Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference

to everyone who made the Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference such a success
“Radical Hospitality and Student Affairs Leadership: Beyond Creating a Welcoming Environment”
January 28, 2017

The 2017 inaugural ACCU Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference proudly welcomed more than 50 attendees who explored such topics as:

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  • 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 presenters of these sessions, who have allowed their presentations to be offered here:

1. “Engaging the Campus Community in a Conversation About Equity and Inclusion”
Rev. Tim Brown, SJ, Assistant to the President for Mission and Ministry, and Associate Professor of Law and Responsibility, Loyola University Maryland
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, Loyola University Maryland
How does the university proceed with structural change regarding diversity and inclusion? This presentation will discuss the format and results of a campus-wide discussion on what is essential for a university to begin a process of structural change.

2. “#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 will discuss 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.

3. "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 will discuss 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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