2018 DVSAC Educational Session Program Proposal

Submissions received by Friday, October 20, 2017 will receive priority consideration.

*Since conference registration is waived for one presenter, we ask that you remain at the conference for the duration and field questions from and engage in conversation with conference attendees.

This session submission form is for standard 60 minute sessions.

Please make sure you have the following information available as the submission must be completed in one sitting.
- All presenters' names and contact information
- Title, short abstract, outline and learning objectives for your session
- Competency areas and target audience

We are working with the Chubb Conference Center on all A/V and set-up information. If there are updates in these areas, we will contact you with follow-up questions or needs.

Ready to submit? Complete the submission form HERE.


2017 DVSAC Presentations

Block 1 (10:10-11:10 AM):

Deeper Dive into Campus Philly’s Student Engagement
Campus Philly’s president, Deborah Diamond, will present the three elements that go into Campus Philly’s successful student engagement programs: marketing, programming and evaluation. Using examples of Campus Philly’s off-campus programming, she will present case studies and invite discussion around what makes for a successful off-campus student experience. 

Deborah Diamond, Ph.D., President, CampusPhilly.org

Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Washington B

Freshmen Seminar - What All Freshmen Need To KnowThis presentation will describe the Freshmen Seminar Program implemented for incoming student-athletes at Saint Joseph's University in absence of a university wide course.  The program identifies topics that impact freshmen student-athletes during their freshmen year.
1.  Develop a program to assist in academic services.
2.  Provide information on academic resources at SJU.
3.  Use of a planner and introduction to time management tools.
4.  Introduction to NCAA and institutional academic guidelines.

Janet Greder, Saint Joseph's University, Director, Educational Support Services for Student Athletes     Taylor Weidensaul, Saint Joseph's  University, Assistant Director, Educational Support Services for Student Athletes  
Dr. Patricia Haslam, 
Saint Joseph's  University, Learning Specialist

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Student Learning & Development 
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Ridge

Advising the Struggling Student  
Struggling students take many forms: the disengaged, the unprepared, and those that just seem behind. Student affairs practitioners are uniquely positioned to bolster struggling student confidence, connect struggling students to resources, and prepare struggling students to meet their post-graduation goals. This workshop will help student affairs practitioners identify struggling students, strengthen campus networks, deepen strengths-based advising practice, and develop career advising skills to empower students in their post-graduation goals.      

Sarah Todd, Director for Talent and Career Development, Eastern University  
 Joanna Craig, Assistant Director for Talent and Career Development, Eastern University

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Student Learning & Development    
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Washington C

Choose your Own Adventure: Creating an Opt-In Training Program for Student Leaders
While initial pre-semester training is important, ongoing training can help RAs and peer educators (tutors, SI Leaders) alike to develop their skills and solve problems in real time.  In this interactive workshop, the presenters will detail how they are using monthly, opt-in training programs to develop their respective staffs.  They will also provide a Starter Kit to help participants to begin a program on their own campuses.    

Kristen Goldberg, Director, Office of Learning Resources, Saint Joseph's University    
Elizabeth Ali, Assistant Director for Residential Education, Office of Residence Life, Saint Joseph's University    
NASPA/ACPA Competency: Leadership, Student Learning & Development   
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location:  Washington A

It's Not You, It's Me
Often times marginalized student affairs professionals are viewed as the sole advocate for their oppressed identity. This burden links to an increased level of burn out, and identity battle fatigue. How can we as student affairs professionals support and become positive allies of our colleagues, students and ourselves.  Also, how to remain being functional advocates for our students who may not have a voice. 

Taylor A. Madden, Residence Director, Rosemont College
Ashley N. Archer, Residence Hall Manager, St. Josephs University

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Social Justice and Inclusion
Target Audience: Any/All Levels
Room Location: Brandywine

Preparing a New Generation for Service
As the traits and characteristics of our college students continue to evolve, so must our approaches to student development and preparation for various experiences. Through two case studies involving service opportunities at Temple University and St. Joseph’s University, this session will explore how changes were made to existing programs in order to best engage and develop our students.

Chris Carey, Director of Student Activities, Temple University
Jill Amitrani Welsh, Assistant Director of the Faith Justice Institute, Saint Joseph's University

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Barren Hill

New Professionals Roundtable
This session will bring together new professionals (generally defined as 0 to 3 years of higher education experience regardless of current position) for a discussion on current topics impacting new professionals in the field.

Dr. Walter Perry, Associate Dean, Director of Multicultural Affairs, University of the Sciences

Target Audience: Graduate Students/New Professionals

Room Location: Whitemarsh

Block 2 (11:20 AM-12:20 PM):

Diversity & Inclusion for New SA Professionals
As new student affairs professionals we must have knowledge on current events and factors impacting students regarding the topic of diversity and inclusion. College campuses are becoming more diverse in a variety of different levels including but not limited to gender and sexuality diversity, age, race, religion, and many more. How are you as a new student affairs professional addressing these changes? How will you best serve your student in a forever changing community? Who do you reach out to for help and resources? And how do you engage in conversations that you don’t feel prepared to lead.

Natacha Reyes, Graduate Assistant, Cedar Crest College
Tatiana Diaz, Director of Diversity and Inclusion , Cedar Crest College   

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Personal and Ethical Foundations, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: 
Graduate students, New professionals
Room Location: Washington C

Transitioning to College:  Examining Faculty and First-Year Student Expectations of College Success
Advisors spend time orienting first-year students to college but little is known about their expectations for college success.  A study examined first-year student characteristics (e.g., self-esteem, entitlement, motivation, engagement, self-control) and their perceptions of academic situations.  Faculty were surveyed on the same academic situations and their perceptions of what is needed for academic success.  Results showed significant discrepancies between first-year students and faculty on many of the measures.  Findings will be discussed, as they could lead to useful interventions to increase first-year academic success and retention.

Kerrie Baker, Professor of Psychology, Cedar Crest College
Diane Moyer, Professor of Psychology, Cedar Crest College
Calley Stevens Taylor, Director of Student Success and Retention, Cedar Crest College

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Assessment, Evaluation & Research, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Ridge

Wait, there is learning involved in planning events?
The Campus Event Advisory Group (CEAG) at Lehigh is a consultative group of Lehigh-affiliated individuals, groups, and organizations requesting to host a more involved campus activity. By assembling key campus partners we are equipped to assist students as they transform their ideas into activities and events which will positively impact the social and educational environment of the campus. While serving in an educational, as well as an advisory capacity, student presenters are asked reflective questions to engage and enable them to make more informed decisions. Areas addressed include risk management, event logistics, and campus policies. 

Matthew Kitchie, Senior Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities, Lehigh University
Carol Hill, Director of Student Center Facilities, Lehigh University
Richard Freeman, Director of Risk Management, Lehigh University
Bill Dewalt, Assistant General Counsel, Lehigh University

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Organizational and Human Resources, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Whitemarsh

Engaging Commuters: The Why, How and When’s
Commuter students are a growing population on campuses across America. As college tuition rises and college housing is increasingly more expensive, many students will choose to commute as they further their education. New waves of commuters are on our campuses andare looking to feel and be a part of the college community. This presentation’s goal is to help participants understand the importance of engaging commuter students and how and when to engage commuter students. Included in the presentation will be a discussion about what tools to use to engage commuter students.

Maureen Dillon, Engaging Commuters: The Why, How and When's, West Chester University
Sandy Jones, Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services, West Chester University    

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Washington B

Supporting Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Students on Your Campus!
As more Trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students come to our campuses nationwide it is our responsibility to make inclusive climates for all. What policies, practices, and programs help foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive of Trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) student success? As we go through the workshop, we will explore terminology, current issues for today’s transgender/gender non-conforming students as well as effective practices for improving the campus climate. In an interactive dialogue approach we will assess current programs and create recommendations for participants to take back to their campus.

Aneesah Smith, Assistant to the VPSA for LGBTQA Services and Special Projects, West Chester University      

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Social Justice and Inclusion
Target Audience: Any/all Levels
Room Location: Brandywine

The X-Factor Question: The most powerful question you could ever ask & answer
One of the biggest mistakes Higher Ed Professionals make is setting one year goals! That’s right we said it. As a matter of fact, setting one year goals is a HUGE mistake for most Higher Ed Pros! Do you want to know why? Then attend this session, The X-Factor Question, in which you will learn how to both ask as well as answer one of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself. In this highly thought provoking session, you will be guided to think about your life in context to The X-Factor Question and learn how to integrate this powerful tool into your personal and professional life. Once you learn the X-Factor Question, you will never look at your life the same way again.

Tony D’Angelo, Founder, Collegiate Empowerment Producer

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Leadership
Room: Washington A
Target Audience: Any/all Levels

Senior Level Roundtable
This session will bring together senior level professionals (generally defined as individuals with 10 years or more of higher education experience regardless of current position) for a discussion on the field of student affairs.

Presenter: William Bordak, Director, Community Standards, Saint Joseph’s University

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Organizational and Human Resources
Target Audience: Senior-Level Professionals

Room Location: American

Lunch (12:30-1:45 PM)

Inclusion Panel (1:45-2:45 PM, Washington A, B, & C)

This panel will briefly explore the current and upcoming challenges that we as student affairs administrators will likely face in the coming year as we best support diverse students in our campus communities.  For the last couple of years many institutions have been hard at work creating more inclusive campuses, this can include admissions practices, programs available, infrastructure and academic programs.  With the national conversation on diversity and inclusion changing, how can campuses prepare and what can be done to support these efforts?
Dr. Betsy Crane, Widener University, Professor, Center for Human Sexuality Studies (Former Director of Graduate Programs in Human Sexuality)
Dr. Christine Mecke, St. Joseph’s University, Director of Student Disability Services
Venus Ricks, Lebanon Valley College, Former Director of Multicultural Affairs, current adjunct faculty
Dave Tobias, Ursinus College, Vice President for Enrollment
Moderator, Tatiana Diaz, Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Cedar Crest College

Room Location: Washington A, B, & C

Block 3 (2:55-3:55 PM):

Working in the Middle: Mid-Level Professionals' Roundtable
This session will bring together mid-level professionals (defined generally as having 3-10 years of experience regardless of current position) for a discussion of professional development, further education, and reflections on experiences we have had and want to have.

Learning outcomes: develop community with other mid-level professionals; share strategies and developmental opportunities; connect theory and best practices for professional development with lived practice.

Ben Huelskamp, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, Rosemont College

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Personal and Ethical Foundations, Values, Philosophy and History

Target Audience: Mid-level professionals
Room Location: Brandywine

College Rocks: Supporting Retention Through an Engaging Online Summer Course

In order to increase retention and provide additional support for at-risk populations without overburdening staff or budgets, Lebanon Valley College developed “College Rocks!,” an interactive online summer course that complements and offers a preview of the newly-implemented First-Year Experience program. Offered exclusively to all incoming freshmen at no cost, FYE 099 aims to equip incoming students with the knowledge and self-awareness to become successful, “rock star” students.    

Shannon Brandt,  Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs, Lebanon Valley College
Beth Julian, Director of the Center for Writing and Tutoring Resources, Lebanon Valley College  
Todd Snovel, Director of Student Engagement, Lebanon Valley College

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Helping, Student Learning & Development   
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Barren Hill

Mental Health/Self-Harm Liability Risks and Mitigation
This presentation will educate administrators on the latest guidance for responding to student threats of self-harm, including when and how to appropriately and effectively use student discipline or involuntary leaves of absence on the front end.  In this practical and interactive discussion, presenters will also address emerging trends in how courts are dealing withallegations of institutional liability for student suicide. 

Joshua W.B. Richards, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
Christina D. Riggs, Associate, Saul Ewing LLP

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Law, Policy & Governance
Target Audience: Any/All Levels
Room Location: Ridge

Stranger in a Strange Land: How transmitting cultural capital and college “know how” can empower first-generation students to succeed and graduate
Many students, especially first-generation (FGS), may not possess the institutional and cultural capital necessary to transition into the role of college student nor have access to others who possess this capital. Consequently, these students disproportionately do not integrate into the campus culture, leading to academic struggles and failure to persist and graduate. We will examine the challenges facing FGS in their acclimation to college-level work through Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of cultural capital, habitus, and field before exploring how these theories can provide the foundation of proven success programs like academic coaching.

Michael Sparrow, Associate Dean, Academic Success, Northampton Community College    

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Advising & Supporting, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Room Location: Washington A

Zero Shades of Gray (Sex Assault Education)
Imagine a sexual assault conversation that isn't a scare tactic or boring podium lecture packed full of statistics. Imagine an experience that isn't focused on the victim, but rather preventing assault in the first place. Imagine a session where counselors don't need to be standing outside the door because participants don't feel uncomfortable with the topic.

Now imagine no more. Zero Shades of Gray applies the Collegiate Empowerment best practices of delivering a high-energy, interactive, engaging, and fun experience that is totally relevant and hits the biggest points of how to approach sexual assault on campus.

Marian Barshinger, Collegiate Empowerment Facilitator

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: New/Mid-level professionals, Title IX Coordinators

Room: Whitemarsh

Drugs, Sex, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Greek Community
This session focuses on a model we have implemented at USciences called the 6 Pack. The 6 Pack is made up of 6 topics that we believe should be addressed on campus, based on evidence from student conduct cases and conversations with students. This is an opportunity for us to educate the Greek community in a positive and holistic manner. Although there is a long list of topics that could be included in our 6 Pack, we selected 6 because we see these issues as being the most prevalent on our campus at USciences. This session will offer an overview of our process, and provide you with the opportunity to design a 6 Pack for your institution. 

Randi Miller, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, University of the Sciences
Ross Radish, Associate Dean of Students & Title IX Student Administrator, University of the Sciences   
NASPA/ACPA Competency: Assessment, Evaluation & Research, Law, Policy & Governance, Student Learning & Development
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals, Mid-level professionals
Room Location: Washington B

Creating a Seat at ‘The Table’: Strategies for helping international students feel at “home”
According to The Wall Street Journal (2015), “American colleges and universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of international students.” In order to best serve our students it is important to create an environment that is warm, welcoming and meets their needs. As Student Affairs educators, we need to understand the needs of international students. In many ways, the international student is a “non-traditional” student. This session will explore some of the unique issues faced by international students, issues that the average American student might not confront. The session will conclude with a discussion on solutions to this.

Jahmai Fisher, Graduate Hall Director, West Chester University of Pennsylvania     

NASPA/ACPA Competency: Personal and Ethical Foundations, Social Justice and Inclusion
Target Audience: Any/All Levels
Room Location: Washington C

Networking Reception and Raffle (4:00 PM)