Rural Education Summit 2023 Schedule



Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech

12:30-1:00pm

1:00-2:30pm

2:30- 3:00pm

3:00-4:30pm

Welcome and Snacks

Rural Education Workshops (choose one of 3 available options)

Break and Connections

Rural Education Workshops (choose one of 3 available options)

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Location: The Moss Arts Center

7:00pm

Community Keynote:
BETH MACY, author of Dopesick & Raising Lazarus

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech

8:30-9:00am

9:00-9:25am

Coffee and Conversation

Welcome
AMY PRICE AZANO, Director, VT Center for Rural Education

9:30-9:45am

9:45-10:20am

10:30-11:15am

Table Chats

Panel Discussion

Breakout Session 1:

Option 1:
Innovative Approaches to Vaccine Education: Paving the Way for Whole Health in Rural Communities
Sophie Wenzel, MPH, DrPH, CPH

Assistant Professor of Practice
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech

Option 2:
Diversity Camp: Support for LGBTQ+ Youth in Southwest Virginia
Joshua Olinger, MPP

Chair, Board of Directors
Brandon McGhee, LCSW
Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Kristi Murray, JD
Legal Advisor and Member of Board of Directors
Jody Russon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech
Dolly Davis, PA
Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at Diversity Camp Inc.
President of Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge Transgender Alliance

Option 3:
Suicide Prevention in Rural Schools and Communities
Matthew Fullen, PhD
Associate Professor, Counselor Education
School of Education, Virginia Tech

11:30am-12:15pm

Breakout Session 2:

Option 1:
Virginia Cooperative Extension Partnerships with Rural Schools and Communities to Prevent Substance Misuse and Addiction
Susan Dalrymple, MSW
Project Coordinator, Rural Opioids Technical Assistance (ROTA) Project
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Amelia Bandy, MBA
Project Coordinator, Rural Opioids Technical Assistance (ROTA) Project
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Option 2:
Movement as a Healing Practice for Racial Trauma
Tameka Grimes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision
School of Education, Virginia Tech
Saudamini Agarwal, Doctoral Student, Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech
Eva Melendez, Doctoral Student, Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech

Option 3:
Supporting Rural Refugee, Migrant, and Displaced Students and Families
Bethany Lackey, PhD
Executive Director, Roanoke Refugee Partnership
Co-founder, A Tree Planted Collective
Elizabeth Stringer-Nunley
ESL Lead, Galax City Schools
Brett Shadle, PhD
Associate Director, Certer for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies
Professor, History, Virginia Tech
Deidre Hand
Community Engagement Specialist, Center for Rural Education & Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies
Co-Founder, Elimisha Kakuma

12:30-1:15pm

1:30-1:45pm

1:45-2:30pm

Lunch / Poster Presentations / Mobile Unit Exploration

Table Chats

Panel Discussion

3:30pm

Screening of the film “Tipping the Pain Scale”¬†at the Lyric Theatre
FREE and Open to the Public
Click here to see the announcement from The Lyric about the screening!
Concession items will be available for purchase