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2019 NEACUHO Annual Program Descriptions
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NEACUHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
2019 Program Descriptions

Block One
Wednesday October 2, 2019
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Navigating the Workplace with a Marginalized Identity
Dave Grimes – New School
Vinnie Birkenmeyer – Pace University Pleasantville

Identifying as a member of marginalized minority group provides many challenges in life. Often times in the work place, those with marginalized identities may not feel as if they have a support system within their department or institution who understand their needs and are willing to serve as their advocates.  Join us in this roundtable discussion to share stories, seek advice, and provide support to others who may also be experiencing similar challenges.

Black & Blue: Examining the fight to break barriers between students of color and campus police departments
Von Purnell Jr. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tainted and damaged relations between police and many of the communities they serve, particularly communities of color, are among some of the most rigorous challenges facing the current American landscape. Actions of police brutality and violence toward African American and Black individuals have been a salient feature for nationwide discussion on race, justice, and privilege. The emergence of movements like Black Lives Matter has made it impossible to be avoid this ongoing plight, no matter how hard some people may still try. Our college campuses are a microcosm of the larger world around them, and the rapport between historically underrepresented student populations and police officers can mirror that but that doesn’t have to be the final reflection.

Managing Valuable Capital Assets: The Next Generation of Leaders in Residence Life
Jerrold Stein – Stony Brook University
Chuck Lamb – Rochester Institute of Technology (Retired)

These are challenging times in Higher Education and the staffs working on the front lines, particularly in Residence Life, are showing signs of burnout, low morale and high turnover.  Is this a generational issue or have times changed?  Through a workshop/discussion format, this session will address how leaders in residence life must understand the generational differences and determine how they can modify their approach to increase continuity, inspire younger staff and deliver high quality services to students.  The session will touch on the generational differences and how to effectively supervise all despite the age gaps.  In addition, the presenters will invite individuals to schedule one on one (or small groups depending on the number of requests) sessions during the conference about particular issues of concern they would like to address as SHOs or middle management staff on their campuses.

Behind Closed Doors: A Look at Student Conduct
Rose O’Callaghan & Spencer McBreairty – Siena College

What goes into a Student Conduct meeting? What can we do as Professionals to ensure that meetings are equitable for students and that their voices are heard? Starting from the first steps of students being documented, to their meeting with a Conduct Officer, all the way through potential appeals. This session will look at each step from multiple angles and factors throughout the process. A particular emphasis will be placed on working with campus partners such as Public Safety, Student Activities, and Counseling to ensure a just and transparent process.

Prioritizing Facilities Issues when they are All a Priority!
Shelly Keniston – Bridgewater State University

In the world of housing operations,  there are multiple competing priorities depending on who you are talking to on any given day. But how do you prioritize as the one ultimately responsible for getting it all done? Does an issue from the President or VP make it a higher priority because of who they are?  What about the parent on the phone? This session will help you break down the issues and prioritize based on many different factors. 

Well-Being: The Foundation to Success
Shaylah Kelly – Plymouth State University

When considering student success, we must first consider student well-being.  But how do we support and impress this within our campus communities?  It begins at the professional level.  It begins with student staff well-being and appreciation.  In this presentation, we will discuss skill development for students in understanding how to develop strong well-being foundations.  We will discuss how important it is that as professionals, graduate students, and para professionals, we must engage in our own well-being.  Getting to the root of the issue with "what is well-being" and "how does that apply to me?"

Block Two
Wednesday October 2, 2019
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

When you play the Game of Thrones you win or you die...
Beth Anne Voight-Jause – Sacred Heart University
Jack Bushell – Central Connecticut State University

No one will die in this session.  However, in order to survive institutional politics one needs to know how to navigate it and play the game.  This session will talk about strategies to approach office and institutional politics from different perspectives.  We will discuss how politics can be used to help you be effective and successful in your current role, and help you to advance to your next position. We will learn these lessons from the characters of Game of Thrones, minus the bloodshed and backstabbing, of course.

Emotional Support Animals - They're on the Rise
Antonio Willis-Berry, Stephanie Bohler & Stephanie Brodeur – Bentley University

Has your institution seen a rise in requests for emotional support animals? Are you trying to develop a process for these requests? Join our session on emotional support animals to learn about relevant federal legislation, documentation and procedural guidelines regarding the request process, as well as guidelines for developing institutional protocol.

Mental Health/Illness and the Stigmas We Face
Peter Bandel – Colgate University

This is round table discussion that focuses on a Case Study about mental health challenges that students face.  We will collaborate and define terms, while having an opportunity to better explore challenges that students with mental illnesses face. 

Coaching 101: How Principles of Coaching can make you an All Star professional
Rob Guiry – University of Bridgeport

You enter the field. You’re a Residence Manager or a Residence Director. Why not a Residence Coach? What’s the difference? If our goal is truly student development, then let’s get off the sidelines and start “coaching up” our student leaders. In this presentation Rob will reflect on his Div. 1 coaching experience and highlight how “Principles of Coaching” can help young professionals better lead and develop their staffs and communities. 

Power of a Curriculum for Inclusion and Equity Learning 2.0
Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival & Anna Jantz – University of New Hampshire

This presentation will cover why UNH Residential Life implemented an Inclusion and Equity curricula training for professional and paraprofessional staff for two consecutive years and the changes we have made throughout the process. We will talk about goals, learning outcomes, benefits of using self-directed and variety of delivery methods as well as the use of peer to peer discussion.  This session was voted as the June "Best of the Residential Education Drive In"

CHO Social with Keynote Speaker
Dr. Loretta Holloway – Framingham State University

After the afternoon's keynote address, CHOs will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Holloway and learn more on her perspectives as a Vice President of a University.

Block Three
Thursday October 3, 2019
9:00 am to 10:00 am

CAPITOLizing on Technology to Assist in Training
Rose Piacente Waples – University of Rochester

Are you looking to move some of your training sessions online? If your department is looking to build an intentionally scaffolded and 'flipped classroom' method of training to save time, increase processing time for your staff, or cater to a variety of learning styles, then this session is for you. Using free tools and tips for project management participants will gain the means and generate a plan to build an intentional online training program for any staff you have (grads, RAs, live in academic support, RHA, etc.).

Take Care of Them, But Don't Forget to Take Care of YOU
Chasity Wilson – New School

As a live-in staff member for the past 8 years, creating work-life balance has always been a challenge. As I have naturally graduated to mid-level status based on years of experience, I have begun to hone in on what work life balance means and how to incorporate self-care in my day to day. With a personal work philosophy of always giving 110% it can be difficult and at times, guilt-inducing, to separate self from the work I'm so passionate about. Being results driven, it took much self-reflection, analysis, and self-love to surrender to the changes necessary for a better well-being overall. Come to this session to learn about the strategies I implement in an effort to be a better whole person in a career that I love, but one that can be all consuming and result in burnout too often. There will also be opportunity to share and learn from others!

How to create Interdisciplinary LLCs with a strong curricular component
Margaret Reitz – SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo has been working to expand its Living-Learning Community offerings over the past 5 years.  This program will cover our goals, struggles, and successes with building our LLC program.  Specifically, we have struggled to build the academic and curricular component of our LLCs because, as a small institution, our LLCs are not tied directly to majors or schools.  This past year, we entered a partnership with the new Center for Integrative Learning to better engage faculty and develop a curricular component for a handful of our LLCs and come in line with best practices for LLCs.

Shame on Me?
Kevin Conn & Leiry Santos – New York University

Fitting in isn't always easy and one can often find themselves in a competition to prove that they have what it takes to be the best and thrive. Some say competition can be healthy, and in small doses it certainly can be. However, when competition shifts to competitive comparisons of one professional to another shame can quickly sink in. Did I do it right? Am I good enough? I could have done it way better!

These types of sentiments often impact an individual's sense of belonging, their ability to connect with others, and ultimately their overall outlook during their time at an institution. In this session harness strategies and techniques to fight the “Shame Persona” while discovering your professional values and the validity of your own contributions. Through self-advocacy, reaffirming values and beliefs, and setting a strong focus we will identify key strategies to strengthen your foundation and skill set to stop shame dead in its tracks.

Creating a Home: Loving House: the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Unit
Taylor Bouraad - Cornell University


Loving House: the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Unit at Cornell University that has been 25 years in the making. The community which opens in the 2019-2020 Academic Year will house 30 undergraduate students consisting of all class years. The mission is to enhance the intellectual and cultural life at Cornell around issues pertaining to the LGBTQ+ and allied communities. The Loving House will embrace honest and frank dialogues about sex, sexuality, romanticism, gender identity and expression, community development and cross-cultural understanding. This community was created out of student advocacy to create a living space dedicated to these particular identities. Through this presentation attendees will learn about the development and implementation of the community through the lens of the residential student experience and student development theory.

NACURH Advising Intensive Session
Christine Alch – Northeastern University

Role of the Organization Advisor:   This session will help Advisors understand what they do with the context of student organizations, working with an executive board, and motivating students through their role.  Participants will be able to define the role of an advisor and be able to identify different advising styles.  Additionally, participants will be able to explain the differences between advising and supervising as well as learning the concepts of Leadership Development Theory and the will be able to explain the basic skills of mentoring

Leadership Development:  In order to help our student leaders grow and develop, we must understand the multiple ways they may be leading and developing. This session will give you a glimpse into the different leadership styles and developmental theories that are impacting your students on a daily basis.

A Deeper Look at the Self-Study Data
Shelly Keniston – Bridgewater State University
AJ Goodman - Manhattan College

Join AJ and Shelly, Co-Chairs of the self-study, and take a deeper look into the data that came back.  You will be able to live analyze factors that are of interest as well as get more details on the broad data shared at the business meeting.  Learn next steps for usage of the data and give some feedback for the strategic planning committee for 2019-2020.

Block Four
Thursday October 3, 2019
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Promoting Critical Service & Advocacy Amongst Student Employees
Ryan Haynes – University of Connecticut

Participants will discuss their current knowledge of their institutions' community outreach, service learning, and advocacy programs, how they see critical service and advocacy as connected to the mission of their department and the RA role, and ways in which they can promote critical service and advocacy. Participants will be provided resources and information regarding the topic such as what is being done at other institutions and relevant literature to the field of critical service and college student civic engagement.

The Elephant We Can’t See: Overcoming Unconscious Biases in Student Conduct
Nicolle Quinonez & Tishana Lawhorne – University at Albany, SUNY

Have you thought about the biases you bring to your student conduct meetings? During conduct issues we tend to shift the focus to protocol and procedure and ignore the elephant in the room, our own biases. These unconscious biases can hinder the outcome and overall experiences of your conversations with your students.  This session will assist you in becoming aware of preconceived notions and it will help you understand healthy power dynamics between you and students.  We will explore different perspectives to student conduct and your role as an advocate and administrator.

Using Housing Operations to Meet Student Needs
Ashley Fletcher – Saint Anselm College

Thinking strategically about how housing operations can meet student needs is key due to the everchanging climate of the student body. With more demand and less resources, it is important for departments to work smarter to stretch time, complete tasks and enhance their residential experience. Some significant practices to consider include transgender housing, emotional support animals, specialty group housing, preferred names, and occupancy management. This program was voted as the "Best of the Housing Operations Drive in."

Thank You, Next!
Samantha Bassford, Meena Elango & Terry Ann Joseph – Adelphi University

Just like Ariana Grande, we as professionals learn lessons and grow from the experiences in our intertwining professional and personal lives. Sometimes those lessons are tough like being new to a campus culture, feeling like your living groundhog day, or having the imposter feeling. These are all things you can turn into a positive by coming to this session and be your honest self in this brave space. Join 3 Student Affairs professionals as they share their stories of different traveled paths and how they have found a way to say thank you, next!

Transformative Trends in Student Housing
Moderator: Matthew Foster – Worcester Polytechnical Institute
Yanel de Angel – Perkin+Will
Shelly Keniston – Bridgewater State University
Tim Touchette – Brandeis University
Richard Hilton – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

We are living in unprecedented times where rapid changes are the norm. These changes impact everything: diversity in residential programs offered, intentionally flexible spaces, co-ownership, operational adaptability, and daily life. This insightful panel will lead an interactive discussion on transformative trends in Residential Life - trends that span public and private institutions, might shape how we educate and house new generations of students and if adapted, could ultimately be differentiators to attract, recruit and retain students.

Dungeons & Dragons: Using Roleplaying to Build A Critical Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership Development
Devon Hopson – University of New Hampshire

Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game that invites players to build a unique hero character to play through an imaginative storyline, and overcome obstacles in collaboration with their storyteller and team of friends. Playing characters are built by selecting one of many classes each with natural affinities for attributes that support their character’s growth, and the versatility of their team. Like character development in Dungeons & Dragons, student leaders possess their own unique combinations of skills and strengths that provide a foundation to build upon during their time in college. This presentation will utilize the theme of Dungeons & Dragons character development to tangibly explore an anti-deficit approach to advising and supervising student leaders. Participants will learn how the Clifton Strengths assessment tool can be used as a roadmap for understanding how student’s strengths emerge in their leadership work, and how both the student and educator can build upon these attributes. Participants will be challenged to critically reflect on how the impacts of implicit bias and oppressive systemic barriers can affect how much agency is granted to student leaders to fully engage in and embody their strengths. This session will utilize Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory to understand how students may experience their identities and interlocking systems of oppression simultaneously, center the permanence of racism as the system we operate in, and what participants can to support students’ agency in their professional work.

NEACUHO 2019-20 Strategic Planning Session
Dave Grimes –The New School

Come learn how you can assist in steering NEACUHO into new & exciting directions! The plan for self-assessment will be discussed as well as how you can be involved in the process.

Block Five
Friday October 4, 2019
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Moving Up to Mid-Level
Dave Grimes – New School
Brittany Bookman – University at Albany

Are you ready for the next step in your Residential Life career? Do you have burning questions about what life in the middle is like? Come to this presentation to hear from two mid-level managers about their experiences in their search for mid-level positions, transition into the new positions, and life as a mid-level professional. Topics will include preparing for the search, the transition, what the presenters wish they knew prior to entering the role, as well as suggestions on how you can navigate day to day responsibilities in this role.

From on-boarding to off-boarding, a comprehensive hiring and training plan
Samantha Soren & Unity Watts – Stony Brook University

Please join us as we discuss how Stony Brook University Campus Residences has grown and developed a comprehensive recruitment, training, and development strategy for our entry level staff.  We will discuss our recruitment, on-boarding, training (August and January), development, and off boarding process while providing strategies to implement at your institution.  We will also discuss feedback from both our staff and candidates for how we've improved our process to be a comprehensive program.  We will also discuss how our professional development leads to a successful off-boarding of our staff members. We will also discuss ways to include a university's HR professionals as a strategic partner throughout a staff members journey

Do We Have To?, Unwrapping Student Staff Development
Lexi Athens & Nicolle Quinonez – University at Albany

How many times have you heard your student staff members state "do we have to" or "is it mandatory?" when they hear staff bonding or professional development. This session will assist you in increasing participation in student staff development opportunities. Many times student staff ask for professional development opportunities or staff bonding, however, when these are provided to them we hear them state "do we have to?". In this session we will explore ways to create impactful yet engaging student staff development opportunities. Let's unwrap ways in which we can make the next staff development opportunities a success for both you and your student staff.

Agile Workflow: Not Just For Your IT Team Anymore
Colleen DeBeasi – HULT International Business School

Have you wanted to bring big change to yourself or your department? Do you feel like you or your department could be working more efficiently? Are you ready to change your life? Agile is a workflow methodology commonly used in web development, but can it be used in Student Affairs? Come find out how you can bring this dynamic workflow back to your campus!

Authentically You: Being Yourself at Work
Antonio Willis-Berry – Bentley University

Being or not being our most authentic-selves has an impact on who we are at or away from work. Authentically being yourself at work might be easy for some and quite difficult for others. Through Brene Brown’s work and the Multiple Dimension of Identity model, we will further explore this idea of being authentically you at work. We will reflect on the questions, “Have you been your most authentic self at work?”,  “Why might it be difficult to be ‘Your Most Authentic Self’ at work?”, and “What keeps us from being our most authentic-selves at work?” Being or feeling like yourself at work is important and needed, so let’s explore this together!

Diving into Careers: Student Success through Relationships Career Consultants
Kim Garrison – Cornell University
Laura O’Neill – Binghamton University

As the Career and Professional Development Consultant in Residence role has taken off at our institution, we have jumped in support their work in the residence halls through active programming, cross training, and providing office space to their team. Our student staff getting on board for the introduction of her role in our area was one of the most important. We want to share how it worked in our area and how you could use it in your area. From managing up with directors to sharing student success stories, come learn how it could be implemented on your campus.

Block Five
Friday October 4, 2019
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Assessment is NOT Scary: Techniques and Strategies to Assess Learning without Being an Assessment Expert
Vinnie Birkenmeyer – Pace University Pleasantville

Do you get scared when you hear the word assessment and try to avoid it at any cost? That was (and sometimes is) me! I felt ill-equipped to assess learning that was happening in our halls because I was still mixing up terms like direct and in-direct; formative and summative; objective, goal and outcome. You do not need to understand all of those terms for this session! Instead we will focus on a brief overview of why it is important to assess the learning that is happening in our residence halls and an overview of 10 assessment techniques that you can implement right away. We will wrap up with resources to learn more about those scary words listed above and help you be well on your way to assessment guru status.

Large Scale Student Staff Training and Top Recommendations for Coordination
Trevor Dority & Adam Ortiz – UMass Amherst

Coordinating Student Staff Training at a large institution entails a significant amount of intention and pre-planning. In addition to the logistical challenges associated with large-scale student staff training, other factors, such as tracking attendance, navigating campus politics, and communication, become factors that coordinators need to take into consideration. In this session, presenters will speak to their experiences coordinating and executing student staff training at one of the largest public institutions in the United States. Presenters will address issues such as strategic planning, planning partnerships, planning timeline, communication, content development, logistics, tracking, campus partners, assessment, and implementation. For all staff who have a role in coordinating and executing large-scale student staff training, this session will provide valuable resources and strategies for moving forward.

Established 1995-2010: Embracing Gen Z in Residence Life Work
Shea Middleton – University of Connecticut
Katrina Camerato – UMass Amherst

Do you ever feel like the students you are working with don’t hear you? Learn more about working with Gen Z. Like other demographic cohorts, Gen Z has their preferences regarding communication and more. Let’s talk about how you can incorporate small changes to your daily practice that help you work with Gen Z students like never before. We will discuss tips and tricks that impact how you work as a conduct hearing officer, supervisor, and professional on-call.

Residential Curriculum Basics on a Budget
Matthew Somerville – Merrimack College
Beth Anne Voight-Jause – Sacred Heart University

Are you interested in creating a Residential Curriculum for your institution? Curious what all the hype is about? Have you started to create a curriculum on your own, but feel stuck and need some inspiration? Have you wanted to attend the ACPA Institute on Curricular Approach but haven’t been able to? If you said yes, to any of those questions, this session is for you! We do not claim to be experts on Residential Curriculums, but have experience creating a successful one from start to finish within the constraints of budgets and resources of a smaller university.

Marketing and Articulating Your Strengths: Understanding the Value of Transferable Skills
Dave Grimes – New School
Kevin Conn – New York University

Developing and strengthening a diversified skill set has become increasingly important in housing and residential life departments. The ability to accurately market and articulate past experiences into tangible skills can have a significant impact on the development of future opportunities. Through this session, participants will be challenged to reflect on past experiences and frame their own mindset on what transferable skills they have developed that they can take with them to their next position.

We Audit Be Better: A Residential Life Audit on Inclusion and Equity
Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival & Anna Jantz – University of N
ew Hampshire

This presentation is designed to provide participates with a peak into a year long internal audit of the University Of New Hampshire's Residential Life Department. The main objective of the audit was to review and evaluate sense of belonging as it relates to: physical and psychological safety, close or intimate social connections, and access to relevant resources for students and staff of color. This presentation will explain what informed this audit and its creation, and how it was implemented. Participates will be challenged to explores the ways in which they can use these materials to audit their own work on campus. This presentation will own our areas of weakness in our work and how we strive for greater achievement through strategic steps in the future.

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