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
Room: 174

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
Room: 116A

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
Room: 116C

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
Room: 117

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
Room: 120A

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
Room: 120C

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
Room: 122A

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
Room: 122C

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.