9:15am–10:15am Keynote Speaker - Vernon A. Wall
Vernon A. Wall 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 currently lives in Washington, DC where he serves as the Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. Prior to this position, Vernon served as the Senior Director for Professional Development, Research & Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA – College Student Educators International) and as Assistant Dean of Students at Iowa State University.
In spring of 1998, Vernon sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon is a consummate scholar-practitioner. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the quality of student life including being selected as an ACPA Diamond Honoree in 2000 and a NASPA Pillar of the Profession in 2015.
10:15am–11:15am Breakout/Ed Session I
Reminder: Pick Up Your Graduate Students from the Dry Cleaners Before Graduation
Room: Center Hall
Presenter: Mark S. Schuster
Co-Presenters: Danya Weintraub, Ph.D., Karima Woodyard, Courtland James, Mukul Acharya, Kevin Ewell
Are we doing our best to provide robust and contemporary services for our graduate students? Or, do we simply drop them off at their departments, like dry cleaning, and pick them up at graduation? Rutgers University Student Affairs is being more intentional by creating a new Graduate Student Life Office for our 9,000 graduate students. This session encourages an innovative national discussion to examine graduate student needs in new ways to better serve them. Independent inquiry does not have to mean disconnection. This session will explore mechanisms for student affairs to use interdisciplinary collaborations with students, faculty, campus partners and deans across campuses and departments to help graduate students thrive as scholars and global citizens.
There will be an interactive discussion between participants to discuss what is happening on their campuses and a discussion of action steps needed on each campus to be more intentional and supportive of the graduate student experience.
Summer Internships in Student Affairs
Presenter: Dr. Steve Tolman
Co-Presenter: Domenica Ahmuty
Within Student Affairs, several organizations offer summer internship programs to professionally develop students and further prepare them for careers in Student Affairs. These internships offer students insight into Student Affairs as a profession and encourages them to further explore areas within the field. This presentation will discuss the different types of internships, the application process, and offer interview tips. NODA and ACUHO-I summer internships will be discussed and attendees will hear from a former ACUHO-I Intern Supervisor.
How Faith Communities Involve, Inspire, and Impact the College Community
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Kerri Wilson
Spirituality is not often seen as scientific or academic in institutions of higher education, however, research supports the importance of spiritual development as an essential element in the lives of students, staff and faculty (Astin, Astin and Lindholm). This workshop will discuss strategies utilized to create a thriving interfaith community and how attending to spiritual development lends to the creation of a community that is more caring, more globally aware, and more socially just than previous generations. These strategies enable students, staff and faculty to respond to stresses and tensions in a rapidly changing world.
Changing Culture Through Advising
Presenter: Clifton E. Shambry, Jr.
Co-Presenters: Travis H. Olson, Liz Pence, Tara Fuller, Justin Beauchamp
Panelists will discuss how they have used two frameworks (Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle and Jim Collins hedgehog and pockets of greatness principles) to guide their practices in advising and creating programs for cultural change at Johns Hopkins University.
Early Colleges: Their Past, Present, and Future in Student Affairs
Presenter: Stephanie Cwynar
A growing trend in the education world, Early College & Career schools challenge and redefine traditional school structures by providing seamless pathways for students to attain a high school diploma, an Associates degree, and career-specific workplace training and credentials upon graduation. Early College & Career high schools recognize that the students who are the least likely to achieve a post-secondary degree are most in need of early and engaging experiences with college, and that the opportunity to do challenging academic work, while saving time and money, can be a powerful motivator for students. During this session, which is focused on New York City early colleges affiliated with the City University of New York, participants will (1) Understand the history of Early Colleges and why they were founded; (2) Explore the best practices of early colleges and the partnerships involved in making these schools successful; and (3) Deepen understanding of how this growing school model will impact future student affairs practice.
Discovering Your Doctoral Swagger – Preparing for Career Advancement
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Jean
The Seminar is designed for current and prospective Graduate/Doctoral candidates and provides motivation/resources to support the timely completion of advanced degrees. Topics include: Demystifying the Dissertation Defense, Avoiding Writer’s Block, Improving Communication w/ Your Committee, From The Projects to the PhD, the ABD Chronicles, Post-Docs, Graduation and Beyond and much more! Each participant leaves with a “Graduate/Doctoral Swagger Score, a time-referenced goal, and a wealth of resources essential for graduate success and career advancement. The session concludes with Memoirs of a Child Almost Left Behind, as the presenter shares intimate details of the retention encounters that helped overcome poverty, loss, and a 1.9GPA to reach the doctoral salute.
Excellence: High Impact Practices that Shape Student Success
Presenter: Dan Morrison
As higher education, legislatures and families across the U.S. become more concerned with retention and graduation, as well as with students ability to get and hold professional position after colleges, understanding what practices directly contribute to student success is crucial for all educators. This comprehensive enterprise cuts across all types of campuses, employees and concerns. Higher Education scholar George Kuh discussed 10 high impact educational practices that positively contribute to student engagement, learning and retention. What is more exciting, assessment has shown that these practices are beneficial for students from every background and can address our most pressing challenge-helping today’s diverse college population reap the rewards of attendance. Come learn about these 10 high impact practices and how we, as student affairs educators, can implement them on our campuses.
Presenter: Pia Colon
Co-Presenter: Modinat Sanni
Poetic (In)Justice is an interactive workshop geared toward equipping staff with non-traditional tools to facilitate difficult conversation and discussion around social justice issues. Our workshop will specifically focus on the utilization of music to explain existing social challenges and societal change. During this workshop participants will learn about the role popular music plays in bringing awareness to social justice issues. Through the analysis of song we intend to deconstruct the lyrics, chronologize national events, and examine how messaging is affected by tone and delivery. This workshop will provide historical context, a catalog of artists, and a facilitation guide to help assist administrators in leading engaging discussions with students.
Theory to Practice: Using Student Development to Enhance Student Supervision and Support
Presenter: Christopher Trautmen
This session will explore how fundamental student development theories can be utilized to challenge a professional’s own biases and provide a grounded framework for supervising, coaching, and generally supporting students. Theories explored include Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Bronfebnrenner’s Ecological Systems model, and Sanford’s challenge and support model.
How to Start a Positivity Revolution at Your Institution
Presenter: Sinclair Preston Ceasar III
Things are going well at your institution, then all of the sudden, something happens. Maybe the office gets busier, budgets are cut, or there are changes in leadership. You begin to notice the collective sense of belonging has diminished, colleagues aren’t feeling connected to each other, students aren’t treating each other with civility, and you’re not as happy as you used to be. This presentation will provide participants with simple, practical, and exciting ideas to boost morale, increase engagement and retention, and genuinely infuse positivity at their respective institutions. They’ll learn about free social media and graphic design tools to take their current and future initiatives to the next level. Lastly, each participant will begin working on their plan of action during the session, so they can take it back to their institution and start a positivity revolution.
11:15am–12:15pm #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.
1:30pm–2:30pm RED Talks
2:30pm–3:30pm Breakout/Ed Session II and Genius Labs
Telling Your Truth; Building Sustainable Relationships Through Leadership, Advising, and Communications
Room: Center Hall
Presenter: Dr. Felicia McGinty
Co-Presenters: Rebecca Reynolds & Keisha Dabrowski
This panel will explore the way in which personal storytelling can be utilized to strengthen connections with university stakeholders. Dr. Felicia McGinty (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs), Dean Rebecca Reynolds (Assistant Dean & Director of Mentoring and Advising), and Keisha Dabrowski (Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs), will share how they have leveraged their emotional intelligence gained from their personal histories; first-generation student, LGBTQ community member, illegal immigrant, and more, to own their stories and build meaningful connections.
Courage Under Fire: Navigating the Arena
Presenter: Richard Okello
Co-Presenter: Louis Ward
A new wave of student activism has created a renewed sense of urgency to create inclusive campus communities. To meet the demands of the moment, Concerned #SAPros must be ready to demonstrate courage under fire. The role that student affairs professionals should play on campus is one of complexity and will be a focal point of this presentation.The presenters will address the need for Concerned #SAPros to lead with integrity while serving in positions of influence.Participants should expect to be engaged through the usage of introspective and reflective activities as well as visual images.
From Google to Snapchat: Using Technology to Supervise & Engage
Presenter: Misty Denham-Barrett
This session will present on ways to use various technology platforms to help you be more organized. We will talk about how to use technology to supervise and advise as well as trending ways to engage your students using social media sites.
The Major Keys of Including Pop Culture into Leadership and Education
Presenter: Lenny A. Williams
Are you familiar with the new Drake and Luke Graham songs? Are you watching the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and Luke Cage? Who do you follow on Snapchat? Advisors and Student Affairs Professionals can make a larger impact by having the answers to questions like these. A key component to advisement is being able to relate to your students. Within this session student affairs professionals will learn about ways to use pop culture to keep up with what students find relevant and how to integrate that with their professional responsibilities. Professionals will also have a roundtable discussion on techniques they’ve used in the past to address generational gaps.
Crossing Oceans: Bridging Cultural Barriers to Successfully Support International Students Who Violate Academic Integrity Codes
Presenter: Kevin Pitt
Co-Presenters: Melissa Backus & Janice Strickland
With the rapid influx of international students who have vastly divergent understandings of what defines academic integrity, the already multi-layered task of adjudicating these incidents has become more challenging. How do we bridge this cultural gap and support these students while maintaining accountability? Facilitators will present creative strategies for crossing academic cultural boundaries and effectively adjudicating academic integrity cases that involve international students.
Language Matters: A Mixed Media Approach to Combating Microaggressions
Presenter: Zaneta Rago-Craft
Microaggressions. Many people are unfamiliar with the term, but most are aware of what it feels like to be on the receiving end. This is especially true for today’s students. This session will examine the root causes of microaggression, digital and interactive methods to combat them on your campus, and how to move community forward towards more authentic inclusion.
Finding Their Potential: Helping First-Generation College Students Become Leaders in the College Community
Presenter: Rebecca Kates
Co-Presenter: Jacqui Rogers
First-generation college students often face distinct challenges when entering higher education. However, they also have skill sets that make them unique from non-first generation college students. In this session, we will focus on the assets of FGCS and how to help them grow and prosper in higher education as they navigate their unique leadership development progress.
Trauma Treatment for College Students: The Impact of Cognitive Processing Therapy
Presenters: Annmarie Wacha-Montes & Charity Wilkinson
Prevention and intervention to end sexual assault and violence on campus have been Rutgers Student Affairs goal over the past two years. Research from the Campus Climate Study indicates that 1 in 5 of college women have been sexually assaulted (Berzofsky, 2016) and that the prevalence rate of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in survivors of sexual assault is 31% over the course of their lifetime (Kilpatrick, 2000). Students may also experience other traumas such as childhood abuse, interpersonal violence, and combat. Unlike other colleges counseling centers, Rutgers CAPS provides Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The goal is to help students recover by understanding and conceptualizing the trauma in an adaptive way while feeling their related, natural emotions. The workshop will offer psycheducation about PTSD and CPT as well as its effectiveness and common stuck points seen by our diverse students.
WHY We Do It: Understanding Culturally-Based Greek Customs & Traditions
Presenter: Donald Moore
Co-Presenter: Stephanie Wright
For many undergraduates, customs, such as locking up, marching, stepping and strolling are commonplace. While these acts are deemed as things we do, how many actually know why we do them? The purpose of this program is to introduce students to some of the history and meanings behind many of the customs that have been adopted by culturally-based Greek organizations. It will also serve as an opportunity to discuss the issues of cultural appropriation and complacency in relation to other areas of Greek Life.
Genius Bar: Redefining Leadership through Baseball
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Stephen Hopson
This TED Talk style presentation challenges the audience to rethink leadership and what it means to be successful using baseball as a metaphor. Baseball players are often praised for succeeding about 1/3rd of their career, so why aren’t everyday people?
Genius Bar: Title IX Administration: Partnering with Student Activities to Improve Prevention and Education
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Emily M. Ralph
Co-Presenter: Keiran Wilson
Drew University administration together with student activists will present information regarding the success of collaborations. Examples of committee work, co-sponsored events, peer education, awareness activities, and suggestions for improving communication between student life staff and administration will be discussed.
3:30pm–4:30pm Breakout/Ed Session III and Genius Labs
Understanding the Role of Cultural Centers and its’ Intersectional Impact at Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Room: Center Hall
Presenter: David Jones
Co-Presenters: Carlos Fernandez, Zaneta Rago-Craft, Ji Lee, Jannah Handy
Rutgers University-New Brunswick recently established the Cultural Center Collaborative, a partnership between the four Cultural Centers – Center for Social Justice & LGBT Communities, Asian American Cultural Center, Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Center for Latino Arts & Culture – in an effort to acknowledge identity intersectionality among our student community and partner with one another to develop programs and initiatives that are representative of our student community. This panel will introduce this collaborative partnership to attendees and provide the platform for Cultural Center Directors to share best practices, initiatives and effective strategies that are implemented to ensure this partnership is a meaningful collaboration at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The panelists will create this space to better understand the importance of intersectionality and valuing student identity and expression to sustain a sense of belonging for them during the undergraduate academic career.
Navigating work, life, and doctoral degrees
Presenter: Juhi Bhatt
Co-Presenter: Jordan Draper & Thea Zunick
Three dynamic women with very different doctoral paths and backgrounds share their stories and tips for enduring the long journey to becoming doctor. This session will focus on some of the big decisions and issues of the doctoral journey. Presenters for this session will include one woman that have successfully completed her program and two that are currently ABD and discuss elements of doctoral programs such as PhD vs EdD and full time vs part time as professionals with a range of years in the field.
Communicating and Navigating the Five Generations of the University: Multi-generational Workplace
Presenter: Calvin L. Smith Jr.
In most workplaces, having multiple generations in the workplace is common place. Typically, the emerging generation is fresh on the scene, the middle generation that has moved into middle management, and the C-level executives that have been able to navigate their career for 30+ years. Typical workplaces are no different, with Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers currently occupying those spaces, all shaped by the events of their time. The university setting poses some unique challenges. Not only are those three generations coexisting but we must add a forth the Silent (Veterans) generation and to add to the complexity a quickly emerging, post Millennial, fifth generation known as Generation Z. There could quite possible be five generations in the university setting all coexisting under one roof! This program will enable participants to understand those differences and navigate them more effectively in the university setting.
Scholarly Practice in Student Affairs
Presenter: Sattik Deb
A guiding philosophy of student affairs professionals and leaders is finding a union between theory and practice that is led by inquiry and carried out by scholar-practitioners who utilize scholarship of, in, and for practice. This presentation is a reflection on this identity of scholar-practitioner and how we can contribute to the student affairs field. How can we make sense of the concept of scholar-practitioner? How would we define and evaluate a problem of practice?
How the 5 Elements of Hip-Hop Can Make You a Better Student Affairs Professional
Presenter: Jeffrey Dessource
Hip Hop is a worldwide cultural phenomenon. At its origin the five elements of hip hop, (Rap, DJing, Breakdancing, Graffiti art and Knowledge) were defining components that addressed issues of the community. As a professional these elements can help you become a better leader and work more effectively with students. This workshop will present specific skill sets to enhance interpersonal competence and development.
The Supervisor and Supervisee Relationship: #LessonsLearned From A New Professional and His #BossLady
Presenter: Mehtap S. Donuk
Co-Presenter: Colvin Georges, Jr.
New supervisor and supervisee will share their experiences from working together which will help attendees strategize on how to be an outstanding professional. In this session, presenters will be discussing topics such as establishing trust, working through challenges, and accepting critical feedback in order to work towards an unified vision.
Why Students Need Lawyers
Presenter: Dr. Donald C. Heilman
Even a minor legal issue can completely derail student progress. Students with legal issues often face increased financial stress, loss of productivity, loss of scholarships, loss of internships, deportation, and increased mental and emotional stress. A criminal record can severely hamper graduate and professional school plans, teaching licenses, military commissions and other professional licenses. Legal services attorneys refer nearly 20% of their clients to mental health services. The wide range of legal issues facing our students is monumental and extends to other states and other countries. Students often come to college not knowing their legal rights or obligations and have nowhere to turn to learn and obtain this information. Student Legal Services is a place to go to begin this process. This workshop will help Student Affairs professionals learn how attorneys provide invaluable assistance to students dealing with legal issues and support their student development.
Authenticity: Gay is Okay
Presenter: Ryan Nolen
Do you show your true, authentic self every day in the workplace? This workshop will focus on specific ways members of the LGBT community incorporate their lifestyle into their work. As an LGBT staff member, do you disclose your orientation to your student staff? What about to your direct supervisor? If you don’t, what are some barriers that prohibit you from doing so? If a colleague discloses their orientation to you, how should you respond? Join me in a journey to find ways to do our best work by being our best selves.
Are They Listening?: Successful Internal Communication With Your Students
Presenter: Hannah Wiese & Cindy Meneghin
How do students want to be reached when it comes to information they need to hear or may want to know? Are emails actually read or simply deleted? Does social media still play an important role? Learn about the process and research we began three years ago and see real analytics to back it up. Find out how you can successfully interact with the students on your campus and how to limit the amount of emails being sent to them in a day. Further, gain knowledge in how to cultivate allies and build support of academic and administrative colleagues. Don’t be the white noise! Soon your students will be engaged, connected and in the know.
Genius Bar: #SAGrad: Developing Your Digital Leadership Identity
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Allie Triglianos
#SAGrad chats are a unique, engaging method of meeting and learning from other student affairs graduate students, as well as student affairs professionals (or #SAPro). This Genius Bar sessions will showcase the importance of a digital leadership identity while providing knowledge on networking and peer-to-peer learning on a digital platform.
Genius Bar: Impacts of Digital Signage on a Small Campus
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Steph Mazzarella
Co-Presenter: Shawn Spaventa
There are fewer places for printed posters and easels in today’s digital age. This is the story of one university’s foray into the world of digital signage.
Genius Bar: Building Capacity Between University’s and Local Domestic Violence Agencies
Room: The Cove
Presenter: Emily M. Ralph
Co-Presenter: Emily Baldi
Presenters will provide examples of fostering collaboration with regional Domestic Violence agencies in prevention of college campus intimate partner violence. Will discuss ways of working together to achieve mutually beneficial goals of both local agencies and Title IX administration. Some examples include: co-facilitation of trainings for students and professional staff, as well as referrals to domestic violence response services including, victim services counseling and Batterer Intervention programming for all genders.
December 16, 2016 – Post-Conference Institute
Livingston Student Center – 8:30am–12:30pm
Exploring Systems of Oppression and its’ Impact on How We Shape the Narrative of Black Men on College Campuses
Room: Gathering Lounge
Presenter: David Jones
The state of our country is shaken by many continuous horrific and racist national events that fail to honor the dignity of black men. As student affairs practitioners, we hold a responsibility, especially on our college campuses, to be aware of the challenges black men encounter and the layers of oppression that create a system that isn’t designed for black men to succeed. This session will redefine that narrative, highlight black male student success in college and discuss ways in which we as student affairs professionals can engage and explore the complexities, implications, and impact of racism on the experiences of black men in college. Further, this institute will discuss how we can use this understanding to be supportive in the black male college student experience.
Assessment: From Basics to Beyond the Survey
Presenter: Dayna Weintraub
Co-Presenters: Francesca Maresca, Ph.D., Amy Miele, Nadia Raza
Today’s higher education environment necessitates a greater level of accountability requiring student affairs professionals to engage in the assessment and evaluation process in new ways. This interactive workshop will provide a basic foundation of assessment and evaluation including the importance and benefits of assessment and the variety of methods used to collect data. Too often we rely on surveys for collecting data from students, which often results in low response rates or survey fatigue. In addition to differentiating between assessment and evaluation, join us to learn about other simple and powerful tools to garner evidence without asking students to rate experiences on a scale of 1 to 5.
Everything We Never Told You About Title IX
Room: Livingston Hall A
Presenters: Jackie Moran, Juhi Bhatt, Adam Carlson, Zaneta Rago-Craft, Laura Luciano
Featured panelists: Laura Luciano, Felicia McGinty, Zaneta Rago-Craft, Jackie Moran, Juhi Bhatt
The Title IX post-institute will be broken up into four sessions, each offering an in-depth discussion of different aspects of Title IX. The first session, Title IX Implications for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students, will explore the “Dear Colleague Letter” outlining Title IX protections for gender identity with a particular focus on climate, practices, and policies on higher education. The second session, Working with Accused Students: Providing Support and Due Process without Taking a Side, will discuss how to train or serve as a campus advisor for accused students through the Title IX investigation and adjudication process. The third session, Working with Survivors: Asking the Right Questions to Avoid Revictimization, will examine how the effects of trauma on survivors can manifest in the investigation process and how Title IX administrators can foster relationships with campus advocates and student activists as a means to avoid further revictimization. Finally, the institute will close with a panel discussion with Title IX and anti-sexual violence administrators on the future of Title IX under the Trump administration.
Mid-Level Professional Development
Room: Livingston Hall B
Presenters: Dr. Newman and Dr. Mena
What’s it like to be in the “middle” as a student affairs professional? Success as a mid-level manager depends on how well you can manage relationships, perform your job, and navigate the politics of your institution. The purpose of this half-day workshop is to better examine the skills and experiences one needs to be successful as a mid-level manager. We will look at skills and experiences discussed in the literature and draw from our own experiences working as and supervising mid-level managers. Participants will also have the opportunity to work together and reflect on their roles and what is needed for advancement.