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Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference

Student affairs professionals provide opportunities for personal growth and help students make healthy decisions within a framework of Catholic values. In 2017, ACCU launched a conference specially designed for these campus leaders. Complementing ACCU’s 2017 Annual Meeting, the conference carried the theme, “Radical Hospitality and Student Affairs Leadership: Beyond Creating a Welcoming Environment” and included discussion of:

  • Radical Hospitality, Solidarity, and Subsidiarity 
  • Engaging the Campus Community in a Conversation about Equity and Inclusion
  • Faithful Catholic Hospitality to LGBT Students 
  • Plus, targeted, attendee-driven roundtable discussions


The program included several sessions that looked at "Programming and Dialogue on Campus: What’s Working and What Isn’t?" ACCU is grateful to the following presenters for allowing their materials to be offered here:

#RaceMatters: The Evolution of a Campaign at St. Bonaventure University
Richard Trietley,
Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Bonaventure University

Nichole Gonzalez
, Executive Director for Residential Living and Conduct, St. Bonaventure University
#RaceMatters is a campaign at St. Bonaventure University that grew from a cross-campus committee with the presidential charge to develop a yearlong programming effort dedicated to race and ethnicity. Trietley and Gonzalez discussed aspects of the program that continue to be a success, as well as growing pains, assessment data, and university planning efforts that led the committee to evolve beyond race and ethnicity.

University of Dayton:  China Institute
Jia Jia Wei, Executive Director, the China Institute, and Director of International Initiatives
Christine Schramm, Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, University of Dayton
Nicholas Johnson, Director of Student Life at the China Institute
The University of Dayton China Institute is committed to providing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable education abroad experiences to all students. To reflect that commitment, the university developed a comprehensive student and residential life experience at the China Institute with the goal of educating the whole person in the Catholic and Marianist tradition. This panel discussed a variety of topics within the context of international student development, including staffing structure, training and management, pre-departure and on-site student orientation and resources, and the co-curricular model for intercultural learning.

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