Sample Schedule from Pilot Drive-In

"The Value in Student Advising:  A NACA® Drive-In"

September 28, 2017 ž Brandeis University

(Steve Pagios and Joanne Darrigo – 2017 Innovation Grant Recipients)


10:00am – 10:15amIntroduction & Welcome
10:30am – 12:00pm

Workshop Block 1


Advising as a High-Impact Educational Practice for Student Engagement

Presenter:  Scott Lyons, Ed.D., Director of Student Involvement & Leadership, Johnson & Wales University (RI)

College and universities are doing a great injustice by relying solely on the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) to capture the essence of student engagement on campus.  This workshop will go beyond the basics of the five high-impact educational practices associated with student engagement to explore the many ways your campus can better understand and tell the story of student learning and development that occurs beyond the classroom.  Implications from a recent study on co-curricular student advising will be discussed to empower campus activities professionals to enhance how the co-curricular student experience is truly valued within their institution.


Navigating Free Speech and Student Advocacy as Student Advisors

Presenter:  Meagan Sage, Assistant Dean of Students, Southern New Hampshire University

With the state of the world today and students who are demonstrating a desire to speak their minds and stand up for their beliefs, the topic of free speech comes up often and leaves college and university staff with a number of questions and concerns.  What is allowed and legal?  How do we protect our campuses and students?  How do we promote free speech while ensuring respect and civility?  How can we support our students while also supporting our institutions and protecting our employment?  While there are not always cut and dried answers to these questions, there are some helpful guidelines and best practices that can help influence how to advise students on these difficult and hot-button subjects.  Learn about current cases in the news and how they've been handled, and issues colleagues are having and their insights, and gain helpful guidance on how to manage difficult situations during such a politically charged time.

12:00pm – 12:40pmLunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm

Roundtable Catch-All

  • Topic 1:  Assessment
  • Topic 2:  Student Organization Processes
  • Topic 3:  Student Leadership Programs
1:50pm – 2:50pm

NACA Talks

Each of the workshop presenters speak for about 15 minutes each about of their a-ha/learning moments as an advisor.

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Workshop Block 2


Diversity and Inclusion Meet Student Organization Advising

Presenter:  Kelly Boutin, Assistant Director of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Bryant University (RI)

When considering "values-based advising," what personal values come up for you?  Do diversity and inclusion make the list?  This presentation explores the concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity, equality and intersectionality through the lens of student organization advising.  In our current political and social climate, what are our students asking of student affairs professionals?  What are we asking of ourselves and of one another?  Join this session to dig deeper into your personal values and to pinpoint action items that can transform and inspire your practice.


Leading and Living with Purpose

Presenter:  Tim St. John, Assistant Dean for Campus Life, Clark University (MA)

Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder, "Why am I doing this?"  This session will help you reconnect with the purpose of your work and the reason you are engaged within it.  Using concepts from Simon Sinek and Drew Dudley, we will explore the collection of little moments that impact us and remind us why we do this work.  This session will also help everyone in attendance incorporate the idea of leading and living with purpose into daily life and help everyone learn how to use these concepts with students.

4:35pm – 4:45pmClosing & Social Invitation


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