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Speaker 5/27/21
“High Impact Practices and Co-curricular Partnerships for Student Success”

May 27 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Introduction to Il Cenacolo’s May 2021 Speaker Series
by Monthly Chair, Don Zingale

Significant socio-cultural issues, complicated by political and economic pressure and a world-wide pandemic, defy simple solutions.  At first glance, our May 2021 speaker list appears to be an eclectic mix of interesting experts specializing in very different arenas. But a closer examination will find a broad cross section of San Francisco Bay Area professionals with a common thread of purpose aimed at examining how best to navigate these unusual times.

Over this month, we will examine subjects as diverse as innovations for student success at one of the Bay Area’s small universities, social and criminal justice locally and nationally, seagoing humanitarian efforts on a global scale and a Native Son’s current look at our “City by the Bay.” What I trust we will come away with is a deeper understanding of how contemporary problem-solving is far more complex than “yea or nay.” And yet, we can still make a difference.


May 27, 2021
Mark Jaime

Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Advancement
Dominican University of California
“High Impact Practices and Co-curricular Partnerships for Student Success”


College campuses are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and as a result the landscape of higher education is rapidly changing. These changes require a new approach to serve college students from many backgrounds, especially historically underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.

In response to these changes, the Dominican Experience is designed for the twenty-first century student––the thinker, the doer, the artist, the activist, the trailblazer, the entrepreneur–-from every walk of life. This highly personalized teaching, thoughtful mentoring, and meaningful interactions with the community are at the heart of every student’s Dominican experience.

Dominican’s deep commitment to student opportunity and success received recognition in 2020 by the American Council on Education as the nation’s most transformative four-year university.

Mark Jaime holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling. He has been in Higher Education since 1984. Spending the beginning of his career in Student Life. Having served in a number of positions over 20 years at Saint Mary’s College. He served as the Director of Housing and Student Activities at Dominican in 1986 and 1987. Mark rejoined Dominican in the fall of 2004 as the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. He took on community outreach work for several years working with the MESA program and then establishing a tutoring partnership collaborative with local schools and nonprofits who focus on access and equity, the Intergenerational Conversation, and Marin Math Circle. Mark returned full-time to Alumni Relations and Advancement in the fall of 2014. In 2019 He joined the Integrative Coaching team in support of students. Integrative coaches teach courses that support student success, helping them adapt to college and prepare for their future. In addition to assisting with the transition into college, he helps with building community and networks.


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