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
Room: 174

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
Room: 116A

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
Room: 116C

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
Room: 117

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
Room: 120A

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.


Poetic (In)Justice
Room: 120C

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
Room: 122A

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
Room: 122C

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.