NACA® National Convention - Pre-Convention Workshops

With Liberty and Justice for ALL: Our Continued Role as Social Justice Educators

Pre-Convention Professional Staff Workshop
Presented by Vernon A. Wall of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI)
Saturday, February 17, 2017 – 1pm – 3pm
$35 NACA Members/$50 Non-Members
Hynes Convention Center Room 202

The term “social justice” is being used (and misused) on college and university campuses more and more these days. What are the characteristics of a campus community committed to social justice? Are we doing things in the name of social justice that are not congruent with the true spirit of equity and inclusion? In this program, twelve personal reflections on the current state of social justice education in higher education will be shared as well as an opportunity to assess your campus' successes and challenges in providing a campus environment that is welcoming to all.

About Vernon A. Wall

Vernon Wall

Vernon A. Wall has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Vernon currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the Director of
Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. Prior to this position, Vernon served as the Senior Director for Professional Development, Research & Scholarship for the American College Personnel
Association (ACPA - College Student Educators International) and as Assistant Dean of Students at Iowa State University. In spring of 1998, Vernon sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the
Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon is the consummate scholar-practitioner.
Vernon has received numerous awards for his contributions to the quality of student life and is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. Vernon’s passion for social justice and inclusion is grounded in a quote from his late grandmother: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

You can register for this workshop as part of your full #NACA18 registration or as a standalone event.

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Common Ground: Diversity & Inclusion Training for Student Organization Leaders

Pre-Convention Student Workshop
Presented by Madison Cannon, Jenn Leal, Amanda Chapman, and Laura May of Boston University
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 1pm to 3pm
$25 NACA Members/$35 Non-Members
Hynes Convention Center Room 310

Based on Dr. Howard Thurman’s Notion of “common ground”
The world of campus activities is a dynamic place filled with students from many places, with many different stories to tell. Dr. Howard Thurman believed that if people shared meaningful, creative experiences that they would find common ground in one another. This workshop will encourage students to reflect on their own identity and gain a greater sense of self awareness. Students will understand how their role as a student leader can positively impact their institution’s community. Students will identify ways their programming board, campus activities team, or student organization can actively contribute to creating inclusive communities on their campus.

This workshop aims to accomplish the following learning outcomes:

Students will discuss

  • who they are and who their members are
  • what the perception of their organization is
  • mindfulness and openness to others’ experiences
  • how their organization can better engage the community

Following the workshop, facilitators will answer questions and walk participants through how to develop this workshop on their own campuses.

You can register for this workshop as part of your full #NACA18 registration or as a standalone event.

Full Registration    Workshop Only

About the Facilitators

Madison Cannon
Assistant Director of Student Activities, Boston University

Madison Cannon

Madison works with all Student Organizations including the Student Involvement Board, Allocation Board, and Greek Life. She works in training, development, event management, resource support. Madison is excited to assist students as they work to further their organizations and themselves.  Madison has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from the University of Delaware and professional experience in educational leadership development. She is currently completing an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from BU. She currently serves as a regional advisor of Kappa Alpha Theta and volunteered for the educational programming committee for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA).

Jenn Leal
Assistant Director of Student Activities, Boston University

Jenn Leal

Jenn advises the Campus Activities Board, which brings energetic, fun, and fresh entertainment to the BU community. Before joining the staff as a full time assistant director, Jenn was at Simmons College working in Residence Life and also advised student groups during that time.  Jenn has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and her Master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University.

Amanda Chapman

Graduate Assistant, Boston University

Amanda Chapman

Amanda joined SAO in July 2017 as a graduate assistant. In her role, she advises some of the Commonwealth student organizations, supports and develops various student organization recognition initiatives, and works with the student funding board. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass Amherst and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in higher education at BU. She is also working as a Graduate Assistant in BU’s Center for Career Development and plans to graduate in May 2018.

Laura May

Graduate Assistant, Boston University


Laura aids in development of the BU’s student organization recognition program, advises the Student Involvement Board, and supporting campus initiatives. As a second-year graduate student, Laura brings experience in advising, curriculum development, registration, residence life, and student engagement.  Laura earned her B.A. in English at Central Connecticut State University with a minor in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. of Higher Education in Student Affairs at Salem State University and plans to graduate in May 2018.


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