Learn to Involve, Lead to Inspire, Live to Impact

December 15th
Rutgers University, Busch Campus

Keynote Address, RED Talks, Contested Issues of Higher Education, and Educational Sessions

December 16th
Rutgers University, Livingston Campus

Post-Conference Institute: A Half-day, Advanced Educational Experience

Registration Is Now Open

The conference offers attendees to attend on either December 15th, or December 16th or both days. The cost covers both days.

Rutgers Professional Staff: $40
Non-Rutgers Professional Staff: $100
All Graduate Students: $25

Registration Closes Wednesday, December 7th.

Keynote Speaker


#ESAC16 is proud to announce our keynote speaker, Vernon A. Wall

Vernon has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill.He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing.

Vernon is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country.

Red Talk Speakers


We are also proud to announce our RED Talks speakers for #ESAC16. RED Talks are captivating presentations in the style of TED Talks and allow our speakers to share their Student Affairs journeys. Our RED Talks will occur on Day 1 of the conference, Thursday, December 15. You do not want to miss this lineup of dynamic and engaging personalities, each with a unique perspective and story.

Matthew Chung

Matthew Chung

Deondre Smalls

Deondre Smalls

Alyea Pierce

Alyea Pierce

Sgt Jennifer Hammill

Lieutenant Jennifer Hammill

Marvin A Carter

Martin A. Carter


#ESAC2016 will host various events throughout the two days. They break down into the following categories:


Genius Bars

Genius Bars are 15 minute presentations that focus on a specific topic, technology, featured program, or skill. These presentations are intended to make a larger impact in a short amount of time.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are 60-minute presentations of panel discussions, lectures or workshop that focuses on the 10 professional competency areas that are essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of all student affairs educators, regardless of functional area or specialization within the field.


#HIGHEREDLIVE: Contested Issues in Student Affairs

Join Student Affairs Live co-hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they moderate four fast-paced, eight-minute, one-on-one debates between top thought leaders in student affairs. The session will explore controversial and timely topics in Higher Education and will include feedback from the live audience and Twitter.


Post-Conference Institute

The Excellence in Student Affairs Post-Conference Institutes are intended to create extended learning opportunities. It is our goal to engage conference attendees in a more advanced teaching, dialogue around trends and pressing topics in our field, as well as share best practices.


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