Educational Sessions

Block 1 10.21 9:45am-10:45am

The Art of Story Telling Through Your Resume & Cover Letter PT 1
Diana Lee, Staphany Lopez-Coronado, and Kristy Vienne
How do we share our experiences and talents through resumes and cover letters when everyone has one? How will I stand out? The times are changing, technology is advancing and so has to the way we market ourselves! This applies to ourselves as we venture to new positions/functional areas, but also to our students who submit resumes for a student leader position or a part time job in our offices. In this session we will explore what it means to share our most authentic stories on a piece of paper and encouraging our students to do the same.

Let’s talk about developing a learning orientation: HESA faculty roundtable
Krista Bailey and Peggy Holzweiss
Faculty are invited to join us for a round table to discuss what programs are doing to help students develop and maintain a learning orientation while in graduate school.

Co-Curricular Conversations: Leading Students to Reflect on their Out-of-Classroom Experiences
Katy Williams and Jayson Douglas
Student engagement in co-curricular activities offers a wealth of skill development and application, but do students recognize and articulate the marketable skills they should have learned in those spaces? How are we as student affairs professionals supporting students to engage in meaningful conversations about the transferability of their co-curricular activities to their personal and professional goals? Using the framework of Adult Learning Theory, participants in this session will collaboratively discuss and identify strategies to engage students in co-curricular conversations. Additionally, participants will skill-build in the area of co-curricular mapping using CampusLabs new paths feature in Engage.

Lessons Learned: Measuring Marketable Skills and Making it Meaningful for Students
Sara Hillis Ousby, Melanie Mitchell, Tricia Rodriguez, and Emily Bilcik
The University of North Texas is measuring marketable skills through the Career Connect E-portfolio and high impact practices QEP. Presenters will share an overview of student affairs engagement in Career Connect and findings from two projects within Student Affairs, Alternative Service Breaks and the We Mean Green Fund Committee (an environmental sustainability project). Presenters will share results, conclusions, and recommendations for each project. Participants and presenters will engage in conversation addressing challenges and lessons learned in implementing the measurement of marketable skills in the co-curricular environment. Presenters will share strategies for overcoming our biggest lesson learned, making it meaningful to students.

Building a Legacy of Leaders: Men of Color Mentorship Programming
Cesar Quezada and Danny Reyna
Mentorship programs in higher education have benefited first-generation students, many whom are part of the increasing population of Latino men, on college campuses. This presentation will discuss the implementation of, and highlight the success of, the Latino-American Mentorship Program (LAMP) at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The nationally recognized program has become a reflection of success for student programming and leads the university diversity and inclusion efforts. Join the LAMP leaders for a discussion about empowering students, navigating the conversations of funding and successful programming on higher education campuses.

Promoting Employability and Marketable Skills Through Student Conduct Processes
Corey J. Benson, Iliana B. Melendez, Kalyn Cavazos, and Dayna W. Ford
College graduates face numerous obstacles when seeking employment after graduation. Increased demands from employers regarding career readiness, professionalism, and the ability to work with people from all different backgrounds serve as examples of unmet needs employers are voicing of recently hired college graduates. The student conduct process can serve as a critical point of intervention to incorporate transformative learning practices and developmental interventions to foster social responsibility, promote career readiness, and enhance employability. This session will discuss how the student conduct process can promote student success and employability and support institutions in accomplishing the 60x30TX marketable skills goal through skills inventories and active, developmental sanctions.

Block 2 10.21 11am-12pm

Like a Boss: Shaping Student Employability through Co-Curricular Learning & Involvement
Kalyn Cavazos
Have your students sought out efforts in helping them prepare for job interviews, internships, or other endeavors in their desired academic fields and beyond? Do you struggle with incorporating employability into your advisement? Hit pause and learn to apply reflective practices in your advising that can help enhance students’ employability for their future and beyond. This session will provide tangible practices to utilize at your institution to effectively incorporate into advising student organization(s) and leader(s).

Leadership Institutes: Building and Sustaining a Legacy of Student Leaders
Brandelyn Flunder, Krysta Chacon, and Hollie Yang
With the transition of student leaders annually, both physically and potentially ideologically, it is imperative for advisors and students to find methods of maintaining functional student organizations. The Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) at The University of Texas at Austin achieves this by hosting six university-sponsored cultural/identity-based leadership institutes. Using qualitative and anecdotal data and a SWOT analysis of the current program, MEC staff will explain how these programs create a strategic pipeline for student leaders to find a common purpose while also preparing them to hold future leadership positions on and off campus.

Identifying and Articulating Skills from Cocurricular Experiences: A Collaboration of Leadership and Career Education
Lacey Folsom and Jamie Bouldin
Recent research through Project CEO (Cocurricular Experience Outcomes) shows that the skills students develop through co-curricular activities are a direct match to many skills that employers state they are seeking in recent college graduates and new hires. Leadership and career educators at Stephen F. Austin State University collaborated to develop two programs which assist students in recognizing and articulating these skills – Certified Student Leader and Lumberjacks GROW (Guided Reflection on Work). These programs are designed to teach students how to successfully connect their cocurricular experiences to transferable skills, which increases not only their leadership development but impacts their career preparation.

Character Strengths: The Secret Sauce to Strategic Personal Success
Michelle Lopez
According to survey research from the VIA Institute on Character, “most people (up to two-thirds) do not have meaningful awareness of their strengths. What’s more, it’s all-too-common for people to underuse their strengths.” Spot your Signature Strengths by completing the VIA Survey online at prior to the session. Learning the Secret Sauce to Success will help you take notice of your best strengths and the strategies to use them, because they are essential, effortless and energizing.

Crafting a Legacy: Reimagining Emerging Leader Education through a Social Change Lens
Mohammad Khan and Amanda Handsbur
With student activism and social movements on the rise (Boren, 2019), leadership educators must commit to more socially and culturally-relevant leadership education. In preparing emerging leaders for their college experience and future actions around social justice, a forum for engaging in controversy with civility and analyzing the world through a critical lens must be established. This session will introduce a model for an emerging leader program using values-based leadership as in practice at a large public institution.

Behavioral Intervention Team Trends & Standards of Practice
Amy Murphy
Behavioral Intervention Teams (BIT) remain a recommended practice for campus safety and wellness, highlighted again in the recent 2018 U.S. Secret Service and Homeland Security report on enhancing school safety. Dr. Amy Murphy will explore current trends in behavioral intervention and the research-based standards of practice for behavioral intervention teams. Participants will discuss emerging issues related to disruptive and dangerous students and consider lessons learned from recent incidents of violence. The session will also examine aspects of BIT related to other functional units in Student Affairs, such as case management, student conduct, counseling, prevention programs, and diversity.

Block 3 10.21 2pm-3pm

Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program Informational
Staphany Lopez-Coronado and Kristy Vienne
The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to provide intensive professional development experience, mentoring, and support to future leaders in the Association and the field of Student Affairs. The Fellowship is open to current graduate students and new professionals. The Program is funded by the TACUSPA Foundation and pairs a Fellow with a TACUSPA volunteer leader to complete a project selected by the Board of Directors. Throughout the fellows’ term, they will be guided and mentored by an experienced Association volunteer leader under the supervision of a Board Member. Come learn more about the program and how to apply!

Research & Writing for Publication
Ashley Spicer-Runnels, Teresa Simpson, and Jennifer Edwards
This session will bring together practitioners and faculty to share their experience and lessons learned on their journey to publication. Participants will engage in a conversation regarding tips and tools to aid in conducting research and writing for publication. Attendees will learn about the experiences of the professionals that have engaged in the publication process, learn tips and tools to aid in conducting research and writing for publication, and identify action items to begin exploring research and publication opportunities. The purpose of this session is to demystify the publishing process and minimize imposter feelings among those interested.

Students as Colleagues: Utilizing and Developing Students Through Hiring Practices
Nathaniel Tuthill and Marcos Villarreal
Participants will explore tools and methods to enhance students’ professional development growth using a combination of theories and practice. Expanding on theories such as Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Theory allows students to grow in their effectiveness as a leader and enhance their assessment abilities. Utilizing these practices has helped with successful recruitment numbers, accompanying strategies, and have provided students with transferable skills and marketable experiences when applying to the workforce or graduate and professional programs.

Leadership Development in Paraprofessional Roles
Hollie Smith
This presentations provides practitioners with practical examples on how to include leadership development as a core competency and learning outcome for students in paraprofessional roles through purposeful experiences.

Bridging the Gap: Navigating Latinx Students Success in High Impact Practices
Jayson Douglas
High Impact Practices (HIPs) are life-changing experiences for students that facilitate meaningful interactions with faculty, staff, and students. Educational research suggests HIPs increase student retention, engagement, and develop marketable skills for students from the Latinx community. HIPs often take practice in the forms of first-year experiences, learning communities, service-learning, study abroad, and writing-intensive courses. With an extensive lack of ethnic representation among faculty/staff on college campuses, a cultural deficiency exists in programs that include Latinx students. Through a co-curricular lens, this session will engage participants in a discussion on High Impact Practices and critical success measures for Latinx students.

How Higher Education Professionals Can Mitigate Global Epidemics
Kayla Stovall
Higher education and public health are parts of the same fabric. Integrating knowledge and understanding from both higher education and public health professionals creates the perfect formula to cure the most pressing global epidemics of this generation. In this session, attendees will discuss how these two dynamic fields are interrelated and how higher education professionals can incorporate public health practices to accomplish their mission. We will interactively examine the following topics that lie at the intersection of these disciplines; preparedness by utilizing resources effectively, inspiring behavior change, as well as educating and learning from subgroups using multifaceted approaches.

Block 4 10.21 3:30pm-4:30pm

Money Moves: How to Teach Students about Financial Literacy
Danielle Davis
$33,460 is the average student loan debt! As a higher education professionals, we have to do a better job of teaching our students financial literacy. The poor money management decisions they make in college follows them for the rest of their life. Come learn some easy tips and programs ideas and other ways to engage your students about their money moves!

Becoming an Imagineer: Designing a magical experience for your students and staff
Brandon Griggs, Amanda Olson, and Michael Scott
Need a restart? Want to design a creative workspace? In our roles we sometimes silo ourselves within our individual roles and departments and sometimes we get stuck in the tradition of living in the past, which leave us with the feeling of staleness. Join us as we [RE]conceptualize our approach within higher education to design and implement a more creative experience for all staff and students by applying Disney and Pixar culture to our world.

Meet Them Where They Are: Adventures and Data in Transfer Outreach
Margaret Garry
The HSI STEM IMPACT Program at Texas State University has been tasked with enhancing and strengthening transfer outreach to students interested in STEM majors. This session will explore different methods that staff use to reach out to prospective transfer students and review data collected after surveying participants and conducting a focus group. Participants will learn more about strengths and weaknesses of outreach strategies and have an opportunity to brainstorm ways of connecting with this important group of students. This session is geared towards professionals in a range of functional areas whose work touches on prospective transfer student outreach and support.

CliftonStrengths-based Approach to Supervising
Shauna Sobers
An opportunity for supervisors to learn some promising practices of how to incorporate a strengths-based approach to supervising and leadership development. This session with share resources and tools that can be used to go beyond taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment tool and identify practical ways to use the common language and understanding.

To Get There We Have To Work TOGETHER: Building Social Justice Coalitions with Faculty and Staff
Veronica Beavers and Jalon Berry
For years, there has been a divide between academic affairs and student affairs in higher education. At Stephen F. Austin State University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs has worked to minimize this gap by building programs that allow faculty and staff to work together to promote marginalized student success and diversity and social justice education for the entire university. During this session, we will discuss current initiatives that we conduct at our institution that has received critical acclaim across campus.

Tweet, post, share: How to enhance your office’s social media presence and engagement through service learning
Ahmet Aksoy and Christine Self
Service-learning provides students with real-life experiences, which benefits others and the community. In a collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs, students complete an assignment that exposes them to real life social media communication practices. As a result, student affairs departments can benefit by receiving professional-quality social media campaign proposals. These can be used to aid in enhancing their social media presence, while providing students with transferable skills. This presentation aims to illustrate this project.

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Block 5 10.22 8:30am-9:30am

Practice What You Preach: Resume Review Session
Diana Lee, Staphany Lopez-Coronado, and Kristy Vienne
This is a come and go session! Stop by and let us help you add the final touches to your resume, peer review your cover letter, maximize your LinkedIn profile, or help reflect and articulate your experiences.

Beyond Academics: Leveraging Your Learning Management System
Lauren Loper and Alex Patlan
Abstract: With institutional budgets tightening and the capacity of staff members being stretched, colleges and universities are exploring avenues to provide their students services in creative but intentional ways. As students are familiar with Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Blackboard and Canvas, post-secondary education professionals can leverage their LMS to develop asynchronous and online support options for students. Participants of this session will have the opportunity to hear about two successful LMS student support programs and be provided a framework to utilize on their own campuses.

"Dammit, Jim, I’m a Chairperson, Not a Judge!": Student Conduct Chairperson Training
Alyssa Leffall and Kristen Harrell
While training is a staple in our profession, training panel chairpersons to manage complex student conduct systems presents its own unique set of opportunities and challenges. Critical responsibilities for this role often include understanding the various nuances in the student conduct code, making challenging procedural decisions, and dealing with difficult personalities. This session will provide insight on training panel chairs, including foundational content, group exercises, and experiential learning opportunities. It will also explore methods to inform staff training needs and influence staff wellbeing and motivation. This session can be helpful for individuals with a wide range of student conduct experience.

From ABC to XYZ
Shanna Moody and Daron Trussell
Millennials are old news, and Generation Z is taking over. As this up and coming groups transitions from grade school to college it is essential to consider how they differ from their predecessors. By learning from Gens X and Y, we can better adapt to Gen Z. These students are more diverse, laser-focused, and looking to customize their educational experience. This session highlights considerations when working with Gen Z students, including the use of technology, overcoming time constraints, providing career preparation, supporting diversity and individuality, and the importance of personal development.

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