The College at Brockport's 35th Annual Resident Assistant Conference “Friends – We will be there for you!”
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
Come one, come all to the 35th Annual Resident Assistant Conference. The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities would like to invite you to attend.
This year’s conference theme is: “Friends – We will be there for you!”
The College at Brockport RA Conference Planning Committee is working diligently to provide you with fantastic speakers that will bring more depth and a unique message to the Brockport campus and all conference attendees. More information will be added as speakers are finalized. Please check the RA Conference website periodically for updates.
Keynote for the 2017 RA Conference:
Cedric B. Howard, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, SUNY Fredonia
Upon arrival in August 2016, Dr. Cedric B. Howard assumed duties as the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia). He is responsible for all student services and enrollment management functions including its NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics teams and athletic facilities.
Prior to Fredonia, he served as Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services at the University of Washington at Tacoma, a position he has held since 2007. In that role, he led student enrollment services including admissions, financial aid, registrar, career development and student fellowships and merit awards; student engagement, including the campus activities board, student organizations and government, conduct, housing, volunteer services, student leadership development, and recreational and fitness centers; student success, including the counseling center, health center, disability support services, and support to international students and veterans; management, including strategic planning and budget management, and student research and effectiveness; and campus traditions, including Commencement, New Student Convocation, and a MLK Unity Breakfast.
Also, he has served as the Director of Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tenn.; Director of the Diversity Center and Student Programs at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah; and Coordinator of Student Support Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and is licensed and certified as a girl’s basketball official at the varsity level, and also for military and IAABO (International Basketball Federation) basketball. Dr. Howard was the recipient of the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) Region V Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean in 2014 and the Washington Student Achievement Council’s College Bound Champion Award in 2015.
He holds a BS in Psychology, MEd in Educational Administration, and doctoral work in both Higher Education & Theology.
Daniela Bulos '15 is an academic advisor for the Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) Program at Pace University. Prior to her position at Pace, Daniela was an academic advisor for the Office of Letters and Sciences at the University of Maryland, where she was also an intergroup dialogue facilitator and facilitated dialogues surrounding the topics of race and immigration.
As an undergraduate, she was a highly involved student at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where she earned her BS in Psychology and found her love for higher education. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Master of Education in Student Affairs, Higher Education, and International Education Policy with a concentration in Student Affairs. She is passionate about social justice, college access, and student success.
Devon Thomas '13 currently works as the Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where she helps coordinate a 4-year co-curricular leadership development program for over 800 UA students called the Blue Chip Leadership Experience. She earned an MA in Higher Education at the University of Arizona in 2014 and a BS in Psychology from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in 2012. While at Brockport, she was a Resident Assistant in Harmon Hall for 2 years, participated in the Leadership Development Program, taught group exercise classes, and graduated from the Honors program. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education at the University of Arizona with research interests in critical theory, social justice, and experiential learning opportunities which foster allyship development and praxis. She has experience presenting on topics such as experiential education and social justice for face-to-face as well as online learning environments for various audiences. Outside of work and graduate classes, you can find her rock climbing, baking desserts for friends and colleagues, or trying to find a tv to watch the Buffalo Bills!
RA Conference participants will be able to:
- Identify multiple levels of diversity, including the ongoing development of their identity, and ways to create an inclusive community.
- Describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits in relation to alcohol/substances, nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and conflict resolution.
- Create a network of student leaders and professionals
- Identify and apply strategies in the areas of customer service, community building, motivation, leadership, conflict management, ethics, boundaries, etc.
Our theme this year is “Friends – We will be there for you!” We are encouraging all programs to incorporate the theme. The RA Conference committee has established predetermined “tracks” to give conference attendees a better way to plan their day:
|The RA||All things related to the RA position. Examples may include creating personal balance, confrontation, working with difficult/challenging students or situations, staying motivated or communication.|
|Social Justice & Diversity||Programs that will help attendees identify multiple levels of diversity; help explore their own development, or ways to intentionally create an inclusive community through the RA position.|
|Wellness||Programs that help describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits for nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and alcohol/substance use.|
|Community Building & Programming||Ideas utilized to build and maintain a successful and healthy community. Programs could include passive programming or active community building ideas|
|Professional Track||For current student affairs professionals to share best practices and interest areas within the field.|
Ways to Get Involved:
There are several opportunities to be actively involved in our conference this year!
We are currently accepting Program Proposals. Presentations are slated for 45 minutes and are categorized as the following: Community Building & Programming, Wellness, Social Justice and Diversity, The RA, and Professional Track (aimed for, and led by, student affairs professionals). All program proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017.
We are also accepting submissions for our Program and Bulletin Board Showcase. This is another option for individuals to present successful programs, initiatives, bulletin boards and ideas! Proposals for the Program and Bulletin Board Showcase are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Registration is also open for our Case Study Competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enhance their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and student affairs. In pairs, participants will design and present the best possible solution to a challenging hypothetical situation in the field of higher education to a panel of judges. There is no additional fee to participate, but pre-registration is required and is due by 5 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: The Case Study Competition is only open to undergraduate students.
Schedule of Events
|8:30 – 9:10 AM||Check-in & Continental Breakfast|
|9:10 – 10 AM||Welcome & Featured Speakers|
|10:10 – 10:55 AM||Session #1|
|11:05 – 11:50 AM||
Case Study Competition
|12:00 – 1:10 PM||Lunch & Keynote Speaker|
|1:20 – 2:05 PM||Session #3|
|2:10 – 2:40 PM||Program & Bulletin Board Showcase|
|2:45 – 3:30 PM||Session #4|
|3:35 – 4 PM||Closing Remarks and Giveaways|
Registration and Proposal Forms:
Both attendees and presenters must register for the conference. The conference cost includes a continental breakfast, a buffet-style lunch, and conference materials. The costs are as follows:
By registration deadline of 10/20/17
(any day after 10/20/17)
Registration deadline is October 20, 2017. Registration after the deadline will be subject to a $15 increase per person.
- For participants who submit a program proposal and has been approved by the committee to present, their registration fee is $30 per presenter.
- We encourage your institution to bring at least one special “giveaway” for the raffle. If you would like to do that, please provide those to the staff at the check-in table.
- Please note, we are unable to process credit card payments.We must have payment or a P.O. number to accompany the registration form.
- Please make checks payable to BASC/RA Conference
- Mail Check or Purchase Order number to: RA Conference Residential Life/Learning Communities, College at Brockport 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport NY 14420
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations or adjustments to registrations must be made by 5 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017, by contacting the RA Conference committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. All cancellations or adjustments made prior to this date will be reimbursed in full. All cancellations or adjustments made after October 20, 2017, will have forfeited any reimbursement.
"Changing the Way We Talk" Deliberative Dialogue Training:
Professionals are invited to participate in a Deliberative Dialogue Training also on the College at Brockport campus on Saturday, November 4! The training will take place from 9 am to 4 pm in the Liberal Arts Building.
Deliberative Dialogues are an opportunity to engage in discussions around a variety of topics of public concern. "Deliberation asks us to begin with what we hold most dear and share our personal experiences with a given issue. It’s about looking at the costs and consequences of possible solutions to daunting problems, and finding out what we, as a people, will or will not accept as a solution." (www.nifi.org)
Conference attendees have the option to participate in this one-day workshop that will teach participants how to hold these intentional conversations, along with how to train additional facilitators to establish an informed group of forum leaders.
This workshop is $50 for members of the community, which includes breakfast, lunch, and program materials. Space is limited to 45 people.
Driving Directions and Parking:
From points east:
- From NYS Thruway Exit 45 (Victor) take I-490 through Rochester and west to exit 8 for Route 531.
- Take 531 to the end at Washington Street. Follow signs to Brockport (six miles) by taking Route 31 west.
- Follow signs to the College. Enter the campus at Commencement Drive.
From points west:
- From NYS thruway Exit 47 (LeRoy) take Route 19 north to Brockport (about 13 miles).
- Follow signs to the College. Enter the campus at Commencement Drive.
From points south:
- From Interstate 390 north, take I-490 west.
- Follow directions from points east, above. Exit 8 is one mile west of I-390.
No parking permits are required. All lots have open parking on the weekends. Printable Campus Map (pdf)
RA Conference Planning Committee:
Monique Rew-Bigelow, Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities
Vanessa Taylor, Resident Director, McLean Hall (Chair)
Megan Tefft, Resident Director, Mortimer Hall (Event Coordinator)
Ebenezer Mfodwo, Resident Director, MacVicar Hall (Event Coordinator)
Devon Smith, Resident Director, Benedict Hall (Program Coordinator)
Mark Poblocki, Resident Director Intern, Morgan Hall (Registration Coordinator)
Lexi Athens, Resident Director, Perry Hall (Registration Coordinator)
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 4!