CASBBI NRT Annual Retreat

May 23, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Horizon Hall, Room 1014
4475 Aquia Creek Lane

Please join CASBBI for a celebration of our NRT trainees and community partners as the first year of the CASBBI NRT program draws to a close. This event is open to the community. Learn more about the NRT Training Program here and more about the NRT team projects here.

Please click here to RSVP to this event. If you are attending virtually, once you are registered, a Zoom link will be sent to you.

Retreat Agenda

    • 1:00-1:05     Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    • 1:05-1:10     NRT Program Overview
    • 1:10-2:10 Team Presentation Session 1 
    • 1:10-1:25     Team Presentation: Connecting Opioid Network Needs with Expert Clinical Teams (CONNECT)
    • 1:25-1:40     Moderated panel discussion with community partners and stakeholders
    • 1:40-1:55     Team Presentation: Exploration of mental health resource utilization by Mason students
    • 1:55-2:10     Moderated panel discussion with community partners and stakeholders
    • 2:10-2:30 Break
    • 2:30-3:30 Team Presentation Session 2 
    • 2:30-2:45     Team Presentation: Guided pathways for individuals with mobility impairments
    • 2:45-3:00     Moderated panel discussion with community partners and stakeholders
    • 3:00-3:15     Team Presentation: Connecting incarcerated individuals with reentry resources
    • 3:15-3:30     Moderated panel discussion with community partners and stakeholders
    • 3:30-3:40     Trainee Keynote Address
    • 3:40-3:45     Closing remarks
    • 3:45-5:00 Reception

Team Presentations

The trainees will present on their community-engaged design projects:

  • Coordinating Opioid Network Needs with Expert Clinical Teams (CONNECT).
    • Presented by: Rebecca Leung (Social Work), Jonathan Mbuya (Computer Science), Dylan Scarton (Neuroscience)
    • Faculty Mentor: Holly Matto (Social Work)
    • Peer Mentor: Rebecca Bates (Nursing)
    • Community Partner: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board
  • Exploration of Mental Health Resource Utilization by Mason Students.
    • Presented by: Anika Islam (Information Science and Technology), Bria Bryant (Environmental Science and Policy), Kelsey Mauro (Clinical Psychology) and Faisal Shaikh (Computational and Data Sciences)
    • Faculty Mentor: Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (Mathematics)
    • Peer Mentor: Jillian Nelson (Clinical Psychology)
    • Community Partner: Lesley Abashian (City of Fairfax)
  • Guided Pathways for Individuals with Mobility Impairments.
    • Presented by: Bikram Adhikari (Computer Science), Eslam Hassan (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience), Brandon Lancaster (Bioengineering) and Nicholas Minster (Computational Biology)
    • Faculty Mentor: James Thompson (Psychology)
    • Peer Mentor: Shriniwas Patwardhan (Bioengineering)
    • Community Partner: Office of Disability Services
  • Connecting Incarcerated Individuals to Reentry Resources.
    • Presented by: Ajay Krishnavajjala (Computer Science), Catherine Feldkamp (Social Work) and Ridwan Talukder (Computer Science).
    • Faculty Mentor: Nathalia Peixoto (Electrical Engineering)
    • Peer Mentor: Alyssa Izquierdo (Clinical Psychology)
    • Community Partner: District of Columbia Department of Corrections

Each team will present for 15 minutes.

Moderated panel discussion with community partners and stakeholders

Our network of community partners is essential to the success of the NRT program. At the end of each presentation, we will invite the community partners and other stakeholders to discuss their perspective on the project, including next steps. In these sessions, we’re bringing our partners together to share ideas and connect with one another and the training program. We’ll be discussing opportunities for students to work with community partners to solve challenges important to the community and best practices for successful community-engaged projects for the next cohorts.

How to Join 

This event will be held in a hybrid format in Horizon Hall as well as virtually on Zoom. More details coming soon. Please contact Siddhartha Sikdar

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