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Thursday, January 10
 

8:30am EST

Check-In
Thursday January 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Johnson Center, Ground Floor Lobby

9:00am EST

Symposium Welcome
Thursday January 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:20am EST

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Career Readiness: Convert Your On-Campus Job into an On-Campus Internship
Internship experiences are highly valued by employers and students alike; however, a significant internship experience continues to be out of reach for many of our students due to financial constraints, international student status, lack of reliable transportation, or limitations stemming from a seen or unseen disability. Even without these hurdles, often students lack the confidence or work experience needed to pursue their dream internship opportunity. For many, an on-campus internship presents a much needed and attainable solution.
 
In the past 5 years, many colleges and universities have implemented on-campus internship programs in various forms to support their students’ career-readiness goals. As UL is Mason’s largest employer of student-wage and work-study employees, we are uniquely positioned to lead Mason’s efforts to convert existing opportunities into internships and develop new ways our students can benefit from an internship experience in our division.  

Speakers
KL

Kristin Leonato

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, University Career Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room D

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Changing the Way We Ask For and Use Student Demographic Information
Do you know who is attending your event? Do you know who is coming into your office? Do you know who responded to your survey? Are they representative of the greater population you are trying to serve? Are you missing information that exists in Banner? Does our Banner information leave out part of the story about the population you serve? Are your surveys too long? Are you asking too many questions? Do you use all of the information you collect about your students? Why do you ask the questions you ask? Which questions should you be asking? How do you justify the private information that you ask? In this session, we will discuss the resources that exist to assist you in your work to understand the populations you serve (and don’t serve). Join us as we change the way we ask for and use student demographic information. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why, how, and what to ask!

Speakers
LG

LuLu Géza Kelemen

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
CK

Chelsie Khun

Graduate Professional Assistant, University Life Assessment
EL

Elysia Lash

Associate Director, University Life Assessment


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room B

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Elevating Parents in College: Promoting EPIC Success for Student-Parents
In this session, the presenters will introduce the challenges that parenting students face in college access and completion, and introduce the dual generational model as an innovative approach to supporting parenting college students and their families. Presenters will provide case scenarios of parenting students with varying histories and needs that are applicable across post-secondary settings.  Participants will discuss the scenarios, assessing their barriers to post-secondary access and attainment, identifying existing supports and resource gaps.

The presenters will challenge participants to consider student-parents as a distinct student population, and that Mason can do more to support our student-parents both inside and outside the classroom.  Presenters will review strategies to build student social capital, establish peer-to-peer supports, and develop family-friendly student programming and resources.  Additionally, presenters and participants will discuss the critical role of community-based supports and services, including benefits access, child care, and access to basic needs such as diapers and formula.  The presenters will end the session by reviewing resources and replicable strategies and interventions to engage and support parenting students and their children that, in practice, have demonstrated strong, positive outcomes across measures of student success, retention and completion.  



Speakers
SG

Samantha Greenberg

Associate Director, New Student and Family Programs
KH

Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon

Director of Educational and Career Pathways, College of Science
JP

Jennifer Pocai

Graduate Student


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room C

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Making your online services accessible
In a few weeks, UL Operations and Planning will launch its website. The site had to be easy to navigate, informative and accessible. The designers worked closely with ATI to make the site more accessible. Our first accessibility report showed a lot of work needed to be done. Henry Ford once said “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” While it may seem overwhelming, there are a few simple steps you can take to make the task easier.
 
In this session, you will learn why accessibility is important, review tips to help deliver inclusive design and discuss free tools to help identify and mitigate problem areas on your website. 

Speakers
BD

Birgit Debeerst

Associate Director, University Life
KS

Kristine S. Neuber and her service dog Grady

IT Accessibility Coordinator, Assistive Technology Initiative


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room E

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Pathway Programs Across the US and at Mason
As pathway programs gain popularity across the United States, Mason remains ahead of the game.  This program opens with a basic description of a pathway program and the current trends across the US.  Next, this program takes a closer look at INTO Mason, exploring the organizational layers of INTO and staffing at INTO Mason, the academic English and Pathway Programs INTO Mason offers, and common misconceptions about INTO Mason.  Finally, this program discusses the transitions for students from non-degree at INTO Mason to degree status, suggesting how student affairs professionals can best serve these students before, during, and after this transition.  Presenters will also open the floor for questions.

Speakers
CL

Cassandra Larson

Orientation and Engagement Coordinator, INTO Mason
AB

Ashley Bus Morgan

INTO Mason Immigration Specialist, Admissions
JR

Jasmyne Rogers

Undergraduate Education Support Specialist, Office of the Provost: Undergraduate Education/OSCAR



Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room F

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Responding to the rising mental health needs of students at Student Health Services
As the primary care on-campus healthcare providers for Mason students, Student Health Services seeks to be a campus partner in taking care of students’ wellbeing. Recognizing that mental health needs are growing in our students, we have sought innovative, evidence-based ways of addressing these needs within our clinic. Through grant funding, we initiated SBIRT (Screening and Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) and now a collaborative care model to support behavioral health within the primary care setting. By treating the physical and mental health of students holistically, we can have a significant impact on student success and retention.

We will present data supporting the effectiveness of collaborative care and how we plan to implement it at George Mason student health services. We will also talk about how you can help your students access mental health through Student Health Services, CAPS, and other campus resources.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Carol Filak

Administrative Director, Student Health Services
DL

Dr. Lisa Park

Interim Executive Director, Student Health Services
CR

Chris Rzengota

Wellness Clinician, Student health Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, George's

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Serving More Off-Campus Students through Programs and Services
National data shows that our off-campus students have a lower engagement rate and sense of belonging, but why? What does this mean for you as a practitioner? This session will explore national data, Mason data, and best practices to help your unit create a personalized plan to engage more off-campus students.  

Speakers
ED

Emilie Dubert

Associate Director, Off-Campus Student Services
HM

Hope Miller

Associate Director, Student Involvement


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room A

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Taking Care of Us Too: Self-Care Strategies for Mason Faculty and Staff
Are you stressed? We are too! Join the advocates in the Student Support and Advocacy Center for a session on workplace stress and self-care. This presentation is interactive and will give you several tools to take away for your work and your office. You will have the opportunity to take a self-care and stress inventory and to learn more about self-care as a daily and ongoing practice. We will briefly delve into mindfulness, boundary setting, and the use of affirmation.  We will end with tip and resource sharing with each other because we recognize that only when we work together can we create a culture of healing, resiliency and well-being at Mason. Come join us for an hour of meaningful self-care and discovery.  

Speakers
SB

Sabrina Barillas

Graduate Advocate, Student Support and Advocacy Center
CD

Courtney Diener

Assistant Director, Student Support and Interpersonal Violence
CL

Caitlyn Largent

Graduate Advocate, Student Support and Advocacy Center


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room G

9:35am EST

Educational Session #1: Using Gratitude to Transform Work and Life
Learning to say "thank you" was, for most of us, a part of growing up.  Well, it turns out that gratitude has more far-reaching effects than simple politeness.

In this session, we will present and discuss some of the research on gratitude, specifically the ways that gratitude can strengthen job satisfaction, job performance, and general wellbeing.

The presenters will offer examples of findings that demonstrate the effects of gratitude, and then we will engage in a conversation about our experience with gratitude, the potential to expand the scope of gratitude in our lives, and the possible benefits of doing so.

Speakers
CB

Christina Bodziak

International Advisor, International Programs and Services
JV

Judith vanBever-Green

Executive Director, International Programs and Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Gold Room (Ground Floor)

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Brand Week
Come ready to participate. Too often we find ourselves promoting the hook with an unsustainable promise, in turn creating a perceived experience. While keeping up with trends is important, authentic brands should support the interest of its audience and align with its culture.

We will present the idea around Brand Week; an initiative that looks to engage with campus community members to gather insight on the Mason experience that can inform future marketing and branding strategy. Using the Liberating Structures database, we will guide participants through a series of brainstorming activities that will contribute to the ideas of this initiative.

Speakers
AM

Anthony McLean

Marketing and Communications, Student Involvement
CN

Charles Nicholson

Senior Account Manager, Office of Communications and Marketing


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room B

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Burnt Out with Empathy and Compassion?
What do student affairs, Tibetan Buddhism, and neuroscience have in common? They all ask nuanced questions about empathy, compassion and their corresponding fatigue. In this session, we will examine how empathy and compassion are related to our work as student affairs professionals, trace their potential to intensify burnout in the fields of education and human development, and explore some of the remedies that recent research can offer. 

Speakers
ES

Emma Schmelzer

Graduate Assistant, Leadership Education and Development


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room F

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Get in FORMation: Shaping and Securing the Front Line of Form Design
Okay, Higher Ed Professionals, it’s time to get in FORMation! Creating online forms has made collecting and managing student information a lot easier. We gather a wide variety of information from our students every day. However, we need to consider the essential elements of creating better forms and avoiding form overload. What types of forms do you create? What information are you looking to collect through the creation of online forms? What existing information do you already have about your students? Prove to us you have what it takes to shape and secure the front lines of form design. 

Speakers
BD

Birgit Debeerst

Associate Director, University Life
TM

Telli Morris

Assistant Director, University Life
KW

Karen Wolf

Technology Coordinator, University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room A

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Note-Taking at Mason - Whatever Floats Your Notes
Successful note-takers demonstrate consistent transcription fluency, strong working memory, and the ability to identify important content with speed and accuracy.  Students with disabilities and functional limitations in any one of these areas will most likely experience challenges in recording effective lecture notes compared to their non-disabled peers.  To ensure appropriate access, universities often provide accommodations to students with disabilities to assist in obtaining copies of lecture notes.  At Mason, this is often done by identifying or providing a volunteer note-taker or access to copies of professors’ lecture slides.  Research suggests that note-taking services may be minimally effective for content retention and recall compared to having students engage in their own note-taking processes.

Participants will be asked to consider how Disability Services at Mason can best support students with note-taking accommodations to increase ownership in their learning and independence in the college setting.  After covering background information related to the cognitive efforts involved in note-taking and the ways in which they can be impacted by specific disabilities, we will create a space for conversation and discussion regarding a new initiative from Disability Services in an effort to best meet the needs of students who access assistance in obtaining lecture notes.   

Speakers
MT

Morgan Thompson

Graduate Professional Assistant, Disability Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room G

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Public-Private Partnerships – The Future of Higher Education is Now: Implications for Student Affairs
As Amazon heads east to Arlington, VA and Mason plans for large-scale strategic expansion in the hi-tech arena, this session will explore implications of public-private partnerships (P3) in higher education. Mason has already placed great attention on connecting to employers, workforce, and emerging fields; the entrance of Amazon presents a unique opportunity for Mason to now lead the P3 arena on a new front: student affairs. Presenters will provide an overview of the topic, highlight current work in this space, and will introduce both opportunities and risks of public-private partnerships in academia. Participants will be asked to engage in an innovative thought process and discussion around the link between P3 and student affairs, with consideration to needs, resources, and the work of Mason’s University Life division. 

Speakers
SJ

Sang Jin Lee

MA candidate in Higher Education and Student Development
DL

Dr. Lori Cohen Scher

Assistant Dean, University Life, University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, George's

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Radical Chats - A podcast approach to professional development
Over the fall 2018 semester the Aquia & Shenandoah Residence Life team expressed an interest in reframing our approach professional development in our weekly staff meeting. So instead of purchasing a collective book, we listened to  the podcast, "Radical Candor -how not to hate the boss you have or be the boss you hate," based on the book Radical Candor. Through listening to the podcast our team engaged in dynamic conversations regarding supervision, self-awareness, and the applicability of the topics presented. Each member of the team has been able to make meaning of the podcast based upon their individual work experiences, resulting in a high level of engagement and applicability. It was an AWESOME experience!

In this session we will be sharing our experiences, engaging participants in the conversation of professional development, and discussing how this framework can be replicated in innovating your approach to professional development. 

Speakers
AB

Anthony Berardo

Accommodations Community Coordinator, Housing & Residence Life
KL

Kasene Logan

Resident Director, Housing & Residence Life
KM

Kristi Manwill

Resident Director, Housing & Residence Life
MM

Meeghan Milette

Assistant Director Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room D

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Re-imaging the New Student Experience
We have all heard rumblings of the Student Experience Redesign and may have different understandings of that process and the effort to re-imagine the New Student Experience. From the point of acceptance through the first-year of the Mason experience, there is a coordinated effort to intentionally support students throughout this pivotal stage of their journey, and provide necessary resources and programming at critical times. There have been a number of identified areas of focus through the Student Experience Redesign, including the expansion of the existing Preamble program and the creation of a new extended-orientation program, called Quill Camp. Come learn about key updates and initiatives related to the Student Experience Redesign Initiation sub-committee, as well as brainstorm new initiatives and opportunities to support students and families throughout the first year. 

Speakers
RG

Rick Gray

Director, New Student and Family Programs
KH

Kristen Hayes

Graduate Assistant, New Student and Family Programs
LW

Lauren Wagner

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, College of Visual and Performing Arts


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room E

10:45am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Student Success Groups: Accountability Partners Amongst Low GPA Students
In the spring of 2018, the presenters created Student Success groups for the Honors College. The idea around success group meetings were established to support the increasing number of students within the Honors College. The Director of Student Success found that she was meeting with many students of concern who were facing some of the same obstacles. The goal of the meetings was to bring students together to share their experiences and lessons learned while also planning toward their futures. The initial group meetings were projected to take place in the fall of 2018.

In this session, the presenters will briefly discuss the creation of a possible new idea/practice: (Student Success Groups) by reviewing a draft of the framework and curriculum. This will also include an examination of peer-reviewed literature on what researchers refer to as academic enhancement groups. The presenters will remain transparent by addressing obstacles faced in the fall 2018 semester while trying to execute the groups. Lastly, audience members will focus on specific questions related to working with groups, privacy limitations and how "success groups" could possibly create a sense of belonging and hope amongst low-GPA students.

Speakers
SH

Sehrish Hussain

Graduate Professional Assistant, Honors College
KM

Kareema M. Smith

Director of Student Success, Honors College


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room C

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: A Paradigm Shift in Defining Philanthropy: From Giving Money to Making an Impact
With state funding for higher education continuing to decline, there is increased pressure for institutions to close the funding gap with philanthropic support.  As we consider the growing importance of philanthropy in higher education, a shift must occur where philanthropy is no longer defined simply as “giving money”, but instead is considered an act of generosity to transform the wellbeing of others. This paradigm shift illustrates the need for higher education to make systematic changes to how it approaches philanthropy (Ruffalo, 2017).  

This session will provide a broad overview of philanthropy at Mason and will incorporate interactive elements throughout that will allow attendees to reflect on the role they can play in building a culture of philanthropy and a legacy of giving at their institution. Whether you are just starting to think about philanthropy and how it relates to your unit or you have current practices in place to raise funds, this session is intended for anyone interested in expanding their thoughts and engaging in dialogue around philanthropy.

Speakers
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Dr. Kaitlin Cicchetti

Director of Advancement, University Life
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Jim Laychak

Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, George's

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: Applying Universal Design to Enhance Accessibility for the Entire Mason Nation
Disability Services actively serves over 5% of the Mason student population at any given time and that number continues to grow.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26% of the US adult population currently lives with a disability.  As Mason targets total student enrollment to exceed 40,000+ students within the next 5 years—coupled with a greater focus to increase access for all students through initiatives like ADVANCE—it will become increasingly important for all members of the Mason community to deliver programming, educational opportunities, and campus-wide events that adhere to principles of Universal Design (UD). While examples of UD are more readily evident and present in our everyday lives as physical elements (e.g., automatic/sliding doors, curb cuts), there are practices that we can all incorporate into our services, policies, procedures, outreach, and instruction that enhance accessibility.  

Come learn about Disability Services and disability-related trends at Mason and across the nation more broadly.  Participants will be provided with information about Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning.  Participants will be asked to apply UD and UDL principles to their own specific services, offices, or programs with a chance to report back to the larger group.

Speakers
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Jason Northrup

Associate Director, Disability Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room G

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: Creating Meanginful Co-Curricular Experiences - Lessons from Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Mason have focused for years on innovative high impact practices through a co-curricular lens - and we would love to share some of those with you! Learn from our experiences in building partnerships and how they have helped us create some incredible experiences and living environments for our students. LLC staff will share the background and impact of some distinct examples of initiatives created over the years - from makerspaces in our halls to unique faculty engagement excursions!  Let us share our lessons in collaboration and planning and engage in a dialogue around the creation of these initiatives built to enhance the student experience outside of the classroom.

Speakers
DJ

Devon Janes

Living Learning Community Program Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life
TM

Tera Monroe

Director of Residence Life, Housing and Residence Life
AP

Aysha Puhl

Associate Director for Living Learning Communities, Housing and Residence Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room B

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: Enhancing the Student Experience through Cross-Divisional partnerships
The name of the game is Innovation here at Mason! Future success depends on uncovering new ways of doing things to increase opportunities for our students. This begins with expanding our view, widening our peripheral vision and seeing how we utilize what we already have in new and innovative ways.

Join us for an interactive session that explores how two units within separate divisions came together to elevate the student experience by reconsidering approaches to their programs. This session will also offer the opportunity for participants to engage in an activity to develop their own list of potential opportunities and work through an idea that they may have brewing.  

Speakers
LL

Lauren Long

Executive Director, Student Involvement
JT

Julie Thompson

Executive Director, Center For the Arts and Adrienne Bryant Godwin, Programming Manager, College of Visual and Performing Arts


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room D

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: First Generation Initiatives: Supporting Student Success at Mason
It is estimated that 40% of first year students at Mason are the first in their families to attend college. Mirroring national trends within higher education, these numbers are expected to climb in the coming years.  How do we meet the needs of this student population?  Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources has developed several programs and initiatives to address and advocate for our student’s needs.  During this interactive session, participants will learn about these research-based initiatives, as well as the impact these programs have had on student success and retention.  These include the continuation of the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), the establishment of the first generation peer mentoring program, and the re-establishment of a learning living community specifically for first generation students, among others.  In addition, we will also discuss the challenges faced in the implementation of these programs, as well as challenges faced reaching our commuter first generation students.  The session will include an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide feedback.  We will close this session by discussing ways we as a Mason community can continue to support our students.    

Speakers
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Brandi Blake

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Brandi Blake currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University. Her primary role is to support Black and African Heritage Students through programming, advising, support and advocacy. Additional... Read More →
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Vanessa Correa

Associate Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Vanessa Correa currently serves as Associate Director for First Generation Initiatives in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University.  Within this role, she serves as the program director for the Student Transition... Read More →
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Jan Quijada

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room C

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: Mason and JED Campus: Implementing a University-Wide Approach to the Prevention of Suicide and Serious Substance Abuse
Growing demand for mental health services and rising rates of suicidal risk in college students continue to be a challenge for universities.  Participants will be exposed to research on contributing factors, the ways in which mental health trends present differently in diverse groups of students, and the emerging best practice of taking a university-wide public health approach to the prevention of suicide and serious substance abuse.  We will present information about our grant-funded, four-year partnership with the Jed Foundation through the Jed Campus initiative that is designed to support our efforts in developing an effective public health approach to prevention at Mason.  Data from our recent administration to students of the Healthy Minds Study will be presented along with discussion of our current prevention-related programs, practices, and policies.  We will share the strategic plan recommendations we received from the JED Foundation for improving our university-wide prevention approach.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions and activities designed to both increase awareness and knowledge of the issues, and to identify opportunities for engagement in this new Mason initiative.

Speakers
DK

Dr. Katie Clare

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr. Gloria Huh

Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Gloria is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. She completed her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Texas at Austin where she worked at the Counseling... Read More →
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Dr. Rachel Wernicke

Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Rachel Wernicke is a former Army officer and a licensed clinical psychologist, currently serving as Executive Director in Counseling and Psychological Services and Interim Associate Dean in University Life. She completed her doctoral degree in psychology at American University... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room E

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: Perceptions of Sense of Belonging in Transfer Students
This presentation discusses the research funded by the National Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention's Catalyst Grant, exploring the varying ways in which transfer students develop a sense of belonging.  By exploring transfer student sense of belonging after the first semester, the preliminary findings of the study provide rich data to better assess learning outcomes associated for transitional programming targeted towards transfer students. Participants will learn how the preliminary results of the study deepen knowledge around how this timing affect a student's ability to successfully transition to a new campus environment.

Speakers
IA

Isaac Agbeshie-Noye

Education Designer, Education Design Lab
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Dr. Kimberly M. Holmes

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Health and Human Services
avatar for Dr. Adrienne D. Thompson

Dr. Adrienne D. Thompson

Associate Director for Student Success, University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room A

11:35am EST

Educational Session #2: UL Team Approach in Creation of Career Ready Graduates
George Mason University has set a Strategic Initiative of producing thousands of Career Ready Graduates over the next several years.  International Students choose George Mason University programs with an eye to employment in the United States after they graduate.  Many employers are fearful of hiring international students in this changing immigration landscape, students need to be educated on their employment benefits and how/when to deploy them, and departmental silos must be overcome in order to successfully guide a student from arrival, through employment while studying, and employment after they graduate.

This workshop will highlight the success of University Career Services and OIPS in creating a positive experience for students and employers by working hand-in-hand to address obstacles for students and employers and create a path for Career Ready graduates.

Speakers
CM

Christina M. Lehnertz

Director ICA, International Programs and Services
AM

Aleksandra Melnikova

International Advisor, International Programs and Services
SO

Satoko Odagawa

International Student/Scholar Advisor, University Career Services



Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room F

12:40pm EST

Lunch
Thursday January 10, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Building Bridges: Connecting Academic and Student Affairs
There are opportunities for collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs units to better support student learning and retention. Often, those opportunities go untapped or unnoticed. As Mason Professionals who made recent transitions from academic to UL units, we intend for our session to spark a conversation and build bridges between colleagues to enhance the student experience. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of some of the challenges in academic units, ways to include faculty or academic staff into campus initiatives, and how to integrate our student learning outcomes with academic and career goals.  

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Quiles

Brandon Quiles

Assistant Director for International Programs, Office of International Programs and Services
Brandon Quiles has been at Mason for 3 and a half years. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for International Programs where he collaborates in the development, implementation and evaluation of campus life internationalization efforts. Brandon is also a current doctoral... Read More →
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Cameron Shaw

Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs, New Student and Family Programs
Cameron Shaw joined Mason Nation in 2011. As Assistant Director for Orientation and New Student Programs, she supports the experience of new Mason undergraduates, executing communication and logistic support for orientations and other first-year programs. Cameron is also a doctoral... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, George's

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Can’t we just take this online?
At University Career Services (UCS), we recognize that many Mason students are completing their degrees online, and may be unable to use our services and resources during traditional office hours.  By considering online learners’ goals and lifestyle factors,  along with Mason’s strategic goal to have 100,000 career-ready graduates by 2024, UCS is striving to make our services and resources more accessible based upon the unique needs of our distance-learning student population. We will discuss some of the changes UCS have made based on student feedback, along with some of the challenges and triumphs of the process. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own victories, questions and concerns. We will include time to workshop some of these questions and concerns. 

Speakers
NG

Nora Gerrity

Customer Service and Student Leadership Coordinator, University Career Services
RL

Rachel Lindsey

Assistant Director, Career Education, University Career Services
CM

Carollei McMillin

arketing Communications Coordinator, University Career Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room D

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Moving from Data to Action: Insights from the Mason Graduate and Professional Student Needs Assessment
Graduate and professional students comprise almost one third of the student population at Mason and remain a key focus for advancing Mason’s goals for research, enrollment, and student success. In Spring 2018, Graduate Student Life, in collaboration with our partners, conducted the first-ever assessment of graduate and professional students in order to better understand their needs and to find opportunities for promoting their success. Join us at this session to discover insights into the graduate and professional student experience at Mason and to engage with data with colleagues to identify ways to better serve this population.

Speakers
AA

Austin A. Deray

Graduate Professional Assistant for Graduate Student Leadership and Advising, Graduate Student Life
SG

Sydney Glass

Graduate Professional Assistant for Graduate Student Engagement, Graduate Student Life
DJ

Dr. Julie Choe Kim

Director, Graduate Student Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room A

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: NAVIGATEing Students to Success
NAVIGATE through an immersive experience of coordinated student outreach, information sharing, and dynamic analytics.  The session will demonstrate features of a dynamic platform for departments to explore incorporation.  You will be taken on a technology-enhanced journey demonstrating how, together, with a different mode of operation, we can maximize student support and further optimize student services.  A tablet or mobile device is encouraged, though not required.

Speakers
JD

Jourdain D. Henderson

SSC Campus Technology Manager, Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transition


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room B

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Using Rubrics for Operational Improvement
Do you have a process that faculty and staff often find confusing and laborious? By utilizing rubrics for processes, especially in assessment and reporting, you can see where knowledge gaps in faculty/staff exist as well as provide clear definitive ways towards continuous improvement. In this session, examples will be provided, best practices shared, as well as time for attendees to develop a rubric in groups to take back to their individual practices.


Speakers
CB

Cordelia Bristol

Assessment Coordinator, Housing & Residential Life/University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room E

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Welcoming Refugee Students: Innovations in Access and Support
A mere “1% of refugees worldwide have access to postsecondary education as compared to global enrollment rates of 34%” (Phan, 2018, p. 1). In response to this global gap in higher education for individuals with a refugee background, Mason has incredible potential to support the access, retention, well-being, and post-graduate outcomes for this underserved student population in the Fairfax and Northern Virginia area.

This session will carve out time for participants to discuss a few possible initiatives, as well as engage in active dialogue, knowledge sharing, and mutual inspiration as we work out interdisciplinary ideas for how Mason could play a role in supporting local refugees and their families.

•What are your own insights, questions, and experiences on the topic of forced migration and higher education?
•In what ways can Mason engage with local refugee communities in the Fairfax and Northern Virginia area?
•How can faculty and staff at Mason work together in order to creatively and proactively foster educational opportunity and be an inclusive community for students with a refugee background?

Speakers
MK

Myra Khan

Case Manager, University Life - Dean of Students
SK

Shelby Kruczek

Senior Student Services Coordinator, INTO Mason


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room C

1:45pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Working Collaboratively to Address College Student Food Insecurity
Food insecurity is a pervasive concern on college campuses nationwide.  New research estimated approximately 36% of college students at 4-year institutions experienced some form of food insecurity (Goldrick-Rab, Richardson, Schneider, Hernandez, & Cady, 2018).  The same study highlighted this concern is consistently more pronounced in the community college population.  Additional research indicated that 32% of college students who identified as having experienced food insecurity believed that their hunger problem had a negative impact on their education (Goldrick-Rab, Broton, & Colo, 2016).  In the fall 2018 Patriot Success survey, approximately 350 George Mason University students indicated concerns related to food insecurity.  This concern will likely expand at Mason with the increase of community college students matriculating as part of the NOVA Advance program.  This session will situate the growing concern and provide a brief overview of the various collaborations between the Student Support and Advocacy Center and Mason Dining to address student food insecurity.  The session will expand to an interactive group activity to explore how University Life could develop additional innovative collaborations and services to address food insecurity as the student population continually expands and diversifies.  These proactive efforts could positively impact student retention, timely degree completion, and well-being.    

Speakers
MA

Mark Arnold

General Manager, Mason Dining
BB

Bridget Bukovich

Marketing Director, Mason Dining
MC

Matthew Carlos

Graduate Professional Assistant, Student Support and Advocacy Center
JC

John Cicchetti

Assistant Director for Student Support and Community Outreach, Student Support and Advocacy Center
MM

Morgan McGowan

Event Coordinator, Mason Dining


Thursday January 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm EST
Johnson Center, Room G

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: "Destination: Mason": Campus Internationalization in Action
Come learn about “Destination: Mason”, an initiative from INTO Mason which promotes international student engagement and involvement on campus through co-curricular collaboration. Fall 2018 saw 105 students successfully complete the program, collectively attending 630 events on campus or in the local community around the topics of Well-Being, American Culture, Global Competency, Arts, Athletics, and Civic and Community Engagement.  We will discuss the structure behind Destination: Mason, as well contextualize why this initiative matters for international students within the grand scheme of campus internationalization. We will go over recent trends and research for international student engagement, and finally, discuss results from fall 2018 on what INTO Mason students have learned from this program and how it could be applied to larger audiences.

Speakers
JB

Jessica Biddle

Director of Student Experience, INTO Mason
SH

Steven Harris-Scott

Program Manager, Graduate International Pathways, INTO Mason
CL

Cassie Larson

Orientation and Engagement Coordinator, INTO Mason
AL

Amy Lewis

Term Asst Professor, Humanities/Course Coordinato, GRIPP, INTO Mason
MS

Michael Smith

Term Instructor, English Lang/Internationalization Liaison, INTO Mason


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room C

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: Changing How You Do Business: When Innovation Results in a Cultural Shift
As student affairs professionals, we are educators and lifelong learners. We routinely engage in professional organizations, read newsletters and forums, and connect with colleagues to learn about the most innovative and engaging trends in our field.  Innovation, however, often means change and change is not always easy to navigate. Guided by research and practice, Housing & Residence Life underwent a transformation from a traditional programming model to a Residential Curriculum designed to construct “an intentional way of promoting learning” in the residence halls (Brown, 2018). At the core, the new residential curriculum changed the way we do business, but not the business we do. And yet, this rapid change in how we do business, our culture and our strategy for accomplishing our goals, was met with several challenges since its creation and implementation. In this session, we will briefly review the new Mason Residential Curriculum, discuss why we made this change and how we went about implementing this change, and discuss the challenges we have faced in our first year. Our desire is to engage in conversation with colleagues about why change, even if innovative, can be challenging and how we work together to implement collaborative change across campus.

Speakers
TM

Tera Monroe

Director of Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life
AP

Aysha Puhl

Associate Director for Living Learning Communities, Housing and Residence Life
BT

Brad Teague

Resident Director, Housing and Residence Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room B

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: Creating a “positive search culture”: landing the 5 star recruits for your team
This presentation's goal is to share and reflect on best practices to recruit and hire the most qualified candidates. To showcase occupational well-being, we, as a department, want to ensure that this is a positive experience for all those involved. As a Mason Department, the ultimate goal is to have each candidate  leave campus feeling welcome and wanting to become a part of the Mason Recreation team.  

Speakers
KH

Kellie Hundemer

Assistant Director, Fitness, Mason Recreation
TH

Taylor Hyde

Coordinator, Memberships and Sales, Mason Recreation
DK

Dennis Kisielewski

HR and Office Manager, Recreation, Mason Recreation


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Gold Room (Ground Floor)

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: Powerful learning strategies to improve student success
This session will present an overview of powerful learning strategies that any staff or faculty member may share with students to support their learning. You will learn about the Study Cycle, which explains the out-of-class learning activities in which professors expect students to be engaged. We will discuss the three levels of time management and resources students can use to keep up with assignments and exam preparation. Finally, you will learn about the most effective study strategy, self-testing, and three methods designed to help students practice self-testing in order to improve memory retention. The presenters will discuss when to refer students to Learning Services, how to schedule students for an academic coaching appointment via MasonNavigate, as well as other learning support services on campus. 

Speakers
JB

John Brandon Cantrell

Graduate Professional Assistant, Learning Services
VD

Vicki Dominick

Associate Director, Learning Services
JP

Jennifer Pham

Graduate Assistant, Learning Services


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room D

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: Strategies for Faculty and Staff to Help Create a Supportive Environment in Response to Kavanaugh Confirmation
This presentation will explore the topic of sexual and interpersonal violence as it impacts the Mason community, including faculty and staff. We will explore how the current socio-political climate (with events like the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh and movements like #MeToo), impact our community as a whole. These issues impact faculty and staff too, and by modeling a community of resilience, well-being and post-traumatic growth we all be more supportive to all survivors in the Mason community.  This presentation will give participants the chance to explore more about resources available on campus and nationally, the impact of trauma, and how intersecting identities are impacted by interpersonal violence and trauma. Participants will be given reasonable action steps to help create solutions to these such as creating a culture of consent, knowing resources, and fostering resilience and healing in the community.  We will end with a gentle self-care exercise. 

Speakers
SB

Sabrina Barillas

Graduate Advocate, Student Support and Advocacy Center
CD

Courtney Diener

Assistant Director, Student Support and Interpersonal Violence
CL

Caitlyn Largent

Graduate Advocate, Student Support and Advocacy Center


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room A

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: The Anatomy of a Title IX Resolution
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct violations have been a large focus for the higher education community for years.  Incidents at specific institutions have also been covered in both higher education as well as the national and mainstream media.  Most recently, the Department of Education has offered several new proposals for institutions to consider when investigating and resolving Title IX cases.  But what occurs in the hearing?  What are the unique and specific nuances and complexities of Title IX cases?  This session will illustrate the behind the scenes rationale for our process, the complexities a Title IX referral, and the staff commitment to facilitating the resolution process.


Speakers
DB

Dr. Brent E. Ericson

Assistant Dean/Director, Student Conduct


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room E

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: The Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success and Operational Efficiency: Trends, Applications and Alignments
This program will begin with the national context of how data and analytics are used in today's higher education institutions as well as at George Mason University. Then it will narrow its focus to the application of data and analytics for student success and operational effectiveness, with some examples of work done by University Life Data Analytics and HR, and Auxiliary Enterprises. Lastly, it will discuss how to identify individual office's data needs and align them with the best-suited tools available, to hopefully provide some useful takeaways for the program participants. 

Speakers
KC

Kendra Courtenay

Lease Coordinator, Auxiliary Enterprises
RH

Rosalynn Holder

Budget Analyst, University Life
DK

Danielle Kirby

Financial Specialist, Auxiliary Enterprises
LV

Lifang Vanderwill

Associate Director of Data Analytics, University Life
DF

Debbie Frey Williams

Assistant Director, Auxiliary Enterprises



Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room G

2:35pm EST

Educational Session #3: Values In Action Discovered
This session will introduce participants to the science and application of Character Strengths, which are the positive aspects of personality that impact how people think, feel, act, and thrive. When the Character Strengths are successfully used, they are beneficial to both the individual and society.

The Values In Action (VIA) Survey of Character Strengths was developed through analysis of philosophical, spiritual, and scientific discussions of good character, and all 24 Strengths are universally valued as moral.  All people possess each of the 24 Character Strengths in varying degrees, which creates a unique personal profile.

Session participants will learn ways to increase their awareness of Strengths approaches and applications using the VIA profile, understand the impact of Character Strengths in leadership, increase self-awareness about the positive indicators that define character, and learn ways that Character Strengths can compliment the Clifton Strengths.

For optimal results, session participants may take the free VIA survey prior to the session at https://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey, however it is not critical to have prior knowledge of individual Character Strengths for participation with this session.

Speakers
JB

Juliet Blank-Godlove

Dean of Students, University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room F

3:45pm EST

Panel Presentation: Vice Presidents for Students Affairs
Please join this panel discussion with Vice Presidents of Student Affairs divisions from George Mason University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Today’s panel will focus on the future of student affairs based on local, regional, and national trends, challenges, and opportunities.  We will consider future issues and practices facing higher education and in particular Student Affairs, and how we can begin to approach what lies ahead for our students and our work.

Panel moderator: Dr. Kahan Sablo

Speakers
DC

Dr. Curtis Erwin

Associate Vice Provost, Division of Student Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Curtis Erwin joined Virginia Commonwealth University in the spring of 2012 and now serves as an Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. His background includes working with strategic planning, facility master planning, wellness and living-learning initiatives.  Currently... Read More →
DE

Dr. Ellen Neufeldt

Vice President, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Old, Old Dominion University
Dr. Ellen Neufeldt joined Old Dominion University in the summer of 2011 as the Vice President of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services. She leads the areas of student engagement, student success, enrollment services, government relations, strategic communication & marketing and... Read More →
RP

Rose Pascarell

Vice President, University Life, George Mason University
Rose Pascarell is Vice President for University Life at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has also served as Associate Vice President for University Life, Associate Dean for Campus Life and Associate Director of the Women's Studies Research and Resource Center at Mason... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm EST
Johnson Center, George's

3:45pm EST

Panel Presentation: "I'm Still Learning: Navigating a Historical White and 'Majority Minority' Serving Institution"
Have you heard about George Mason University being a "majority minority" serving institution as our racial and ethnic diversity grows? Have you been asking questions about how to enhance practices of inclusion within your work space, classroom, and personal lives? While we recognize that social justice and inclusion work is constantly growing and evolving, we hope to provide a space where we can all continue to learn and grow together. Join us for a panel discussion digging deeply into foundation concepts around power, privilege, and oppression and the ways in which we can apply identity development theories, current research, and "best practices" around the country to focus on holistic inclusion at GMU, a historically white university. This panel will include examples of incidents and current issues at Mason and provide a space for attendees to discuss approaches, strategies, and concerns navigating difficult discussions, practices, and policies.

Moderator: Creston Lynch, Associate Dean of University Life

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michelle Allen

Dr. Michelle Allen

Assistant Director, ODIME + LGBTQ Resources
Dr. Michelle M. Allen is the Assistant Director of Programming in ODIME and LGBTQ Resources. Her primary responsibilities include planning large scale diversity events, fostering opportunities for collaborative programming and research across functional areas, and supporting relevant... Read More →
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Brandi Blake

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Brandi Blake currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University. Her primary role is to support Black and African Heritage Students through programming, advising, support and advocacy. Additional... Read More →
GD

Garey Davis

Assistant Director, ODIME + LGBTQ Resources
T. Garey Davis, is an Assistant Director of Training in ODIME and LGBTQ Resources. His primary responsibilities include campus wide cultural competency and social justice education and training. He serves on a committee for Black male initiatives, including starting a Black male living... Read More →
avatar for Kylie Stamm

Kylie Stamm

Assistant Director, ODIME + LGBTQ Resources
Kylie Stamm is an Assistant Director with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources. Her primary responsibilities include facilitating educational programming and support for students who identify as Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm EST
Johnson Center, Cinema

3:45pm EST

Panel Presentation: Post-Traditional Student Panel
Join 5 experts whom specifically work with transfer students, graduate students, adult learners, online learners, and first-generation students to educate participants on the challenges and issues post-traditional student populations face and how practitioners can best promote their success.

Moderator:
Sally Lorentson, Ed.D., Associate Dean, University Life, George Mason University
 
 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Allstrom

Julie Allstrom

Student Services Manager, Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) Program
Julie Allstrom has worked as Student Services Manager for Mason’s Bachelor of Individualized Study Program for the past five years. Currently, Julie is Mason’s representative to VADCAN, the Virginia Adult Degree Completion Administrators Network. She serves as an advisor for the... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Correa

Vanessa Correa

Associate Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Vanessa Correa currently serves as Associate Director for First Generation Initiatives in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University.  Within this role, she serves as the program director for the Student Transition... Read More →
DJ

Dr. Julie Choe Kim

Director, Graduate Student Life
avatar for Dr. Cynthia Pascal

Dr. Cynthia Pascal

Director of Student Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Cynthia Pascal, is the Director of Student Services at NOVA Online and a consultant with NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising.  With degrees in education, school counseling, and counseling psychology, Cynthia is an accomplished student development administrator... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Adrienne D. Thompson

Dr. Adrienne D. Thompson

Associate Director for Student Success, University Life


Thursday January 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm EST
Johnson Center, Front Ballroom

3:45pm EST

Panel Presentation: University Life Director's Panel
The role of a Director within the Student Affairs profession requires a wide variety of skills and encompasses a multitude of responsibilities in a rapidly changing landscape.  Challenges they face, current issues in higher education leadership, and successful strategies will be just some of the areas covered in this panel discussion.  Join a group of seasoned directors from University Life to learn about a variety of topics related to their career path and how experiences have shaped their administrative style. Whether you are a graduate student seeking to better understand the work of student affairs as a potential career path, a new professional who wants to broaden their overall scope of knowledge, or a current manager who aspires to be a Director in the future, this session has something for you.

Moderator: Lewis Forrest, Associate Dean, University Life

Speakers
KD

Khaseem Davis

Director, Early Identification Program
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David Gaskins

Executive Director, Mason Recreation
David Gaskins has almost 30 years of professional experience in recreation and currently serves as the Executive Director for Recreation, a position he has held since November 2017. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at George Mason University in Physical Education and Master’s... Read More →
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Lauren Long

Executive Director, Student Involvement
NM

Naomi Martinez-Jones

Director, Disability Services
Naomi Martinez-Jones is the Director of Disability Services at George Mason University. She has over 13 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 →
avatar for Dr. Rachel Wernicke

Dr. Rachel Wernicke

Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Rachel Wernicke is a former Army officer and a licensed clinical psychologist, currently serving as Executive Director in Counseling and Psychological Services and Interim Associate Dean in University Life. She completed her doctoral degree in psychology at American University... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm EST
Johnson Center, Bistro

4:30pm EST

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Thursday January 10, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
 
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