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Educational Block #4 [clear filter]
Thursday, May 20
 

10:15am EDT

Competency Based Education and Development in a Curricular Approach
Presenters: Aysha Pühl and Jacob Jean

The ever-changing higher education landscape has provided opportunities for student affairs practitioners to demonstrate the value added of co-curricular experiences to advance student learning and preparation for life beyond higher education. Students’ involvement and participation in leadership, employment, and engagement opportunities facilitates learning outside the classroom and provides transferable skills. Pivoting to a competency-based approach to student staff education and development allows student affairs units to prioritize learning, strategically design skills-based training sessions, and better assess training outcomes for continuous improvement. During this session, participants will learn about the curricular approach to student staff education and how Housing and Residence Life has used this approach to create and implement a competency-based education and development curriculum for student staff. The session will provide resources and assist units in identifying how to apply this approach within their own departments to advance learning outside of the classroom and support the University Life GROWTH student talent development initiative.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

Disability as Part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Presenters: Jenny Early and Lisa Coats

Members of the Disability Services team are excited to share time dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Throughout our presentation, we will engage and connect with our participants, identify and explore practices that contribute to an inclusive thriving campus community, and ways to provide equitable access. Our goal within this conversation is to address the different dimensions related to disability and acknowledge the diverse community and their intersecting identities. We will introduce and discuss the social model and the way in which it can support members of the disability community. Mason community members bring multiple identities, and it is critical we examine participation barriers from all angles, including, but not limited to gender, ethnicity, religion, and disability or impairment. Participants will hear about impairment and disability as a critical piece of identity and campus/community resources to support in this practice. We will facilitate an interactive dialogue on ways that our campus community can bring disability into the intersecting identities and diversity conversations and trainings happening as Mason.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

How we can use self-study to examine our professional identity in student affairs
Presenter: Wai Ling Fong

As a novice student affairs practitioner, I often wonder about my own professional identity development and career direction in student affairs. Realizing the importance of professional identity in serving as a navigation point to learn about past experiences, and future direction, I decided to examine my own professional identity development. Using a self-study research, I examined how my personal identities intersect and emerge in the development of my professional identity in student affairs. In this presentation, I will share my personal self-study research to understand the development of my professional identity in student affairs. I will discuss what is a self-study research, the concept of identity development in student affairs, and the various methods that one can engage in self-study relating to student affairs. I will present my own self-study method where I used memory work, and personal history analysis to examine my professional identity development in student affairs. This presentation hopes to share examples of how student affairs practitioner can conduct their own self-study to examine their professional identity in student affairs.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

Incorporating Racial Justice Education into Current Practices with Student Leaders
Presenters: Tishieka Snow, Kaitlyn Schmitt, and Jane Aronds

After the murder of George Floyd in June 2020, the Student Involvement office publicly committed to standing up against racism and bigotry. To uphold this commitment, SI created the Racial Justice, Inclusion, and Equity Committee for Student Leadership Development, which fostered racial justice and diversity education for SI student leaders throughout the academic year. In this presentation, we will describe the implementation of monthly diversity education activities, review the benefits of having a group dedicated to this work, and discuss how our successes can be replicated in other offices.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

Maintaining the Mission: Utilizing a Curricular Approach for Engagement During Turbulent Change
Presenters: Nina Berger and Devon Janes

In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all had to learn to quickly adapt our work in the face of relentless waves of unprecedented challenges. Although we don’t know what the future holds, we do know that the need for our work in student affairs to be nimble and adjustable is now more important than ever. George Mason University’s Housing and Residence Life has been utilizing a curricular approach to student learning and engagement for several years. This model has allowed us to connect better to our mission, University Life learning domains, and has provided leverage to navigate the storm of ever-changing pandemic needs to create a supportive and educational experience for our students. A curricular approach asks us to have a core understanding of who we are as departmental units and educators. Through that understanding, a curricular approach provides a wealth of tools for quickly pivoting student learning without losing sight of who we are and what we do. Join us to learn more about the curricular approach to student affairs and how the balance of structure and flexibility within this model can help you succeed in our next unprecedented time!

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

Order Up: A Look Into Student Needs and Institutional Make-Up
Presenters: Daylen Orlick, Assistant Director of Family Programs

A Big Mac is a staple when it comes to fast food. Its ingredients are craved by millions world wide; no matter where you go in the world you can alter it to your own liking. You’ve probably never thought of how a Big Mac and our institution are alike. In this session, we will discuss a new way of thinking about the make-up of a university or department. This program highlights how the ingredients of a Big Mac are similar to the components and resources of a university, how it can serve as a base for organizational structure, and how these unique ingredients affect the individual student experience.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

Scams: Setbacks to Student Success
Presenter: Christine Bodziak, Shannon Osborne, and Caitlyn Largent

The college years offer many new and exciting opportunities for our students: the first time living away from home, managing their own money, renting an apartment, and applying for a job. Unfortunately, as they learn to navigate these many firsts, vulnerable students are often targeted by scammers who steal their personal information and money. The financial and emotional toll of these scams can adversely impact student success and retention. This workshop will explore how and why scammers target students, the psychology of how sophisticated scams work, and how student affairs professionals can support students who were victims of scams.

Thursday May 20, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT