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Reflect  |  Reimagine  |  Reach

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About the Conference

December 5, 2018



December 6, 2018


Join us for the Rutgers Excellence in Student Affairs conference to Reflect, Reimagine, and Reach.

We will be honoring the amazing practices that our Student Affairs staff and faculty have
implemented in improving the overall experience of our students.

We recognize that our capacity to do more and create more evolves each year,
and this year’s conference seeks to capitalize on our imaginations,
and our innovations that energizes and mobilizes our students staff and faculty.

Share your experience using #RESAC18 on Twitter and Instagram.



8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote
10:20 a.m RED Talk Speaker #1
10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Education Sessions #1
11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Senior Professional Coaching
11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Hot Topics Panel & Community Outreach Project
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:50 p.m. RED Talk Speaker #2
2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Education Sessions #2
3:20 p.m. RED Talk Speaker #3
3:35 p.m. Closing Remarks and Thank You
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closing Social


Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Livingston Student Center
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway NJ 08854

If you are a visitor who needs to park (and do not have a Rutgers permit), we have reserved lots 105, 112, Green & Yellow near the Livingston Student Center (LSC), for the event. Guests must use the below link to register for the event.  Until this process is completed your vehicle/vehicles are not registered and you may receive a citation. Register at:

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Create connections, reconnect with colleagues, spark inspirations, and reflect on experiences.
Whether a professional or graduate, we invite you to join us for this year’s conference.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions
about physical access for this event, please contact




(RU Employees)


(Non-RU Employees)

Keynote Speaker

Doctora Aurora Chang

Doctora Aurora Chang

Once an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and raised in Richmond, California in a family of eight, Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang has been an activist-scholar-educator for the past twenty years, having begun her career as a public high school English/ESL teacher, then branching out into student affairs and academic affairs work in various roles including: Director of Academic Outreach Programs for UC Berkeley, Educational Manager for the College Board, Project Director of Diversity and Community Engagement Programs at The University of Texas at Austin, Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Beloit College, and as an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Wyoming . She is now the Director of the Higher Education Program and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University’s School of Education, where she teaches coursework about social justice, curriculum, critical social theories, undocumented students and Chicana Feminist Epistemology.  She is also the President of Dra. Aurora Chang Consulting, where she has provided editing, consulting, and coaching services to academic clients for the past 10 years. Dra. Aurora Chang is the author of The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students: The Burden of Hyperdocumentation.

Bryan Terrell Clark

Bryan Terrell Clark shares life-changing lessons from his career on Broadway and work in arts education and philanthropy to empower young people to leave their mark on the world.
Bryan is a rising actor and singer-songwriter, known for his starring role as George Washington in “Hamilton: An American Musical” on Broadway. He has also starred in the iconic role of Marvin Gaye in “Motown: The Musical,” as well as in Broadway’s acclaimed “Fences.” His numerous TV credits include Fox’s “Empire.”

Musically, he has written for such artists as Jussie Smollett and Mary J. Blige, and he has performed with Brandy, Patti LaBelle, Ciara, and Michael Bublé. He is now in the studio recording his solo album. In 2017, he co-founded the philanthropic lifestyle brand inDEFINED, created to inspire and teach youth through the arts.

In keeping with the theme of his life’s work, Bryan has made it his mission to help as many young people as possible find their unique purpose in life. He connects his experiences on Broadway and the entertainment industry to relatable, real-life issues, like tackling insecurity and finding motivation, while inspiring audiences to use their past to fuel their future and discover the best version of themselves.

Jeremiah Josey

Pastry chef and published author of “Here’s What I Want You to Know”, Jeremiah Josey has accomplished great things at only eighteen years old. Undefeated by autism and being an advocate of the mental condition, he has cooked alongside a wide range of successful, talented chefs, such as Chef Kwame Onwuachi, who has appeared on Top Chef of Bravo TV, Franklyn Becker, Bravo Master’s and Paul Denamiel, owner and executive chef of Le Rivage. Based in Maryland, Jeremiah resides with his mother and older sister. He is on a mission to conquer one culinary kitchen at a time!

Jim Keady

Jim Keady, theologian, activist, educator, and elected official, is the founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc. Jim has spoken across the United States and at international venues to thousands of interested audience members. He has been sought out by members of the U.S. Congress, as well various university administrators, religious and union leaders and student groups to offer his personal and professional experience and critiques on the issues of sweatshops, globalization and social justice.

Jim holds a masters degree with distinction in theology from St. John’s University (NYC) where he concentrated his studies in social ethics and pastoral theology. Along with studying theology, Jim also coached with St. John’s Men’s Soccer team, at the time, the NCAA Division One National Champions. He was eventually forced to resign from his job because he refused to wear and promote Nike’s products as part of the school’s $3.5 million dollar endorsement deal with the sportswear giant.

Prior to his work with EFJ, Jim taught high school religion for five years at schools in New York and New Jersey. He also played and coached soccer at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. Along with his graduate degree from St. John’s, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University. He has spent time traveling the globe and doing volunteer work in Asia and Europe with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

In 2001, the Mario Savio Foundation (CA) recognized and honored Jim’s work for justice, naming him the “Young Activist of the Year.” Jim is currently producing a feature length independent documentary film and writing a book, both titled, SWEAT, which will detail his decade-long work of advocacy on behalf of Nike’s overseas workers.

Jim has also been involved in electoral politics and from 2005–2008 served as a Councilman in the City of Asbury Park, NJ.

Jim currently lives at the beach in NJ with his daughter, Reese. When not doing his social justice work, he enjoys being a Dad, coaching and playing soccer, bodysurfing, playing basketball, reading, and bike rides on the boardwalk.

A look at our 2017 Event Speakers

Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan.

Robert Kearney

Although 25-year-old Rob Kearney is one of the smaller athletes competing in this year’s World’s Strongest Man this year the Massachusetts native feels he’s the dark-horse of the competition and is looking forward to turning some heads. Kearny used strongman training to challenge his strength and energy once he realised a career in American Football was out of his reach. “I’ve always loved strength sports and every child dreams of being a professional athlete,” Kearney says.

Why the Rutgers Excellence in
Student Affairs Regional Conference?

#1 — Networking:
Conferences bring together people from all different areas who share a common discipline or field, and they are a great way to meet new people in your field. Collaboration is the way to approach networking.

#2 — Expand Knowledge:
No matter the level of experience, everyone can learn a new idea. There are tremendous and very real benefits to leaving your office, attending a this regional conference and expanding your knowledge on topics related to your field.
#3 — Gain Inspiration:
Uncover ideas and spark inspiration from listening to RED Talks, speakers, and educational sessions while being in the company of other higher educational professionals.
#4 — Trends and Issues:
Learn industry trends and how they’re implemented, how other professionals are utilizing trends or dealing with trends and issues to stay relevant.
#5 — Fun and Exciting: 
People who include fun in their lives tend to be happier, healthier, and less stressed. We can better serve our students when we take the time for our own well-being, to be fully immersed in the conference experience, open our minds, and have fun.

RED Talks

RED Talks are succinct presentations in the style of TED Talks, and should speak about one’s story and impact on their personal and professional journey. The purpose of RED Talks is to showcase individuals whose experiences and personal/professional stories speak to the theme of the conference, Reflect, Reimagine, and Reach.  We hope that our presenters’ stories are direct, accessible, and engaging for our audience of Student Affairs professional staff, faculty, and students. Eligible nominees would be undergraduate students, graduate students, or professionals whose journeys have taken them through Student Affairs and can serve as inspiration and motivation to our audience.

Past RED Talks

Jazmine DeWees

Tiana Marie Ford

Benjamin Worobey

Facts about Rutgers



Students from all 50 states and 115 countries.



More than 14,500 full-time and part-time staff.



More than 500,000 alumni live in all 50 states.



Nearly 300 research centers and institutes.

Student Centers

Student Centers

6 Student Centers – Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Student Organization

Student Organization

500-plus student organizations.

Fraternities & Sororities

Fraternities & Sororities

80-plus fraternities and sororities.

Big Ten®

Big Ten®

Member of the Big Ten® Athletic Conference.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Student Affairs professionals from institutions throughout the region will join us on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus in December.
The 2017 conference had almost 300 attendees.
If you are interested in connecting with higher education professionals from Rutgers and other colleges and universities in tristate and beyond,
consider sponsoring the 2018 Excellence in Student Affairs Regional Conference.
We offer unique opportunities to engage with this captive audience representing a variety of campus units including
Dining Services, Residence Life, Recreation and Fitness, Student Centers, and Student Involvement just to name a few.
Questions on sponsorship? Please email