Radical Self-Care for Student Leaders (2019, Student Track)
"Students will be able to self-assess their current self-care strategies.
Students will be able to differentiate between commercialized self-care and radical self-care. Students will be able to implement their own self-care plan. Students will be able to teach their peers about self-care."
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Assisting Residents (2019, Student Track)
Students will be able to define what a trauma-approach is. Students will gain a general understanding of how a trauma-informed approach can help residents succeed. Students will be able to apply at least 1 trauma-informed technique when interacting with their residents.
Young, Dumb, and In-Charge: How to Navigate Institutional Culture & Politics as a New Leader (2019, New Professional Track)
As a result of attending this session, participants will: (1) identify opportunities entry and mid-level professionals can take advantage of to make themselves more marketable for future advancement; (2) be able to define institutional culture and describe the impact of institutional culture on established norms and customs of an institution/division/department; (3) be able to identify strategies to help individuals new to senior leadership positions navigate campus politics.
Retention Theory and You (2018)
As an RA or a professional, how can you help to increase or maintain the retention rates of your residents through programming and general interactions? Learn about theories of student development and retention that can be applied to what we do every day in Residence Life!
They Did What??? How To Be There For Yourself and Your Community (2018)
This session will include a discussion about how to handle the fall out after high profile and high intensity residence hall incidents, both in regards to taking care of residents as well as yourself. During this session, we will be discussing case studies based on our experiences with such incidents. The goal is to provide information on methods and resources for self-care and community rebuilding. Please note, that this session will cover sensitive topics such as alcohol and drug use, distribution, and addiction, mental health, and sexual assault, which may be difficult for some attendees to participate in.
Fighting Food Insecurity On Campus (2018)
This session will focus on food insecurity on college campuses and the impact that it has on various student populations. This has been a hot topic on the rise across the nation due to increasing tuition and other costs associated with attending college. This session will provide an overview of the demographics and prevalence of college food insecurity, the way universities are responding, and what residence life staff members can do to help.
The Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Leadership (2017)
This session will help students to understand what privilege and marginalization with regards to diversity. They will learn what a blind spot is and they will be encouraged to consider their own possible blind spots and learn how to move beyond them. They will also work on a case study to assist with this process. Students will be guided on how they can create well rounded and successful organizations. Students will be encouraged, but not required, to share their experiences as either a member of a privileged group or as part of a marginalized group.
Stupid Things Well-Intended People Say (2017)
As leaders on our campuses I believe we all have good intent. However, despite our good intent we all tend to say some really stupid things. This presentation will focus on everyday micro-aggressions, understanding them, the role we all play, and helping our residents to help themselves. Words, regardless the intend they are spoken with can be harmful and we want our residence halls to be safe inclusive spaces for all our residents.
"Safe Spaces": Bringing Triggers To Discussion (2017)
The goal of the presentation is to provide an opportunity for [Resident Advisors] to participate in a space to define, discuss, and self-reflect on "safe-spaces", triggers, and micro-aggressions. Through presentation and activities, we hope to engage RAs in a discussion to evaluate things that may trigger them, in order to create a more authentic self and empower their ability to have potentially-sensitive discussions with residents as well as others in their communities.
Finding Your Next Platform (2016)
Are you interested in continuing your experience as a Resident Assistant into becoming a professional in Higher Education? This session will discuss the Higher Education professional job search concerning starting the job search, resume & cover letters, first and second round interviews, and accepting a position. We will discuss professional best practices and have a Q & A portion.
Technological Solutions for Programming for STEM Students (2016)
Students in science and engineering work with a rigorous course load and competitive environment, and it can sometimes be difficult to get this population excited about residence hall programming. RAs from the Technical Solutions LLC at UMass Amherst will share ideas and experiences surrounding supporting students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through programming, individual interactions, and other initiatives. This session will include a panel of current RAs for this program speaking to some of their most successful ideas and initiatives, as well as a brainstorming session and time for questions.
Confronting High Risk Behaviors: Assessment and Referral (2016)
This session is intended to focus on intervening, confronting, and providing support to residents who are engaging in high-risk behavior. Topics of depression, suicide, and non-suicidal self-harm will be discussed. Participants will be provided an opportunity to practice essential confrontation and active listening skills.
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2020 Conference Co-Chairs
Erica Sharp (2020, 2019)
Shawn Tremblay (2020, 2019)
2020 Conference Committee Members
Alex Cross (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
Blaine Fisher (2020, 2019, 2018)
Patrick Rojas (2020, 2019, 2018)
Jill Kelley (2020, 2019, 2018)
Bianca Romero (2020, 2019)
Devon O'Dowd (2020, 2017, 2016)
Torrie Lewine (2020, 2017, 2016)
Jenfrey Florentino (2020)
Sarah Andrade (2020)
Nichara Condo (2020)
Former Conference Chairs/ Co-Chairs
Shawn Tremblay (2019)
Erica Sharp (2019)
Alex Cross (2018, 2016, 2015)
Tayler Dontigney (2018)
Torrie Lewine (2017)
Former Conference Committee Members
Milena Cruzado (2019)
Griffin Labbance (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)
Will Almonte (2019, 2018)
Imani Bryant (2018)
Katie Campbell (2018)
Brian Ortiz (2017, 2016)
Maggie Zorilla (2017, 2016)
Robert Brienzi (2017, 2016)
Katie Mello (2017)
Chris Winn (2016, 2015)
Elizabeth Braxton (2016, 2015)
Jon Todd (2016, 2015)
Carley Pelletier (2016)
Becca Hammond (2015)
Former Conference Speakers
Gloria Lopez (Keynote, 2019)
Adam Ortiz (Closing, 2019)
Rebecca Kitchell (Keynote, 2018)
Jeanne Hart-Steffen (Keynote, 2017)
Matthew Scott (Closing, 2015)