Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM CDT
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LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Bldg
Louisiana State University

1002-Q Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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Dana Hunter, PhD, LMSW 
LSU School of Social Work 



Angelique Day, PhD, MSW

Angelique Day is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Her dissertation entitled, “An Examination of Post-Secondary Educational Access, Retention, and Success of Foster Care Youth,” was awarded the prestigious dissertation award in August 2011 by the Section on Child Maltreatment from the American Psychological Association, and the findings were recently published in the top ranked Children and Youth Services Review journal.

Prior to her appointment at WSU, Day worked as the founder and coordinator of Michigan State University’s Foster Youth Alumni Services Program, a college access and retention program for students who have aged out of foster care and are interested in obtaining a post-secondary credential. Day was also formerly employed with Michigan’s Children, a statewide, private, non-profit children’s advocacy organization, where she provided leadership in developing the agency’s child welfare policy agenda. 

Day’s professional experience in research, policy development, child welfare practice, and her personal experiences as a former ward of the court, make her uniquely qualified to continue to provide leadership in training, research, and consultation in the field of child welfare.



                       Mr. Chris Harris
Harris was hired as the new Seita Scholars program director after a nationwide search and brings a significant record of achievement to the position.

His distinguished corporate career includes work with Vanguard, Pfizer and Stryker Medical. At Stryker, Harris most recently has served as a senior project manager, overseeing teams of more than 125 people around the world and managing a budget of more than $25 million.Harris' personal background includes experiences that deliver credibility in his work with foster youth.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Harris has only seen his biological father once since the age of six and his mother struggled to protect him as a child. As a result, Harris indicates that he was sexually abused by a number of individuals during his formative years.At age 16, Harris entered a state-run independent living program and used the opportunity to forge his own path. In high school, he played varsity soccer, served in student government and was actively involved in the local Boys Club. Harris was offered several college scholarships and graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from East Carolina University.

After graduation Harris began a highly successful nine-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, including two years in the Air Force Academy. During that time, he earned a master's degree in human resource development from Webster (Mo.) University. During his final two years in the Air Force, Harris was responsible for ensuring that a 60-person admissions office and a 2,000-plus liaison-officer force were fully informed on officer admission and scholarship standards.

Harris has been actively involved in the WMU foster youth program since its beginning, serving as a career mentor. He is also a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo and has served as a volunteer for a foster-youth support program at Michigan State University.Harris has raised two children from foster care who are now adults (ages 33 and 30) and is currently raising two boys, ages three and nine, who are products of the foster care system. In raising children, Harris says he stresses the importance of self-reliance and capitalizing on available opportunities. His approach with WMU students will be similar.


Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care:
Eliminating Barriers to College Success 
Seventh Annual Family Impact Seminar 

Sponsored by the LSU School of Social Work
with the LSU Office of Diversity

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

oors Open at 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast Provided 


Please plan now to attend the seventh Louisiana Family Impact Seminar sponsored by the LSU School of Social Work with the LSU Office of Diversity.

The seminar will be held the morning of Wednesday, May 6th on the LSU Campus at the Energy, Coast and Environment Building. There is no fee charged for breakfast or to attend the seminar. Space is limited, however, so please respond immediately to reserve your spot.

Featuring national experts in the field of assisting
former foster youth to achieve their education goals:

Angelique Day, MSW, PhD – Wayne State University

Mr. Chris Harris – Seita Scholars Program,
Western Michigan University

Panel of Former Foster Youth: Real Life Success Stories

Panel of Higher Ed Administrators: What Can We Do at the University Level To Support Students Who
Have Aged Out of Foster Care?


This seminar will provide non-partisan education on the barriers to college success including homelessness and housing instability among youth who age out of foster care. Fewer than 5% of youths who age out of foster care enroll in college.  Of those who do enroll, only 10% actually obtain a college degree. This seminar will discuss the barriers that these youths face in their postsecondary education and solutions to eradicate these barriers.

Program Objectives:  

1. Understand the unique needs of college students who have had a history of foster care

2. Educate the audience on existing services and funding for students in postsecondary educational programs who aged out of foster care

3. Brainstorm and develop a model of services that can be implemented at various institutions to bolster college and postsecondary success among students who have aged out of foster care


Family Impact Seminars

The Louisiana Family Impact Seminar is made possible by the generous financial support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Child Welfare Title IV-E program.

The Seminar network of 29 states, based at the Policy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has partnered with researchers and policymakers for the benefit of children and families for over 30 years. 

The overarching goals of the seminars are to provide legislators with unbiased research and information in a nonpartisan setting, encouraging the use of evidence-based solutions in policymaking.