Block I Presentations run from 1:30-11:30am
Assessment for Social Justice – Exploring a Way Forward
Location: Benjamin Banneker A 2212
Presenter(s): Sophie Tullier
Late in the year of 2017, a call went out over the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) listserv asking for volunteers to participate in projects related to critical approaches to assessment in Student Affairs. A small group has been collaborating on a foundational document to push the field further in the direction of aligning our social justice and equity orientations with assessment. Participants will learn about this initiative and engage in discussion offering feedback and critiques on the work and ways to improve it both in content, considerations, delivery, and practical applications.
How a Class Raised Awareness About Food Insecurity on Campus
Location: Prince George’s Room 1211
Presenter(s): Gemma Puglisi, Laura Ragusa, William “Koji” Wieber
In a recent survey, over 60 percent of students stated that they did not have enough food to eat while attending college. This panel discussion will take a look at food insecurities on campuses but will focus on the work a senior class undertook to raise awareness about their food pantry on campus–“The Market.” The panel discussion will feature the work the team did, including a panel discussion, a food drive, and fundraisers.
Impact of a First-year Service-Learning Program on Student College and Career Trajectory
Location: Juan Ramon Jimenez 2208
Presenter(s): Vanessa Negron
This panel will report the results of a study that was conducted to determine the impacts of a first-year, undergraduate, service learning-focused, living-learning community program on students’ college and career trajectories. In doing so, we hope to bring attention to the value of partnerships between universities and the community-based organizations surrounding them. These partnerships are important in encouraging student civic engagement not only throughout their college years, but further into their adulthood. Student perspectives will round out the presentation.
People in Flight: A Humanitarian Simulation
Location: Benjamin Banneker B 2211
Presenter(s): David J. Smith
In this session, students will engage in a humanitarian activity in order to experience the nature of humanitarian and peacebuilding engagement. Students will role play as humanitarian aid workers and refugees fleeing a conflict zone. The simulation will provide students with the opportunity to experience the actual work and skill sets needed by those working in complex emergencies. The Forage Center has offered a modified version of this simulation to colleges and universities around the U.S. (www.foragecenter.org).
Student Leadership Puts Passion to Action Within a Living Learning Community (and Beyond)
Location: Margaret Brent A 2112
Presenter(s): Fehintola Bright-Awonuga, Thomas, Southerland, Maia Parker, Rees Darminski
The Shriver Center’s Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE) program at UMBC creates spaces and pathways in which students, faculty, and staff deepen understanding of community needs and assets and develop relationships with community partners to bring about positive, systemic change through a social justice and equity lens. This workshop exemplifies how student leaders put their passion to action and build community, understand differences, and identify solutions to overcome barriers. This interactive session will create an environment for participants to develop a learning community, exchange knowledge about leadership development, and how to apply it in their respective organizations/campuses.
Tough Topics: Fierce Conversations
Location: Margaret Brent B 2112
Presenter(s): Amy Engineer, Craig Slack
Do you ever struggle to engage in difficult conversations with your friends, family, and peers? This session will go over how to give and get feedback and manage relationships. We will go over The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations and the confrontation model. After the session, participants will know how to engage in difficult conversations with others and they will know how to apply the confrontational model, using the 60 second opening statement method.