GEAR UP Iowa Virtual College Conference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wednesday, April 21st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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There’s no denying that the past year has been unlike anything we have experienced before. The pandemic not only interrupted college life as we know it, but also brought along other stressors such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, academic overwhelm, disappointment, financial strains and a political division. It probably feels like the past year has been a complete wash… BUT we are confident that it is possible to use adversity as an opportunity for self-reflection and improvement. That is the purpose of this year’s GEAR UP Iowa Virtual Colleg​e Conference: equipping GEAR UP college students with the tools to pivot this moment to enhance their resilience, personal wellness, peer connections and creativity. The conference sessions will each be around 30 minutes long which allows you to attend different sessions depending on your class and/or work schedule. We can’t wait to see you, albeit virtually!

Confe​​​rence Agenda

Time Session
10:00 a.m. Welcome​​​​
Tina Akinyi (GEAR UP Coordinator, DMACC)​
10:05 a.m. Keynote 
Harvie Herrington (Motivational Speaker and Published Author)
10:30 a.m. Creative Interlude
10:35 a.m. Wellness and Self-Care
Karmon Long (GEAR UP Iow​a Project Director)
11:00 a.m. Creative Interlude
11:05 a.m. Social Media as a Career Tool
Sara Clayton (Career Center Coordinator, DMACC)​
11:30 a.m. BREAK
11:35 a.m. ​​Student Panel​
4-Year college and university students: UNI, U of I, ISU, and Simpson
11:55 a.m Creative Interlude​​
12:00 p.m. Transfer Successfully​
Tim Hauber (Assistant Director for Transfer Recruitment, ISU)​​
​​12:45 p.m.

“What Next?”
 Shelli Allen (Vice President of Enrollment Services and Student Success, DMACC)​

​1:00 p.m.

​Leadership Intensive
Harvie Herrington​

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Creative Interlude ​Submissions​

We would like to highlight stude​​nt creativity during the conference. This can be in the form of videography, photography, poem, spoken word, painting, drawing, string art, music etc. that allows you to express yourself, an idea or an experience. Please submit your art work to​before April 19th for the chance to inspire others and win some cool prizes.


Please contact Tina Akinyi at ​(515) 639-7829 or