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Thursday, May 20

11:30am EDT

Panel #1: Supporting Working Parents
Coordinator(s): Meeghan Milette & Sara Heming

Panel Description:
Working parents managed the demands of juggling responsibilities of work and family life to then managing these areas of life during a pandemic over the last year. From experiencing the rapid pivoting of our work to the virtual world, to the shift in the management of their children’s education and full-time care, to the concern for the health and safety of family while the pandemic unfolded over the last year added stress and uncertainty to the lives of working parents. Every parent, child, and family are different, and this panel will celebrate the differences in their parenting and share their thoughts and perspectives, as we navigate the transition back to in person work and education for our kids from daycare to college. The panelist will share resources and support with attendees. With the monumental shifts that have taken place over the last year, finding community as working parents is one, we are excited to engage in with you. Hope you can attend!

Moderator:  Sara Heming & Meeghan Milette
-Lewis Forrest, Associate Dean, University Life
-Dr. Rachel Wernicke, Associate Dean and Chief Mental Health Officer, University Life
-Lisa Snyder, Associate Director, Leadership Education and Development
-Allison Castro, Human Resources Manager, University Life
-Dr. John Cicchetti, Associate Director, Student Support and Advocacy
-Naomi Martinez-Jones, Director, Disability Services

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Panel #2: Alternate Career Pathways Into, Within, and Out of Higher Education
Coordinator(s): Emilie Dubert and David Corwin

Panel Description:
Have you ever sat on a search committee and wondered how a candidate from outside higher education would fit into your team? Are you considering changing functional areas and don’t know how to sell your previous experience? Are you supervising people without a student affairs background and want to learn how to leverage their experience? This panel will talk about their experience coming from outside higher education and movement within and out of student affairs.

Moderator:  David Corwin

Matthew Carlos (he/him/his)

Current Position: Assistant Direct of Student Support and Community Outreach
Previously: GMU Graduate Assistant, Mental Health Counseling Intern, Residential Counselor for at Risk Youth, ODU Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Education: M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling , Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Associates Degree in General Studies

David Corwin (they/them/theirs)
Current Position: Instructor and Associate Director, Women and Gender Studies
Previously: Graduate Assistant, Front End Assistant Manager at Grocery Stores, Program Coordinator
Education: BA in English and Humanities, MA in English Literature, MAIS in Women and Gender Studies, Doctoral candidate in Writing and Rhetoric Program

Courtney Diener (she/her)
Current Position: Associate Director in the Student Support and Advocacy Center; adjunct instructor with Women and Gender Studies.
Education: Master's degree in social work; a bachelor's degrees in social work and education

Emilie Dubert (she/her/hers)
Current Position: Director of Contemporary Student Services
Previously: Graduate Assistant, Preschool Director, EFL Teacher in Taiwan
Education: Higher Education MAIS, BS in Secondary Education and Chemistry; current PhD student

Katie Richards (she/her/hers)
Current Position: Academic Coordinator, Higher Education Program
Previously: Administrative Coordinator, Higher Education Program
MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), BA in English

Hamal Strayhorn (he/him/his)
Current Position: Director, Coalition Building and Diversity Education
Previously: Progressive responsibilities in residence life; RDGraduate Director; RA
Education: Th.D Student in Counseling; Masters of Diversity, Counseling; Bachelors Political Science

LuLu Géza Kelemen (they/them/theirs)
Current Position: Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Resources
Previously: Program Coordinator and GPA of LGBTQ Resources, Children's and Group Fitness Coach, Mason LIFE Instructor, RA, Program Assistant in Women and Gender Studies & CLCE (predecessor to SAIL)
Education: Master of Arts in Sociology; Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies, with a concentration in Education, Community, & Activism and minors in African & African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies with a LGBTQ+ Focus

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Panel #3: Life as a Mason Student during COVID19
Coordinator(s): Melissa Thierry and Deanna Bullard

Panel Description:
Hear from Mason students about their experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Moderator:  Lili Deveneau, outgoing GAPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Association) president

-Jordan Anderson
-Snigdha Madiraju
-Batool Ibrahim
-DJ Grant

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Panel #4: Supervision Collective Panel: Develop and Motivate Your Team Now and In the Future
Coordinator(s): Louise Higgins, Julio Diaz, and Meeghan

Panel Description:
Supervision is one of the most challenging and at the same time rewarding roles you can be given in an organization. From supporting staff members in their learning and growth to navigating challenges of leading during change and holding staff accountable; supervision is an area that can only really be learned on the job and all supervisors have a different story to share. Our panelists will share their supervision experiences, advice they learned along the way, and insight in managing teams in person and remotely. If you need some fresh approaches to working with your team or want to learn how other supervisors have managed different staff situations, this is a session you will NOT want to miss!

Moderator:  Krisztina Roder, Event Services Manager in Student Centers

-Phil McDaniel, Associate Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Involvement
-Dr. Adrienne White, Director, Student Success Coaching
-David Gaskins, Executive Director of Recreation, Mason Recreation
-Kelly Reid, Communications and Student Program Manager, Student Centers
-Aysha Pühl, Associate Director, Residential Student Education and Engagement, Housing & Residence Life
-Trasi Watson, Associate Director Industry Advising & Employer Development, University Career Services

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT