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Educational Session #2 [clear filter]
Thursday, January 9
 

10:45am EST

A Year in the Life of a Supervisor: From Setting Expectations to Performance Improvement
What are the best practices to evaluate the employees you supervise? In this session, we will guide you through the ‘life cycle’ of feedback and evaluation. From implementing a culture of regular feedback during the onboarding process, to having crucial conversations, to self-evaluations and yearly performance reviews, you will learn how to be intentional as you build your structure for development and growth for those whom you supervise whether they are student-wage, part-time, graduate assistants, or full-time employees. Whether you are currently in a supervisor role, plan to work in a supervisor role, or want to learn what types of expectations future employers may have, this session has something for everyone with tips and proven methodologies for supporting current (or future) supervisors and supervisees.

Spark your planning and organization to structure a comprehensive feedback process, from one cycle to the next! Handouts with resources will be provided. Sponsored by the Supervision Collective – a part of UL Professional Development. Build on your new knowledge by joining us for our afternoon session: practice how to have crucial conversations through the examination of case studies.

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Speakers
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Krisztina Roder

Event Support Superviso, George Mason Student Centers
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Kelly Reid

Office and Program Administrator, George Mason Student Centers
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Christie Michals

Employer Relations Coordinator, University Career Services
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Trasi Watson

Associate Director, University Career Services



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, George's

10:45am EST

Dare to be Vulnerable: Creating Brave Spaces to Foster Authentic Student Engagement
As student demographics continue to dramatically shift in higher education, colleges and universities are engaged in national dialogue on how to best assess and respond to the unprecedented needs students bring to campus. Student Affairs Practitioners have access to a growing repository of best-practices, strategies, frameworks, and student development theory to inform their practice, but there is a lack of personalized application of how those concepts apply to each individual student.  

There is a growing area of research from multiple disciplines that suggests how courage and vulnerability are the ingredients needed to cultivate joy and sense of belonging among individuals. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, participants will explore the concepts of courage and vulnerability and identify three ways to create brave spaces for students to share authentically where they feel valued, seen, and heard.

Facilitators will provide case-study examples of how infusing courage and vulnerability in their professional practice have direct impact on student engagement, success, and well being. Participants will also learn how sharing the student impact of courage and vulnerability with their colleagues boosts moral and serves as a powerful reminder of the 'why' behind the work we do as educators.

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Speakers
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Bradley Brooks

ADVANCE Success Coaches, University Life
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Sabrey Garling

ADVANCE Success Coaches, University Life
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Sharon Kim

ADVANCE Success Coaches, University Life



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room B

10:45am EST

Resilience on the ODU Campus
Due to the increasing demand for mental health services and the increasing severity of issues seen in counseling centers, many schools are implementing resilience programming on campus. This session will describe ODU’s resilience initiative. The presenters will discuss the key concepts involved in resilience and describe the behaviors that indicate resilience. We will share a variety of efforts including our: Resilience Committee, Monarchs Bounce Back, Monarch Mind, First Class, and presentations to student organizations. Participants will learn about the efforts being made on the ODU campus and will be given the opportunity to think about ways that resilience can be increased on their own campus.

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Speakers
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Nancy Badger

Executive Director, Counseling Services, Old Dominion University
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Dr. Johnny Young

Associate VP for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Old Dominion University



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room F

10:45am EST

Retaining African-American Males in College: Hands up! Stop, Wait. Do I Belong Here?
Learning Objectives:
• At the conclusion of the presentation the audience will be able to identify the Cool Pose behavior and to create positive responses
•Participants will be able to recognize the impact of the stereotype threat for men of color and determine positive strategies to implement.
•Faculty, Staff and students will walk away with a blueprint on how to build community with Men of Color Alumni and students.

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Speakers
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Carlton Goode

Academic Advisor, Student Success



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room A

10:45am EST

Sprinting toward SLOs – Student Learning Outcomes in Student Affairs Work
The national context increasingly requires student affairs units to identify the ways in which their work contributes to student learning in the institutional context, and practitioners have been challenged to measure the impact of their work, demonstrated in metrics that were not common in past practice. To that end, institutions across the country have been working to develop, implement, and measure student learning outcomes across divisions of student affairs. In Spring 2019, University Life took on the challenge of developing and implementing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the division through a “sprint team” process and an accelerated exploration. This session will present information on the compelling national context for the use of SLOs, the institutional and divisional approach Mason and UL are utilizing, and hands-on activities about how to put SLOs into practice in the work of a unit.

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Speakers
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CRESTON LYNCH

Associate Dean, George Mason University
Creston Lynch is the Associate Dean for University Life & Deputy Title IX Coordinator. He supports the projects and units related to diversity, equity, and inclusion including the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education & LGBTQ+ Resources; the Women & Gender Studies... Read More →
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Dr. Sally Lorentson

Associate Dean, University Life
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Elysia Lash (she/her)

Interim Director, University Life Assessment



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room C

10:45am EST

Supporting Students with Disabilities and Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Nationally, the number of students that Disability Services offices serve on college campuses continues to grow relative to overall student enrollment. This increase comes with a shift towards more complex student needs and accommodations across campus, both in and outside of the classroom. In an effort to recognize disability as an aspect of the diversity that comes with increased enrollment and foster inclusive campus environments, it is increasingly important for all members of campus communities to deliver educational opportunities, programs, and support services while addressing disability-related needs and behavioral challenges appropriately.

Participants will leave this interactive and engaging session with greater knowledge about what Disability Services offices do, strategies and tips related to disability etiquette, and approaches for managing potentially challenging behavior across different university contexts. A majority of the session will be spent encouraging and facilitating interactive dialogue around ways that individuals have addressed challenging behaviors in the past, current questions they may have about disabilities more broadly, and to share tips and strategies around disability etiquette.

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Speakers
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Morgan Strimel

Access Consultant, Disability Services
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Naomi Martinez- Jones

Director, Disability Services
Naomi Martinez-Jones is the Director of Disability Services at George Mason University. She has over 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities in secondary and post-secondary education and in the community. Naomi received her undergraduate degree in Special Education... Read More →



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room G

10:45am EST

Supporting the Well-Being of George Mason University Student Activists
Bjornsen-Ramig and Kissinger (2018) affirmed that student involvement in the intense arena of advocacy/organizing can shape student mental health and overall wellness. Yet, little is still known about how best to serve student advocates and organizers. Given this gap in our understanding, we undertook a research effort to unpack a distinct element of this experience: social justice and human rights (SJHR) student activist burnout. At this symposium, we present a portion of a larger project exploring the well-being of SJHR student activists, for which we conducted interviews with 14 SJHR student activists at George Mason University (GMU).

Among other findings, the interviews revealed that (a) there is prevalence of burnout among the student activists that has affected their bodies and their activism, and each has their own burnout response and (b) there exists a need for more institutional training on how to cope with activist burnout. Given the passion for positive social change student activists possess, as educators committed to holistic student development, we must not only help shepherd students into an engaged citizenry, but we must also care for their total well-being. In this presentation, we will unpack the study findings and discuss recommendations for practice at GMU.

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Speakers
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Graziella McCarron

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
As a former student/academic affairs professional and as a current leadership studies faculty member, Dr. Graziella McCarron brings 20+ years of work focused on holistic student development, increasing students' access to higher education, community-building, and creating learning... Read More →
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Cher Weixia Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, International Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice and Human Rights, School of Integrative Studies



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room E

10:45am EST

What can TV’s “The Good Place” teach us about Positive Change?
If you have been following the news recently, you have likely observed major societal problems. Can a TV sitcom help us learn ways to create positive change? NBC’s “The Good Place” is a show in which humans are scored on how ethical they are, in order to determine their place in the afterlife. This session will introduce participants to the 5A’s of positive change using examples and video clips from “The Good Place.”

Are you addressing all 5A’s of positive change? Some of us help students, faculty and/or staff to clearly identify important issues, increasing AWARENESS; some focus on the commitment to make the world a better place, highlighting ASPIRATION; some introduce critical decision-making principles, emphasizing ANALYSIS; others concentrate on the importance of follow-through, prioritizing ACTION; and some provide opportunities for reflection and revision, advocating ADAPTATION. How many of us are doing all five effectively? Attend this session to better understand the 5A’s of positive change and how they can re-focus your work.

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Speakers
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Nick Lennon

Director, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)
Director, Leadership Education and Development



Thursday January 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Room D