NACA® Northern Plains - Featured Speaker - Wendy Roberson

Wendy Roberson.jpgWendy Roberson

Dean of Student Success, Equity and Inclusion @ Saint Paul College

Wendy has over 25 years of professional experience in higher education through her work at public and private colleges and universities. She has worked in the areas of residence life, student life, leadership development, orientation and first-year experiences, academic advising and multicultural affairs. In addition to her experience in Student Affairs, Wendy has also served as adjunct faculty providing courses on the topics of leadership, organizational development, student development and equity and inclusion.

In her current role as the Dean of Student Success, Equity, Inclusion at Saint Paul College, she provides leadership for several areas including TRiO, Student Life, Advising, Career Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities and Title IX.  Wendy also serves as the College' Senior Diversity Officer leading equity and inclusion initiatives. As the Senior Diversity Officer, Wendy is the chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, facilitates the development of the institution's Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and launched an Equity Training series for faculty and staff.

Throughout her career, creating and sustaining safe spaces for the development and success of college students has been at the core of her work. In addition to the development and success of students, Wendy is also committed to the development of faculty and staff.

Wendy earned her B.S. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Hamline University. She is a certified Strengths Educator, a certified Green Dot Bystander Intervention Trainer and an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. 

Professional Development Lunch

Friday, April 3 – 12:30-1:45 pm – Rooms 10-11

After X and Y Comes Z!

Currently, our college campuses include members of 5 different generations. This presentation will briefly introduce the basic characteristics of each generation. Tips will also be provided on how to support the youngest generation on campus, Gen Z!

Presentation Goals/Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will understand the basic characteristics and differences between generations X, Y and Z.
  2. Participants will learn techniques for supporting Generation Z.

Professional Education Session

Friday, April 3 – 2:00-3:15 pm – Room TBD

Navigating X, Y and Z in the Workplace

The way you lead, supervise and communicate are influenced by your generational identity. How can you be a successful leader when the way you define leadership is different? How can you be a supportive supervisor or employee when the value you place on work is not the same?

This workshop will provide participants with tools that will assist them in navigating generational differences while developing an inclusive workplace culture.

Presentation Goals/Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will understand how generational differences impact the workplace.
  2. Participants will learn techniques to develop and support inclusive work environments across generational characteristics. 

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