Yolonda Goodman, Columbia, South Carolina


Organization(s): Benedict College
Position(s): Leadership Develoment Retention Specialist
Work Setting: Higher Education
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    Interest Groups
    Career/ Vocational Education, Democratic Education, Faith-Based Service-Learning, Teacher Preparation/ Certification Programs, Leadership Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Peer Helping, Peacemaking/ Violence Prevention, Research, Social Justice, Socio-Emotional Learning, Spirituality, Technology and Service-Learning, Professional Learning Communities, Character Education, Juvenile Justice

    Where I Work
    Urban (large city)

    Who I Work With
    High School Only, Higher Education, Young Professionals (20’s and 30’s), AmeriCorps, Community-Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations

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    Short Description of My Current Work
    I teach freshman and sophomore seminar classes in accordance with the course syllabi that are designed to increase the academic achievement and retention of freshman and sophomore students; monitor the academic effort of assigned students by maintaing accurate records of student class attendance, tutorial participaton, grades, and demogrhics using best practices in case management and documentation using poise and other databaes as apropriate; assist in providing all necessary data for assessment and evaluation of the seminar program, which will include gathering and analyzing data, and submitting reports in the manner and timelines to the coordinator of Student Leadership Devlopment as set forth by the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs; Play key roles in the planning and implementation of structured freshmen year and new student orientation programs and events and other duties as assigned.

    Professional History
    I work in the area of Student Leadership Development as a Seminar Instructor.  Benedict College uses Service Learning & Community service as a graduation requirement.  Service Learning is connected to our course using the Service Learning curriculum alignament form.  The students in enrolled in my leadership courses are required to do civic service their Freshman and Sophomore year, including PLUS DAY one day of community service, which is held at Benedict College yearly.

    They are required to do 120 hours of service upon graduating.  I have been teaching leadership courses for several (7)years, and all students enrolled in my leadership courses are engaged in meaningful service learning projects connected to their STEM major and calculated into their knowledge final grade.

    Professional Expertise/ Passions
    My primary areas of expertise work presently is Student Leadership Development/STEM-Counseling.  
    I work with the STEM area of Benedict College.  
    My primary area is preparing students for their careers and career goals.  I teach students leadership styles, learning styles, self-awareness/transformation explorational interactions with other college campuses,high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, and networking with professional community partners.  I also encourage career dress, self-development, professional development, personal development, spiritual awareness, and academic development.  

    My passion is civic engagment, school dropout prevention programs,and advanced technology.

    What I'm Most Excited About in My Current Work
    I'm mostly excited about the good outcomes from student engagement with service learning projects connected to the STEM courses I currently teach.  

    The students have been featured in the Tiger News,and have been seen often in many campus events and programs sharing and reflecting on their learning experiences for our class projects.

    1. Baby Think it over- Teen Drop out Prevention Program.

    2. Big Buddy Program- Mentoring Program  9th and 10th grade High School students, and helping them with subjects such as math, science, and technology.

    3.Healthy You Program- Cancer Awareness & supporting funding sources such as March of Dimes Walk America, and Heart Walk of America, as well as informing communties about HIV/AIDS, and offering free screening/ power point presentation statistical data for the African American community, and including fun day serving the greater good of the community.

    4.Global Service- Nigeria Africa/ Summer trip to Africa
    2008-2009

    5.Remediation Technology- USC & Benedict College

    6.Environmental awarness project Williston SC & Benedict College

    7. PACT Test Tracking "Why African American children are doing so poorly with the PACT test in Richland County Public Schools Research.

    8. W.A. Perry AeroSpace Program technology and research

    9. A Better Way "Project Go (Gang Out)"



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