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
Room: 174

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
Room: 116A

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
Room: 116C

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
Room: 117

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
Room: 120A

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
Room: 120C

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
Room: 122A

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
Room: 122C

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.