2020 Program Information
coming later this fall!

NOTE: Programming and room locations are subject to change. For the most updated information the day of the conference, please reference the printed guidebook. 



Gen Z - What do they like, want, need, and expect from Colleges, employers and life!

Engage in a follow-up discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Nicole Loyd. This session will be an opportunity to continue discussing the central themes from the morning's Keynote Address, including how Generation Z is impacting: the workplace, the national economy, and our behaviors in society.

Presenter(s):  Dr. Nicole L. Loyd, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Moravian College
Room Location: Madison

"An Education on How to Get a College Education:" Build a Successful Academic-Focused College Success Course

Northampton Community College recently revamped its 1-credit college success course in order to better meet the needs of incoming students, placing a greater emphasis on academic capital, academic skills, and the mindsets necessary for students to succeed. This strengths-based course introduces students to growth and creator mindsets, study skills, and the college capital/resources necessary to transition incoming students into NCC students effectively. Attendees of this session will learn about the course’s theories, the curriculum, faculty training, encouraging assessment data, and NCC’s growth mindset partnership with Stanford University.

Presenter(s): Michael Sparrow, Associate Dean, Academic Success, Northampton Community College
NASPA Region 2 Designated Program
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Student Learning and Development
Room Location: Grant

Snakes and Ferrets and Rats, Oh My! Service and Emotional-Support Animals in Collegiate Housing

One does not have to walk too far on campus to encounter a variety of service and emotional-support animals. More and more college students are bringing animals on campus to help them overcome challenges related to physical or mental health. These animals serve a student population that might not otherwise be able to obtain a post-secondary education. The reality, however, is that allowing animals - and, more specifically, in residence halls - presents a host of challenges. From dated facilities that may not be climate-controlled, to the concerns (legitimate or otherwise) of other students who must live near an animal, there is no shortage of issues that colleges and universities must solve. Those challenges range from logistics and "customer service", to legal compliance.

Presenter(s): Cory Winter, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and Allison Bridgeman, Director of Residence Life, Elizabethtown College
Target Audience: Any/All levels
Competency Areas: Law, policy and governance, Social Justice and inclusion, Values, philosophy and history
Room Location: Lincoln

Culturally Competent Care of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Clients for Cisgender Clinicians

Education and skill when working with the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) community is a matter of cultural competence that is essential to professional practice. Professionals must interrogate their own internal biases regarding gender and adopt a prosocial and affirmative stance in regard to their TGNC clients. Participants will be able to (1) identify and challenge personal biases and blind-spots as relate to the TGNC community, (2) learn, adopt and apply culturally competent standards recommended by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care in their professional practice.

Presenter(s): Angela C.S. Boyd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Rutgers University – Camden
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Social Justice and Inclusion
Room Location: Coolidge

Helping College Students Get What They Want & Need:
What Every Higher Ed Pro Needs To Know™ About Empowering Today’s College Students

A few startling facts about American Higher Education in 2018:

● Only 35% of today’s college students will graduate in 4 years and only 54% of will graduate in 6 years.
● 1 in 6 college students will make a decision to drop out within their first 3 months of enrolling.
● 1 in 4 college students report negative academic consequences as a result of dangerous/binge drinking
● 1 in 5 women & 1 in 16 men experience sexual assault in college. Our LGBTQ students expereince even higher levels.
● Suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students, with over 1,000 annually.
● The average college student will graduate with $37,172 in debt, yet never have a course about money.

We could go on and on. But we will stop here. Clearly we all have work to do. Real work to do.

And that is what this session is about: The real work of Helping College Students Get What They Want & Need.  And here’s the good news…today’s college students have YOU: The 21st century higher education professional. You help college students get an education, not just a degree. You teach students, not just subjects. You help students get a life outside the classroom. And most of all, you help college students take their higher education deeper.

 Since 1995, Collegiate Empowerment has been at the forefront of supporting higher education professionals like you, to empower students as they face the difficult challenge of being a college student of today. Through thousands of hours of practical application of working with over 2 million college students & 50,000 higher education professionals from over 2,800 colleges,

Collegiate Empowerment has been here to help make your job easier, so you can truly help today’s college student get what they want & need.

Presenter(s): Tony D’Angelo, Founder & Producer, Collegiate Empowerment
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas:
Room Location: Jefferson

A Qualitative Phenomenological Study: Understanding the Social Integration Experiences of Sophomore Students

Research has indicated sophomore year can be another difficult transition. This phenomenological study described the social integration experiences, specifically the peer relationships, student involvement, and sense of belonging, of sophomore students.
• Explore the Sophomore Year Experience in and out of the classroom
• Utilize Tinto’s Student Integration Theory to investigate the students’ peer relationships, involvement, and sense of belonging
• Examine best practices for supporting sophomore students

Presenter(s): Dr. Kim Cooney, Director of Student Success, Chestnut Hill College
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals, Mid-level professionals
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Leadership, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Adams


Mid-level to Senior-level: Making the transition

This panel will provide the opportunity for mid-level student affairs administrators to hear from

and engage with local senior level student affairs administrators on transitioning to the next level

in the student affairs field.

Panelist(s): Dr. Stephanie Ives, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Temple University
Dr. Martha Denney, Dean of the College at Haverford College
Dr. Darrien Davenport, Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement at Gettysburg College
Moderator: Dr. Kimberly Guyer, Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Temple University
Target Audience: Mid-level professionals
Competency Areas: Organizational and Human Resources, Law, Policy & Governance, Leadership
NASPA Region 2 Designated Program
Room Location: Grant

Let's Unpack the Man Box

College men on campus are engaging in risky and violent behaviors related to alcohol and other drug abuse, sexual and dating violence, and hazing at alarming rates. They face societal expectations every day in which they are expected to perform an ideal form of manhood. This session will explore the performance of these expectations, which is called the Man Box. Pulling from the works of bell hooks, Shaun Harper, Frank Harris III and other scholars on men and masculinity, attendees will be able to unpack the Man Box and better understand the college men on their campus. 

Presenter(s): Francis Buggey, Graduate Student, West Chester University of PA
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Adams

Meeting Students Where They Are: Online Orientation

Dr. Tim Elmore refers to the current generation of students as EPIC: Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich and Connected. Unfortunately, our efforts to integrate students into our campus communities rarely acknowledges this. Digital on-boarding provides an opportunity to scale the process and measure its effectiveness while connecting with students in a way that is second nature to them. This session reviews Millersville University’s development of the Marauder Arrival Program (MAP), the online pre-orientation program for incoming students and their families.

Presenter(s): Chris Jachimowicz, Director, Office of Orientation & Transition Programs, Millersville University
Target Audience: Mid-level professionals, well-tenured professionals
Competency Areas: Student Learning & Development, Technology
Room Location: Lincoln

Student Excellence in Professional Preparation

A recently created, co-curricular program was introduced to insure students develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, stay engaged throughout their time in college, and become advocates of their own personal and professional development. This session will introduce the process of developing a student-authored, mentoring program developed around development theory, accreditation expectations and new assessment technology.

Presenter(s): Jesse Swartz, Director, Student Excellence in Professional Preparation, University of the Sciences
Target Audience: New professionals, Mid-level professionals
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting
Room Location: Coolidge

Allyship Isn’t Enough: Improving yourself, your department and your institution

Do you get stuck when it comes to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives at your institution? Have you figured out where the issues are but you don’t know where to start tackling them? Do you spend hours in meetings but struggle to get visible results for your efforts?

In this session, I will give you tools to take your problems and turn them into action-oriented initiatives. You will learn the differences between being an ally, advocate and activist and learn an activity you can bring back to your campus to generate ideas and action plans for implementing diversity initiatives.

Presenter(s): Shannon Dobrovolny, Director of Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Moore College of Art & Design
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Leadership, Social Justice and Inclusion
Room Location: Madison

Students Teaching Students: What Every Higher Ed Pro Needs To Know™ About The Collegiate Empowerment ® Approach

Fill in the blank: most training and lectures ______.

You may have said “are irrelevant,” “are not compelling,” “are not sustainable,” or maybe you just said “suck.”  Regardless of your response, we agree with you! Why?  Because- The way all today’s students learn and engage with the world is completely different since the iPhone was released back in 2007. Now, people can find content about anything and they have access to it at any time. Student development should bring the content to life and people should feel more excited about the material when they walk out of the session. Sadly, this is not the case for a lot of sessions.

Today's student development has to be different than we’re used to. We don’t teach content; we teach students. And today’s students no longer learn through straight lectures and podium speakers. This session gives you the insight to help design educational experiences that create immediate and lasting impact for today’s college student:

Presenter(s): Joe Urbanski, Collegiate Empowerment
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Student Learning & Development, Leadership
Room Location: Jefferson


Planning for the Worst: A Primer in Emergency Management for Student Affairs Administrators

Safety and security are fundamental issues on any college or university campus, but student affairs administrators are often not trained in or aware of the substantial resources that exist for emergency management planning and preparation. This session will draw upon local, state, and federal resources available to all institutions with particular attention to campus issues. Participants will be challenged to think critically about their own campuses and the plans they already have in place.

Presenter(s): Ben Huelskamp, Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, Rosemont College
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Law, Policy & Governance, Leadership, Organizational and Human Resources
Room Location: Madison

Collision course: Examining the college transition of men of color

This presentation aims to inform practitioners about the college transition of men of color.  We begin by providing an overview and brief literature review to apprise the audience of factors contributing to lower rates of success for men of color.  We then present the results of a qualitative study which explored how institutional norms of student autonomy contributed to the high school to college transition for this population. Unlike existing research that applies a deficit orientation, we highlight an institutional factor that adversely impacts this population. We conclude with implications for practitioners and faculty.

Presenter(s): Diane Elliott, Assistant Professor, Kutztown University
Reginald Coleman, Graduate Student, Kutztown University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Jefferson

First-Generation is my Superpower: An in-depth look at programming and services to support the retention and persistence of first-generation college students

The presenters are passionate about the success of fist-generation college students and have developed a number of initiatives to target this population and to improve their retention to graduation. This session will outline strategies for supporting first-generation college students during their college experience. Presenters will discuss social and academic programming and services to support the retention and persistence of first-generation college students. We will share what is working well, any data that is available at the time of the presentation, what isn't working well, and our hopes for future initiatives.

Presenter(s): Dr. Kimberly Guyer, Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Temple University
Darrien Davenport, Executive Director, Gettysburg College
Target Audience: New professionals
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Grant

#TakeMyInternship Student Networking Social

We all know students are doing great things outside of classes—internships, leadership roles, volunteer work—but it’s hard to capture them all. When students find opportunities on their own, the moment they leave, that connection fizzles out. Jefferson created a peer-to-peer social where students share their experiences and offer “insider tips” on how to apply. The event, in partnership with the Student Government Association, increased underclassmen involvement due to its low-risk introduction to networking and referrals. We will share how easily a similar program could be achieved on your campus, regardless of content!

Presenter(s): Ainsley Maloney, Associate Director, Career Services Center, Jefferson University - East Falls
Laura Bickert Ciarlello, Associate Director, Career Services Center, Jefferson University - East Falls
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Organizational and Human Resources, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Lincoln

Are You Ready? Career Readiness for New & Emerging Professionals

Have you ever assessed your skills against the NACE competencies? The seven competencies are applicable throughout your career development. This workshop will take a practical look at student affairs job positions and help you self-evaluate your professional strengths and weaknesses. Through this activity-based workshop, you will gain insight into how these competencies can build a strong career foundation for graduate students and new professionals. In addition, participants will walk away with an understanding of how the NACE competencies map to the discipline of student affairs.

Presenter(s): Katelyn Shellaway, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, West Chester University
Diane D'Arcangelo, Executive Associate for the Vice President for Student Affairs, West Chester University
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Personal and Ethical Foundations, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Adams

A Contemporary Look at Power and Privilege in Higher Education

We will look at current issues of power and privilege in higher education. Through this session practitioners will be able to develop an understanding of power and privilege and apply those concepts to current issues in student affairs.

Presenter(s): Vicky Nucci, Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Involvement, West Chester University
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals, Mid-level professionals
Competency Areas: Social Justice and Inclusion, Values, Philosophy and History
Room Location: Coolidge