2017 Selected Program Sessions

Navigating Campus on Wheels: Stories from Student Leaders Who Use Wheelchairs
Abbie Lipsker- Resident Director, Whitworth University

Students with physical accessibility needs attend our colleges and universities in the Inland Northwest. As colleges and universities seek to promote inclusivity on their campuses, student affairs professionals must recognize the importance and value of hiring diverse student staffs that can represent the varied experiences of the changing demographics of the institutions; this includes physical ability differences. Growing pains and learning result from embracing these changes. This session will capture reflections from two Resident Assistants who use wheelchairs and utilize the S.W.O.T. analysis tool to discuss navigating student leadership roles in differently-abled bodies.

How to become SuperBetter: the Gamification of Resiliency
Frank McMillan- Residence Hall Coordinator, Central Washington University &
Fiona Corner Residence Hall Coordinator Central Washington University

Enjoy games and challenges? Love the idea of leveling up and completing epic missions? Join us for an exploration of SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully. SuperBetter is a book written by and based on the research of Dr. Jane McGonigal. In this presentation, we will present a method for focusing on resilience as professional staff. We will talk through the research on the gamification of problem-solving and complete quests to get you started on navigating the challenging obstacles in your personal and professional life. By the end of our discussion, you will level up at least once!

Beyond Race and Sexual Orientation
Koun Eum- Psychologist/ Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

Social justice and inclusion is one of the core competencies for Student Affairs professionals. As students in higher education have become more diverse, multicultural competency is essential in various aspects of our work in Student Affairs. There has been a growing emphasis on understanding multi-faceted nature of diversity beyond recognizing a singular aspect such as race or sexual orientation. Using Hays’ ADDRESSING model, the session provides an experiential exercise to facilitate diversity and inclusion competency of professionals in Student Affairs.

Factors Influencing Leadership Efficacy for Traditional-Aged Sophomore Male College Students
Jeromy Koffler, Ed.D- Director of Student Activities, University of Portland

This session will review recently completed doctoral research on environmental factors that predict leadership efficacy and growth. The study used a large national data set from the 2015 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), and the results provide insights for how student affairs practitioners can structure activities and experience that can promote a sense of confidence, particularly for male students, in their leadership capabilities.

A collaborative approach to supporting equity and justice
Fiona Corner Residence Hall Coordinator Central Washington University &
Frank McMillan- Residence Hall Coordinator, Central Washington University

Have you ever been described as a social justice warrior? Do people tell you they are put off by your approach to justice and equity on your campus? Does your passion for social justice outpace the development and awareness of staff and students? Come hear experiences of navigating a new institution and our strategies for engaging professionals and students through individual relationships and division-wide initiatives.

Student Stress and Institutional Responses: A Circle Discussion
David Gruber- Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support, Reed College &
Santi Alston- Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Reed College

This session explores the sources of student stress and distress on our campuses -- including academic, social, and personal stress -- and, by using a circle discussion format, provides participants an opportunity to learn from each other about efforts to address the causes of student stress.

Juggling Multiple Balls: Bringing Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Koun Eum- Psychologist/ Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

This interactive session introduces core principles of mindfulness and self-compassion, and their integration into life so that one stays focused ,deals with daily demands at work effectively, and feels passionate about life. Simple and easy-to-do mindful and self-compassion exercises will be introduced and practiced together.

Autism Cultural Responsiveness: Applying Lessons Learned to Other Student Populations
Sara Sanders Gardner- Program Director, Bellevue College

The presenter will share lessons learned from the Autism Spectrum Navigators (ASN) program at Bellevue College in Washington State: a successful cohort-based access support program. The ASN program, now in its seventh year, serves over 250 students and has shown improved outcomes in GPA, course completion, retention, and an improvement in soft skills. The presenter will share experiences and research in this workshop with a focus on Best Practices for working with Autistic college students including strength-based models and behavior management theories. Participants will engage in interactive discussions regarding implications for broader student populations and implementation on their campuses.

How Colleges and Universities are Addressing Food Insecurity
Dayspring Mattole- Assistant Dean of Students for Inclusive Community, Reed College
Santi Alston- Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Reed College
Tara Sonali Miller- SEEDS Program Manager for Community Engagement, Reed College

Food insecurity is defined as the lack of consistent and reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. According to the College and University Food Bank Alliance, while 14% of U.S. households experience some form of food insecurity each year, available literature suggests the rate of food insecurity among college students is up to four times greater than the national household average. Food insecurity can have a variety of negative impacts on our students’ health and academic persistence. In addition to students, our staff and faculty colleagues may also experience a lack of consistent access to affordable, nutritious food. Learn about how campuses are responding to this issue.

Common Pitfalls of Young Job Seekers and How to Avoid Them
Jessica Wode-Housing Coordinator, University of Portland

If you’re in the first five years out of school, you may still be seeking your niche within Student Affairs. Learn how to make the contacts that will help you determine your best next steps, and set yourself up for success with polished job applications and interviewing skills. Jessica has coached many people through the job search process and seen where the most common missteps are. Find out what they are, how to avoid them, and what you can do instead to land the job you want.

A comprehensive on-campus support program for former foster care students: How can various units within Student Affairs collaborate?
Jacqueline Brandow- Doctoral Candidate, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education 
Koun Eum- Psychologist/ Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

Since the John, H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, there has been growing recognition of the importance of supporting students from foster care in higher education. Former foster care students have multifaceted challenges in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Their overall graduation rates are only about 3-11%, significantly lower than low-income first-generation students without such background. On-campus programs that focus on unique challenges of former foster care students are critical for their success. The presenters will discuss their collaborative efforts across units within Students Affairs that lead to the development of a comprehensive campus-based support program for former foster care students.

Aspiring Student Affairs Directors: Considering your Professional Trajectory
Chris Haug-Director of Residence Life. University of Portland

Have you noticed how opportunities often present themselves when we least expect them? When your dream job arises, you have to be ready with the skills and experiences so that you can put your name forward, win them over, and get the job offer! However, this takes good planning so that you are ready when the opportunity knocks. This session will draw upon current literature in professional preparation, as well as connections to professional networks and associations. Participants will gain insight into the life of a director and tips to consider when planning for this professional trajectory by a panel of seasoned SA directors who will provide insight into the lived experiences of what they focused on before landing their "director" position.

Buzzword Breakdown: Coaching and its value in Higher Ed
Lynn Morrow-Elite Coach, InsideTrack

"Coaching" is quite the buzzword these days. But what does it really entail, and how can coaching enhance student success in higher education? Over the last 16 years InsideTrack has coached over 1.5 million students across 1600 degree programs and has received recognition from The New York Times, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, and Inside Higher Ed. among others. During this workshop, we will explore the ins and outs of student coaching, as well as how it augments and supports advising, counseling, and other student services.

Adding the 'Civic' to student affairs- a roundtable discussion
Joni Tonn-Director, Community Engagement and Service, Linfield College

This will be a review and roundtable discussion on civic engagement practices. We will start with a review of terms and definitions. We will then dive right into a condensed version of best practice and things to keep in mind when adding civic engagement activities to existing programs. The table will then be open for hot topics in civic engagement with prompts available. As a Residence Life professional turned Civic Engagement professional, I believe taking time to refresh our skills sets with updated knowledge around these issues is helpful for many fields.

No Man is an Island: The Asian Pacific Islander Transition to College
James Pena-Hall Director, University of Portland
Ezequiel Delgado-Cervantes Assistant Hall Director, University of Portland

Despite homesickness being a common part of the undergraduate experience, many students continue to feel the pangs of this issue. In particular, Asian Pacific Islander (API) students attending universities on the continental US (or the "mainland") face a difficult transition, entering into a very different culture and world. This presentation provides insight into those perspectives and experiences. The study will include a review of student development theories and a review of the current literature on this topic. A study in this area will ensure a more robust and full care of API students and their transition to college.

Decreasing Barriers for Students with Disabilities
Kristen Andersen-Area Director for Training and Assessment, Linfield College

As student affairs practitioners we often look at how we personally interact with students on an individual basis, but how do our departments interact and influence students on an institutional and structural level? Based on research of needs of students with disabilities, particularly psychological and emotional ones, this session looks at how we can decrease and aim to eliminate barriers for students to engage with resources and programs.

This session is particularly useful for practitioners interested in supporting students with disabilities (particularly psychological and emotional such as depression and anxiety) in educational components of programs, teaching and learning, training, and assessment."

Know Your Pro Self: LinkedIn Profile Building
Chris Hayes-Director, Program Development, InsideTrack

Join me to explore the components and capabilities of LinkedIn, the social media go-to for professionals who know the importance of having a social media presence beyond funny cat videos and babies (however entertaining they may be!) Thought by some to simply be an online resume, LinkedIn offers users the chance to truly identify who they are as professionals and who they'd like to be. In this workshop, we will understand the ins and outs of this professional development platform while identifying language that highlights accomplishments while calling out opportunities.