NASPA
2018 NASPA Annual Conference

SA Speaks

SA Speaks—Student Affairs Speak—are submitted by your peers and selected by your colleagues, these 10-minute talks will offer presenters and participants an innovative look at important topics and a means  to spread ideas about how we can change the student affairs profession and transform learning in higher education. 

Join us at the Annual Conference for three SA Speaks blocks with 15 fantastic speakers.


SA Speaks Schedule

Afternoon

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    A Year of Yes in Student Affairs

    Julia Golden-Battle

    A Year of Yes in Student Affairs

    Inspired by Shonda Rhimes "Year of Yes," the presenter decided to start saying yes to all opportunities that came my way as a student affairs professional. And what a year it has been! From being a national co-chair of the Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community who asked KCs to be more inclusive, to creating an institute for student affairs professionals of color in NASPA Region I. The presenter's year of yes gave them further exposure in the field, taught them how to trust the power of their own voice and perspective, and underscored the value of using their platform to empower others.

    When

    Monday, March 5
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Julia Golden-Battle, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    The Second Time I Ever Saw My Father Cry

    John Mark Day

    The Second Time I Ever Saw My Father Cry

    Expectations are powerful things, and sometimes we spend our entire lives trying to live up to them. In the story shared in this session, the presenter will describe how one moment with their father changed everything, and what happened 30 years later when expectations become reality. The presenter will discuss how we shape others with our expectations, and how we become powerful mentors. Let's talk about how the phrase, "I expect," can change everything.

    When

    Monday, March 5
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    John Mark Day, Director of Leadership and Campus Life, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    A Decade of Enough is Enough

    Scott Peska

    A Decade of Enough is Enough

    NASPA's Enough is Enough campaign has existed for 10 years. The presenter will provide context in moving forward the story of Enough is Enough, raise awareness about gun violence, and explore what student affairs professionals can do to help our society reduce and eliminate this type of violence.  

    When

    Monday, March 5
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Scott Peska, Dean for Students, Waubonsee Community College

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    From Foster Care to College: Finding a Family on Campus

    Angela Hoffman

    From Foster Care to College: Finding a Family on Campus

    Many higher education institutions maintain a systematic assumption that students have the support of a caring family as they pursue a degree. For students with experience in foster care or situations that threaten their family relationship, there may be few supportive adults they can rely on for help navigating the complexities of college life. The presenter will share the supportive adults that shaped their college experience, how they inspired the presenter to be an "adultier adult" for students today, and strategies you can apply on your campus.

    When

    Monday, March 5
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Angela Hoffman
    Assistant Director, Admissions, Michigan Technological University

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Self-Care Is Never Selfish, But It’s Not Sexy Either

    Darien Smith

    Self-Care Is Never Selfish, But It’s Not Sexy Either

    In a profession designed to meet the needs of students within an evolving system of higher education, student affairs educators often forget how to take care of ourselves first. You are invited to travel through the year of depression that nearly broke down a budding student affairs professional. Participants will walk away desiring to draft a personal self-care ritual to help sustain a student-centered career of care. 

    When

    Monday, March 5
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Darien Smith
    Student, University of Maryland-College Park

Morning

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Commands Are No Constraints: Reflections on Activism and Being the Administration

    David Surratt

    Commands Are No Constraints: Reflections on Activism and Being the Administration

    Through sharing stories and personal reflections from the University of California, Berkeley - the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement - at a time of significant activism and in roles responsible for managing protest for the campus, the presenter will share the valuable lessons learned about how to understand social movement-building and balance support for student activism while managing politics and expectations within the walls of academe.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    David Surratt, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California-Berkeley

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Where is the Love? - The Power of Being an Advocate of Love

    Joshua Fredenburg

    Where is the Love? - The Power of Being an Advocate of Love

    Although love would be considered one of the foundational keys to a healthy and sustainable relationship, leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela were able to make huge impacts in the world because they were advocates of love who learned how to lead with the power of love. The presenter will help participants learn how to advocate, lead, and experience the transformational power of love to change the world in their everyday lives like these amazing leaders of our past.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Joshua Fredenburg, Leadership Expert and Speaker, Saint Mary's College of California

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Life by Design: How to Build True Happiness

    Nancy Hunter Denney

    Life by Design: How to Build True Happiness

    No one gets a crystal ball, but if you did, what would you do differently to be happier and more content with your personal and professional life? Drawing from her first book, Life by Design: How to Achieve Happiness, the presenter takes a humorous look at the challenges of working in student affairs and offers a step by step plan for constructing a life where you want to reside. 

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Nancy Hunter Denney, Executive Director, Lead365

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    We Are Here! A Challenge to the Student Affairs Profession to Remember Graduate and Professional Students

    Dana Bozeman

    We Are Here! A Challenge to the Student Affairs Profession to Remember Graduate and Professional Students

    When you say students, do you mean all students? NASPA is celebrating its 100th year, however the Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) has only existed for 20 years. As a profession we have not created consistent standards of support for graduate and professional students. We are qualified to support the unique challenges that these students face, from Title IX to Imposter Syndrome. When graduate and professional students say, "we are here," let them know that you see them.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Dana Bozeman, Associate Director, Northwestern University

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Nevertheless, She Persisted

    Sofia Pertuz

    Nevertheless, She Persisted

    With the current focus on work/life balance, we lose sight of how our careers make us who we are and give us tools we need to handle major life challenges. The presenter focuses on the career and life trajectory of a Latina Student Affairs professional who found her place in the world where she could bring her best self, and from which she gained skills needed to navigate tragic situations. This Latina professional persisted, nevertheless.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Sofia Pertuz, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Hofstra University

Afternoon

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Why Starbucks Taught Me Everything I Know About Student Engagement

    Russell Aivazian

    Why Starbucks Taught Me Everything I Know About Student Engagement

    Starbucks baristas begin work every day seeing the company's statement on the back of their aprons: "We create inspired moments in every customer's day." A lot can be learned from Starbucks' practices and values as they relate to our profession. During this SA Speaks session, the presenter (a six-year Starbucks barista and current student affairs professional) will discuss how Starbucks' six "Green Apron Values" can enhance our interactions with students.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Russell Aivazian, Resident Director, University of Kentucky

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Embracing the Intersections: Reflections on Being a Queer Person of Color in Higher Education

    Antonio Duran

    Embracing the Intersections: Reflections on Being a Queer Person of Color in Higher Education

    In this SA Speaks session, the presenter offers a perspective in identifying as a queer person of color in higher education. In addition to providing the presenter's personal narrative, this session will weave in experiences interviewing queer students of color on campus. The presenter will pay special attention to the tensions that result from identifying as part of two marginalized groups, at times feeling unwelcomed in both. Practitioners will learn how to be mindful of multiple marginalized identities in their practice. 

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Antonio Duran, Ph.D. Student, Ohio State University-Main Campus

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Being #2: Moving Forward From Failure

    Deborah Scheibler

    Being #2: Moving Forward From Failure

    Let's talk about failure! No one wishes to fail, however it is in moments where we fall short of our goals that we often have the greatest opportunities to grow. Indeed, how we rise from failure defines who we are in success. The topics of grit, resiliency, creativity, and the incorporation of a fair amount of humor will guide this presenter to explore the idea of Being #2.

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Deborah Scheibler, Wilkes University

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Resilience Tree: Growing Pathways to Senior Leadership

    Shauna Sobers

    Resilience Tree: Growing Pathways to Senior Leadership

    Ever wondered why there are so few women (and women of color) represented in senior leadership, how to avoid burn out before reaching senior leadership, or how to empower a staff member whom you believe has potential? The presenter will lead a discussion about pathways to persist towards and sustain in senior leadership with the Resilience Tree (environment, roots, branches, and leaves) established based on qualitative research and the lived experience of a mid-level practitioner scholar. 

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Shauna Sobers, Assistant Director for Residence Life, The University of Texas at Austin

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Spoken Word Poetry and the Black College Experience

    Maurisa Li-A-Ping

    Spoken Word Poetry and the Black College Experience

    Spoken word poetry has a strong tie to the African oral tradition and tells a story through poetic devices and performance. "this", an original spoken word poem, shares the exhaustive story of Black college students and calls out false narratives of meritocracy. The presenter of this session will maximize the strengths of the population to highlight their experiences and discuss the possibility of spoken word poetry as a tool for development in student affairs, as a means for expression and empowerment. Come and learn how other programs and you can incorporate spoken word poetry into student affairs. 

    When

    Tuesday, March 6
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    Hall D
    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Presented by

    Maurisa Li-A-Ping, Indiana University-Bloomington


View 2017 SA Speaks

Below are videos from the 2017 edition of SA Speaks: