The Advisor Experience

Professional development for student advisors has always been an important part of NCSL. Following are the live sessions at the virtual conference:

Post Covid-19: How Higher Education and Student Affairs Have Changed Forever and What’s Next

Jeff Dess, Trill or Not Trill
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic thrust colleges and universities into positions some have never seen before. Areas such as student engagement, emergency response, staff development, and more were challenged. Using research and examples from how other universities have and are coping, this presentation will lead a dialogue on some best practices along with recognizing areas in need of improvement. We’ll also identify new strategies for how educators should prepare for changes on the horizon. As a collective group, we’ll create a new success model and strategic plan to help future success.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify innovative engagement strategies to be better prepared
  • Recognize the importance of online spaces being integrated into day to day student development
  • Learn key tenets to creating and implementing structural changes and strategic planning

Navigating Supervisors

Lenny Williams, Trill or Not Trill

Many of us have had amazing supervisors and some of us have had to deal with toxic leaders. This session will provide some key tips on how to recognize good leadership and also how to cope with bosses who are not benefiting the workspace. This session will also feature a moderated conversation with attendees on their own personal experiences on identifying a great supervisor, tips on how to become a great supervisor, and strategies for how to navigate a troubling supervisor.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Identifying key characteristics of a good supervisor
  • How to cope with a supervisor who may be toxic and unsupportive

Decolonizing Higher Ed: A 27-Year-Old Professor’s Perspective

Jonathan Cabrera, Abstract Lifestyle

Every facet of life has evolved significantly in the last decades, yet education remains in a similar space. With the oversaturation of music and technology outside the classroom for students, it is key to incorporate these elements into the classroom, campus, and collegiate environment. Jonathan Cabrera will use his experience as a professor and as a recently graduated student to bring understanding on how to bridge the gap between faculty and student.

Jonathan will use examples from his undergraduate and graduate experiences at New Jersey City University and New York University to contextualize how he learned what to do with his students from his own experiences as a young scholar. Unpack the nature of certain collegiate norms, their effectiveness, and gain an understanding of cultural and generational inclusivity and how to respond to these needs(i.e. school/home life dynamics, hip-hop/social media-based event planning, etc).
Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what makes certain academic tools ineffective and discuss how to either modify their uses or do away with them.
  • Understand what cultural (ethnic, generational) components are important to students and learn to incorporate those into the collegiate learning experience.
  • Develop confidence and understanding on how to apply these newly learned ideas in programs and events.

Training Leadership Trainers: A Hands-On Experiential Workshop

Jonathan Kroll, University of Rhode Island / Leadership Trainer Certification Program

The leadership training industry is worth over $24 billion dollars—this includes student leadership development experiences on our university campuses. The problem, though, is that most leadership “trainers” lack knowledge of leadership theory, have limited proficiency in effective leadership practices, or are poorly skilled in facilitation. This workshop is designed to prepare Student Affairs educators—those who are charged with and expected to train others in leadership. In this workshop, we will explore experiential learning and reflective dialogue through hands-on activities that you can directly apply to your leadership training endeavors.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn why experiential learning and reflective dialogue are critical components for the effective leadership development of our students
  • Learn, through hands-on practice, how to effectively facilitate experiential learning and ways to infuse this method into the leadership development experiences of students.
  • Learn, through hands-on practice, how to effectively facilitate reflective dialogue and ways to infuse this practice into the leadership development experiences of students.

When It’s Time to Move Out: Knowing When It’s Time to Leave an Institution and How to Do It

Scott Siegel, Columbia University Business School

As professionals in the field, we often struggle when it comes to taking the next steps in our careers. In this roundtable discussion, we will talk through several best practices that could guide SAPros through this potentially stressful process. We will also discuss ways of how to manage what happens after we make that final break-up!
Learning Outcomes:

  • have the ability to better assess the want and/or need to leave a current institution
  • have a better knowledge of the “saying goodbye” to a job process and be able to apply it to one’s professional journey
  • have a better knowledge of best practices around moving on from their current institution and how to manage the next steps

You Don’t Know What Session You Want but This Is the Session You Need: An Exclusive Session for Higher Ed Pros

Collegiate Empowerment

We know, we know: you’re overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid, understaffed, and worse—underappreciated! 14-hour work days. Overload and overwhelm. Weekend events. Nonstop emails. Too many phone calls and texts and IMs. Student demands. Unscheduled meeting requests. And then meetings about your meetings. You came to this conference for your students, for yourself, and maybe just to get away from it all…and now you have to pick a session to go to. This session is designed to help you get what you want and need. How do we know? Because you’re going to tell us. After a quick, informal assessment of what’s most urgent and/or important to the entire group, we’ll connect the dots and explore the patterns to choose the biggest and best topics to unravel during this workshop. That’s right, YOU are going to tell us what you want to talk about, to network about, and what to strategize about.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn from Collegiate Empowerment, a Higher Ed company 25 years in the making
  • Learn from each other during small group conversations and large group shares
  • Learn from your own wisdom through personal reflection and journaling
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