Summer Conference 2018

Success Through Community

Join us at Salishan again this year for our annual Summer Conference!

Each of us is affiliated, in some way, with a community college. This year, we explore what we mean by “Community” and how we can use communities to help us learn, grow, and succeed beyond what we could do as individuals.  We will look at the characteristics of communities, how to build a team to meet a common goal, and look at the AAWCC Mentorship program.

8am-4pm, Thursday, July 19, 2018
Salishan Resort

Wednesday Reception at 7pm

Join us for a casual evening reception on Wednesday, July 18. We will be on the Council House Patio from 7-8:30pm. Reconnect with friends from previous conferences, enjoy snacks and a drink on us (one drink ticket per attendee, along with a cash bar).

We have a special treat: Senitilia McKinley (our first keynote speaker) will play for us on her ukulele! 

Schedule: Thursday, July 19



Council House Patio



Lincoln/Pine Room


Welcome & announcements

Council House


Community: What does it mean? How do you find it?

Council House | Senitila McKinley

Senitila McKinley

Senitila McKinley
Seashore Family Literacy

Senitila will share her perception and experience with various communities, both in Tonga and Waldport, Oregon. She will describe her experience of moving to the United States and the challenges of language, cultural, and governmental differences. Using what she learned from navigating these differences, she will share how she recognized needs within her community and what she did to get the support and resources she needed, from Waldport, OR all the way to Washington D.C.

About Senitila
Senitila is a native of Tonga and always felt destined to help others. At 22, she met and married David McKinley and moved to Waldport, OR.  She didn’t even know English but she returned to school and earned her GED.  In 1989, she founded Seashore Family Literacy and began teaching people to read, working out of whatever space she could beg or borrow, from the church office to a bank lunchroom.  In 2005, she negotiated with the Lincoln County School District to lease the former Waldport middle school. Today, in addition to the literacy program and Saturday breakfasts, nonprofit Seashore provides healthy after-school snacks five days a week to some 70 children, operates a free bicycle program, offers clothing and household goods to anyone who needs them, and gives teens on-the-job skills and a paycheck through Project JOY (Job Opportunities for Youth).



Check out from hotel, if needed.


Team Building

Council House| Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson
Clackamas Community College

Have you ever been part of a team that works as a cohesive, highly supportive unit to achieve a common goal? It is a pretty amazing experience. Even when a project is tough, a true team identifies and utilizes the strengths of each member to develop creative solutions in a collaborate partnership.Interested in finding out more? In our time together, we will discover what a dynamic team looks like, discuss what barriers get in the way of developing cohesive teams, and explore strategies to improve your work team.

About Lisa

Dr. Lisa Davidson is the Executive Director of Connections with Business and Industry at Clackamas Community College.  In addition, Dr. Davidson has been teaching graduate and undergraduate communications and business courses at Marylhurst and Concordia Universities since 1994.  She has taught a range of courses including Dynamic Team Building, Listening Skills, Organizational Communications, Small Group Communications, and Training Design.

Dr. Davidson has a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing, a Master’s of Science in Speech and Communications, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

In her free time she loves to camp, hike, sing, and travel.



Lincoln/Pine Room


Mentorship Panel

Council House | AAWCC Oregon Statewide Mentorship Program

Mentees and mentors will share their experiences and discuss the impact that the mentorship program has had on their professional and personal development. Participants, paired with AAWCC members from another community college, will be just completing the 6-month pilot program. It will be interesting to hear how the mentorship has shaped their views, self-awareness, knowledge of community college work, and career paths. Members from the mentoring committee will also be on the panel to discuss the program and the next application process.

More about the mentorship program


Let’s talk

Council House

Campus updates


Door Prizes and Closing

Council House