Academic and Student Affairs Alliance Conference


ASA Alliance Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Session Key:

  • (M) Mindfulness Track
  • (D) Diversity & Inclusion Track

9  – 9:30 a.m. Registration

Alder Hall Commons

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Conference Welcome

Alder Hall Auditorium

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote (M)

Alder Hall Auditorium

Anne Browning, UW Resilience Lab, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Session Block I

Disability Resources for Students: Connecting the Dots with Campus Partners

Alder 103

  • Valerie Hamilton, Disability Resources for Students, Student Life
  • Meghan Matthews, Disability Resources for Students, Student Life
  • Dominic Evans, Disability Resources for Students, Student Life

In this session, participants will learn about the unique ways in which Disability Resources for Students (DRS) collaborates with Student Life and Academic Affairs partners. Presenters will give an overview of DRS, describe how we partner with HFS, and explain how DRS coordinates with academic partners on campus to administer exams with accommodations. Attendees to this session will come away with a deeper understanding of the complexities of the work that DRS does at the UW.

Deepening the Husky Experience

Alder 107

  • Katy DeRosier, Graduate School & Office of the Provost
  • Michaelann Jundt, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • William Washington, Academic Experience Design & Delivery, UW-IT
  • Molly Mollica, Bioengineering Ph.D. Student
  • Prince Wang, Neurobiology and Communication Alumnus, 2018

Presented through MyUW and curated by a team working with educational collaborators and students, the Husky Experience Toolkit provides messaging to help UW students navigate choices and campus resources from their first day to graduation. Created by and for students, the Husky Seed Fund provides UW students up to $5,000 to bring their projects to life while developing project management and leadership skills. Learn more about how these two efforts help students deepen their Husky Experience.

Mindful Communication (M)

Poplar 105

  • Danny Arguetty, Recreation, Student Life

Communication a key practice in both our personal and professional lives and yet often we are not given tools to support our exploration of this valuable skill. Dive into the ways you converse with yourself and others. In this interactive workshop you will:

  • Own your speech with openness and vulnerability
  • Learn and practice the art of deep listening (including blocks to fully being present)
  • Explore techniques to cultivate greater empathy
  • Get a glimpse into Non-Violent Communication
  • Take home valuable skills to evolve your communication style

Supporting Student Learning & Unit Goals: Campus Internship Development Fund

Alder 105

  • Briana Randall, Career & Internship Center, Student Life

The Campus Internship Development Fund (CIDF) was launched in 2018 to increase student access to internships and provide UW departments with a cost-effective way to leverage Husky talent in support of unit goals. Since then, the CIDF has provided temporary monies to 29 UW units to hire Huskies into high-quality internships. We’ll describe the program, reflect on program successes and challenges, and provide tips for submitting successful CIDF proposals for our next application cycle in April.

Landing in the Right Place

Alder 106

  • Cassady Glass Hastings, First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Kelly Edwards, Graduate School

This session will compare the transitional needs of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as identify strategies for cross-campus collaboration.  Time will be given to hear audience perspectives on the trademarks (positive and negative) of the first year experience for undergraduate or graduate students. 

Utilizing An Assets-Based Approach to Engage and Support International Students (D)

Poplar 106

  • Dan Zhu, Unite UW, Student Life
  • Amy Bergstrom, Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS)
  • Christina Kerr, UAA Advising, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

This session will focus on shifting our perception of international students from a group that needs fixing to one that recognizes the value they bring to the university. The presenters will draw on their first-hand experiences engaging and advising international students to help faculty and staff consider how to understand who our international students are and where they come from, in order to ultimately empower them to take ownership of their academic and social life here at UW.

12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Raffle

Local Point, Lander Hall

1:30 -2:30 p.m. Session Block II

Addressing Student Mental Health & Well-Being through Collaborative Interventions (M)

Poplar 106

  • Megan Kennedy, Student Life
  • Jennifer Harris, Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Liliana Lengua, The Center for Child and Family Well-Being, Department of Psychology
  • Anne Browning, UW Resilience Lab, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Rohan Hiatt, Undergraduate Student Majoring in Mathematics and English

This workshop will feature two distinct six-week programs for students to learn mindfulness practices, build compassion and resilience, stress-management and coping skills. Both endeavors respond to the need for more free and accessible upstream interventions to support student mental health. This workshop will provide an overview of both programs, research findings, reflections from student participants and highlight the need for more community-based approaches to support student mental health.

Developing Meaningful Learning Outcomes for Effective Assessment

Poplar 105

  • Sean Gehrke, Office of Educational Assessment, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Developing learning outcomes is an integral component of effective outcomes-based assessment. This session will review the key components of an outcomes-based assessment model before diving in to identifying learning outcomes that are precise, actionable, measurable, and provide direction for our work. Attendees will gain an understanding of outcomes-based assessment, along with initial building blocks for engaging their programs and departments in meaningful learning outcomes development.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Alder 105

  • Nathan Miglich, Community Standards & Student Conduct, Student Life
  • Ronald Ma, Counseling Center, Student Life

This presentation will provide attendees a snapshot of mental health issues facing students and tools for triage and resource referral. Presenters will provide an introduction to mental health trends and an overview of strategies to support students who disclose mental health concerns, including a review of resources available at the UW. The target audience includes staff who are seeking a beginning understanding of mental health issues and support resources at UW.

Meeting the Needs of Gen Z from Orientation to Graduation

Alder 107

  • Briana Randall, Career & Internship Center, Student Life
  • Matt Skirven, First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Today’s traditional-aged college students are Gen Zers and they are quite different from the Millennials. To help them maximize their Husky Experience, we may need to adapt some of our processes to meet them where they are. We’ll cover 4 topics.

  1. Who is Gen Z and what has influenced them?
  2. What do we know about their social-emotional well-being as it relates to higher education?
  3. What does Gen Z most value in the college experience?
  4. What are they looking for in terms of careers?

Partnership is Key: Joining Forces to Support Men of Color at the University of Washington (D)

Alder 106

  • Paul Metellus, Brotherhood Initiative, College of Education
  • Kenderick Wilson, Education Opportunity Program, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

The Brotherhood Initiative (BI) and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Advising offices have been partnering more intentionally this year in supporting men of color in the Brotherhood Initiative program. This program will, more importantly, highlight how these offices have created a system of support for those students who are high risk and need help navigating campus resources to ensure that they can continue to be a successful student at the University of Washington.

Supporting Transfer Transition: Recruiting, Programming and Advocating for Transfer Students (D)

Alder 103

  • Meghan Coletta, First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Daniel Barkley, First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The UW has made the transfer student experience a priority and so has First Year Programs! This session will highlight new programs and events that help create a meaningful transition for transfer students. Additionally, this program will also provide tangible takeaways on how to create a transfer inclusive environment. Some topics that will be covered include hiring processes, ways to highlight transfer student voices and opportunities to utilize Transfer Ambassadors.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Session Block III

Communication Basics for Non-Communicators: How to Reach Students

Alder 107

  • Adam Serafin, Husky Union Building, Student Life
  • Lindsay Church, Recreation, Student Life
  • Michael Miller, Housing & Food Services, Student Life
  • Martha Tran, Student Academic Services, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Tess Wrobleski, Graduate School

Hear from a panel of UW communicators on effective approaches, platforms, and strategies to reach students. Topics will include reaching students who aren’t seen, hiring and developing student communicators, common traps, and where to begin if you’re starting from scratch.

Enhancing Program Support with Advancement

Poplar 105

  • Tomitha Blake, Academic & Student Affairs Advancement
  • Christina Rocks, Academic & Student Affairs Advancement, Student Life

This training/presentation will provide program staff with further understanding of University Advancement, Annual Philanthropy, and how to build a wide-reaching and deeply felt culture of giving for their program. Participants will get the tools to build a case for support, engage their supporters and attract more supporters for project-based fundraising initiatives as well as on-going programmatic fundraising.

Increasing Retention and Graduation by Understanding Why Students Leave

Alder 103

  • Felipe Martinez, Student Life
  • Megan Kennedy, Student Life
  • Sean Ferris, Student Life

The 2014 Retention and Graduation study has informed a series of interventions and institutional actions to better support students. One of these interventions is the Non-Enrolled Student Survey—a tool to gather data on why students leave the UW. Presenters will describe the development of the survey, the stakeholders involved, and how it has been disseminated to students. In addition, presenters will share findings and data collected that is informing process improvement at the UW.

Students Who Have Experienced Foster Care and/or Homelessness at UW – Holistic Support Through the UW Champions Program (D)

Alder 106

  • Melissa Raap, Champions Program, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Mike Schloss, Champions Program, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Alumni of foster care and students who have experienced homelessness have a challenging road to get to and graduate from college. In this presentation, Champions Program staff will share the need for our campus-wide holistic approach to work with program participants, services available to students, methods for encouraging students to opt-in to the Champions Program, and how you can become part of the on-campus network supporting students who have experienced homelessness and foster care.

The Potentiality of Circle in Your Life (M)

Poplar 106

  • Dr. Jabali Stewart, Center for Ethical Leadership

Circle is a social technology used for relationship building, conflict resolution, healing, and achieving deeper understanding. In this short exploration, participants will share a quick experience of the process and obtain a snapshot of theoretical principles and mechanical necessities. Dr. Stewart is active in community movements throughout the Pacific Northwest. He earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UW and works broadly in the area of intercultural communication and conflict resolution.

UndocuAlly Training 101 (D)

Alder 105

  • Magdalena Fonseca, Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Karen Gamez, Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

The UndocuAlly training will provide participants a general awareness and develop an understanding of undocumented students’ experiences as well as learn about laws, policies, resources, best practices, and how to be an ally for this student population.

4 – 5 p.m. Closing Reception

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Hosted by The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity