path to a bachelor’s degree. Data indicates our graduates are at the greatest risk of withdrawing from college after their freshman and sophomore years. As the Cristo Rey Network growth plan forecasts more than 20,000 Cristo Rey alumni by 2020, we are expanding our efforts to achieve our college completion goal of 70% for the Class of 2020 - comparable to the expected graduation rate for children born in high-income families.

Join Cristo Rey school leaders, University Partners, researchers, and peer collaborators for a convening showcasing evidence-based research, programs, and practices that have enhanced college success for Cristo Rey students and alumni.

2015 Summit Presenters

Stephanie Sprow
Deputy Director
U. S. Department of Education
First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative

Matt Beirne
Director of Admission
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Dr. Rachel Mazyck Pfeifer
Collegiate Directions, Inc.

Derek Brinkley
Associate Director
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
Matthew Holsapple
Senior Research Analyst
University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

Omega Styles, M.B.A. and M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
Loyola University Chicago
Missy Foy
Program Director
Georgetown Scholars Program

Theresa Atta
Associate Director
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Andrew Carter
Associate Director of Admissions
College of the Holy Cross

Tina Pennington
Red and Black
Julie Kerich
Interim Vice President
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Franklin and Marshall College
Mandy Williams
Red and Black

Summit History

In keeping with the organization's mission to help Cristo Rey graduates on their transition to and through college, the Cristo Rey Network launched the University Partner Initiative in 2009 to formalize strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to expanding its capacity and furthering its mission to “transform urban America, one student at a time” in new, mutually beneficial ways. The initiative seeks to identify, inform, and promote new institutional supports and programs that ensure college success for Cristo Rey and other low-income students across the country. We are deeply grateful to our 24 National and 22 Supporting Partners who help us realize our mission.

Words of Support from University Partners

"Such collaboration is at the heart of successful K-16 education. By supporting the Cristo Rey Network, Dominican not only advances Catholic secondary education, but also creates a pipeline of talented college-bound students."

Donna Carroll, President of Dominican University

"We have many things to be proud of at Fordham, but among the crown jewels is our partnership with the Cristo Rey network. There are few causes more urgent than the formation of young people's minds and spirits; together we prepare them to heal the world."

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University

"This is not an abstract commitment to diversity or opportunity. We know that their gifts, their talents, their personal experiences, their life histories, their personal stories are enriching the quality of life on our campus every day. And so for us to be the kind of institution we want to be, we need your students. We need the young men and women you are preparing for our schools. We can't be what we hope to be without them."

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

"Loyola University Chicago is grateful for being selected as a Founding National University Partner with the Cristo Rey Network. This partnership provides Loyola the opportunity to contribute to one of the most innovative educational movements in our country. It will also allow Loyola to continue our commitment to providing access and support to first generation college students."

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago

"Marquette has been recruiting Cristo Rey Network graduates since the first Cristo Rey high school opened its doors in 1996, and now has twenty Cristo Rey graduates enrolled. What's always impressed me about Cristo Rey Network high schools is that the education is so focused on helping students achieve a college degree in preparation for lives of leadership and service. This university partner program will help students and the Cristo Rey Network reach that goal."

Robert A. Wild, S.J., President of Marquette University

"Saint Peter's College is pleased to support the Cristo Rey Network by joining the University Partner Initiative, a partnership that truly parallels the Jesuit ideals of our community. We look forward to broadening the horizons of these students by enriching their educational and professional experiences."

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., St. Peter's College President

"This partnership is an important aspect of St. Thomas University fulfilling its mission of 'Developing Leaders for Life.' Cristo Rey students represent the future of this nation and we are honored to partner in the preparation of the next generation of world leaders. Cristo Rey Network students will be an important addition to our already diverse and talented student body."

Monsignor Franklyn Casale, St. Thomas University President

"Such collaboration is at the heart of our Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University to provide quality education to those who deserve it despite challenging circumstances. Creighton is proud of its association with Cristo Rey Network and our mutual commitment of educating women and men who will make a difference in our world."

Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., President of Creighton University

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