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Self-Cultural Awareness as a Tool for Effective ChangeIf cultural competence is about bridging across differences that make a difference, then the work must start with a focus on self. Our identities and cultures inform our beliefs, values, assumptions and biases and thus influence the ways we think about behave when working and relating across difference. This workshop helps change agents explore their own cultural patterns and behaviors and links identity awareness to our capacity to make new and different choices to achieve equity or inclusion goals.Jesse Ross, Director, The Minneapolis Foundation1
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Southeast Asian Students: Experiences, Identity, and Support in Higher EducationThis panel of current graduate students in a student affairs program will discuss their experiences as Southeast Asian students. Panelists will explore themes surrounding identity, balance, experiences of marginalization, strengths, and best practices for supporting this student population. Attendees will be challenged to examine their own perceptions, increase their knowledge of the historical and cultural experiences of Southeast Asian people, and identify strategies of support.Seth Christman, Assistant Professor, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University

Belinda Lee, Graduate Student, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University

Brandon Vue, Graduate Student, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University

Bory Chhunn, Graduate Student, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University

Xee Vue, Graduate Student, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University

Tonny Yang, Graduate Student, College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University
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Toxic Masculinity: Bullying, Boys, and Being a Better PersonWhat is Toxic Masculinity? What leads to the mentality of "boys will be boys" and how does that affect the "men" that walk around our campuses? In this session, we will reflect on concepts of gender, sex, masculinity, and bullying around the works of Jackson Katz, Director of "Tough Guise", and Michael Kimmel, author of "Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men" to explore masculinity and help to make it a little less toxic.Taylor Bergstrom, Hall Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato1
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A Page from the Playbook: Sport & Performance Psychology Strategies to Help Your StudentsSport and performance psychology concepts are useful in all areas of life including academics. They provide strategies that are relatable and motivational to students who can identify with athletes who have had success using sport and performance psychology concepts. Learn strategies that can be used to help students develop and prioritize goals, focus on opportunities in challenging situations, and more. Sara Fier, Associate Professor/Licensed Psychologist, Southwest Minnesota State University2
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It's About Bak Bak Time: Examination of the Film Crazy Rich Asians Through the Lens of Student Affairs ProfessionalsIt’s about Bak Bak time! With the popularity of the film Crazy Rich Asians, comes conversations about what does it mean to be Asian American and the visibility of Asian role models in media. How can we bring this conversation onto campus? This presentation uses the film to examine the Asian American experience through the lens of SA professionals. This program offers resources for SA professionals wishing to use this film as an educational program or for training student leaders.
Xyahli McIntyre, Leadership in Student Affairs Program Coordinator - Graduate Assistant, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Jayne Sommers, Leadership in Student Affairs Program Director, Faculty, & Program Advisor, University of St. Thomas
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Using Reflection to Connect to Your WhyWe don’t learn by doing, we learn by thinking about what we do. When students feel personally connected to what they are doing, they thrive. Reflection can help them get there. In this session, we’ll talk about what reflection is, why it matters, and how to use it in your own work in student affairs—particularly in student leader training. You’ll learn how to ask powerful questions, how to facilitate several reflection activities, and how to make reflection relevant for students. Tristan Richards, Graduate Assistant, Hamline University2
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When "Well-Meaning" Is Not EnoughIt is usually admirable to be “well-meaning” in our daily lives, but when it comes to actually serving as catalysts for positive change within higher education, what happens when “well-meaning” is not enough? This workshop will highlight common ideologies, misunderstandings, and behaviors that well-meaning individuals subscribe to that counteract their attempts to create inclusive spaces at their institutions. Also, this workshop will provide participants with relevant history and examples; small group activities and discussions; and large group solution brainstorming.Joanne K. Reeck, Founder & Lead Trainer, United for Change Consulting, LLC

Akemi Mechtel, Senior Trainer, United for Change Consulting, LLC
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Building Community for Indigenous Students: The Dave Larsen American Indian Immersion ExperienceThe Dave Larsen American Indian Immersion Experience is a transformative educational partnership between North Hennepin Community College, Robbinsdale Area Schools, the University of Minnesota, Columbia Heights School District, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Edina Public Schools, St Paul Public Schools and several tribal nations and colleges. The program consists of an annual five-day tour of Indian reservations, tribal governments and schools, Indigenous elders and leaders in Minnesota and Wisconsin for high school, community college and university students. This workshop will explore the cross-institutional collaboration and transforming the project into a credit-bearing class.Ana H Munro, Professor/Post Grad Student, North Hennepin Community College/St Cloud State University

Randy Gresczyk, American Indian Advisor, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Michael Birchard, Chief Diversity Officer, North Hennepin Community College
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Providing a Social Justice Lens to Career CoachingThis presentation will focus on best practices for applying a social justice lens to career coaching. This presentation will highlight the work of the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Career Team and their method of inclusively coaching students with career interests related to health professional school, graduate school, research, and other related careers. Attendees of this presentation will assess their own work with students to determine ways to more inclusively support students with their career goals.Luke Feuling Porter, Pre-Health Career Coach, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities3
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I Am From: A Case Study for Retaining Students of Color at Predominantly White InstitutionsStudents of color entering pre-dominantly white institutions report being stereotyped, feeling overwhelmingly invisible, being singled out in the classroom, experiencing racial battle fatigue, and often witnessing racism and racially related incidents. Without effective support initiatives and an environment that does not validate them as scholars, these students will not and do not persist. Presenters will use the “I Am From” documentary to highlight a leadership training program that promotes retention and emphasizes skill transfer and community empowerment based upon values inherent in traditional Native American values. This program requires participants to attend back to back sessions for the full experience. Hudlin Wagner, Consultant/Interim Director of CMIE, St. Olaf College

Antonia Grant, IOS Coordinator, St. Olaf College
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Community Love: Creating a safe, healthy, and more hopeful communityCommunity Love: Creating a safe, healthy, and more hopeful community: Community Love is a partnership between Brooklyn Park, the Brooklyn Park Police Department, North Hennepin Community College's Community Organizing class, and members of the local community. Designed to reduce violence and increase literacy rates among young men of color, the project engages college students in a meaningful organizing experience.Ana H Munro, Professor/Post Grad Student, North Hennepin Community College/St Cloud State University

Antonio Smith, City Lead for Cities United and My Brother's Keeper, City of Brooklyn Park

Matthew Rabe, Brooklyn Park Police Community Engagement Officer, Brooklyn Park Police Department
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Developing a 25-minute Intervention for Elevated Emotions & People in CrisisIncreasingly, higher education professionals are faced with students who experience personal crises and elevated emotions. Campuses provide direct clinical services, but rarely provide training on how to do a brief intervention that helps people. You don’t have to spend hours with a student to make a difference. There is a way to help students and protect boundaries. Take this opportunity to weigh-in on the development of a tool for campus-wide use that provides the framework for a 25-minute impactful intervention. Kate Noelke, Director of Integrated Wellness at Winona State University & EdD Candidate at St. Cloud State University4
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Creating Active CitizensDoes your institution reference community, citizenship, or something similar in its mission and vision statements? What does that commitment look like in practice? During this session, we will explore two frameworks for civic education, reflect on your institution's approach, and identify new ways to encourage civic engagement.Shannon Williams, Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Inver Hills Community College5
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Entering a New Educational Community: Starting a DoctorateDoctorate programs can be a great opportunity to take your career in new directions, grow personally and professionally, and build a new educational community with professionals in the field. This often seems like a challenge to those who work full time or have not been in the classroom in years. A doctorate can create access to leadership to populations that have been neglected. A discussion will be held about the benefits, challenges, and opportunity costs of pursuing a doctoral degree.Steven McCullar, Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University

Michele Braun-Heurung, Doctoral Center Coordinator, St. Cloud State University
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Importance & Benefits of Collegiate Recovery ProgramsRates of substance use and mental health are on the rise, and campus staff need to be aware of these changes in order to be responsive to the needs of students. Having on-campus resources to address these needs can help students continue their education while being supported. Attendees will learn about these trends, and will be able to understand what collegiate recovery programs are, and what they provide to the campus environment, and information on how to start a CRP.Tamarah Gehlen, Director, StepUP Program, Augsburg University5
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Not Another Checkbox for your Department: Re-evaluating perceptions about first-generation students of colorThis session will discuss trauma first-generation college students face in higher education and how we, as student affairs professionals, faculty, and staff can create a community where students can process and their experiences can be shared. Priscilla Perez, Hall Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Jannie Gonzales, Aspire Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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Internationalization of College Campuses: Working with Non-U.S. Citizen Student PopulationsThe presentation will serve as a primer on student visa rules, requirements and limitations. It will familiarize attendees with key immigration law and policy concepts. Presenters will highlight some of the most common legal situations that impact international students. The program will culminate with a discussion on DACA, current Executive Orders, and court decisions and what University and College professionals can do to support and advise the ever increasing international student population. Mark J Karon, Director/Attorney, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Chelsea Flaherty, Senior Staff Attorney, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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The Impact of Hall Directors (and Potentially other Student Affairs Personnel) Becoming Hourly EmployeesThe hall director position has an impactful role in community building. A hall director’s ability to create space for hope and healing may be impacted by time available for community building. Some hall directors are becoming limited to a 40-hour workweek due to changing policies. Research results from a qualitative dissertation study offer insight into the impact of hall directors becoming hourly employees. A discussion on the transferability of the findings to other student personnel positions will also take place.Jamie Van Boxel, Area Director of Residential Life at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Doctoral Candidate at St. Cloud State University6
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Using Public Sociology to Address Contemporary Issues in Student Affairs: A Cross-disciplinary ApproachThis presentation will address the findings of the MNSU 2018 Food Insecurity Study and suggest how public sociological principles can be utilized to involve undergraduate students in the research of contemporary student issues. The presentation will consist of a PowerPoint with time for questions/discussion afterwards. Attendees will learn how to engage students in research and encourage them to utilize critical thinking skills, community building, and advocacy to address the needs of their peers and the larger campus community.Cole Denisen, Graduate Student, College Student Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Carol Glasser, Associate Professor, Director - Kessel Peace Institute, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Community College Connection: A Bridge Program to Ease TransitionThe transition into college can be an overwhelming one. Some students need extra care and support in their transition to the college environment from high school, concerning academics, campus involvement, and important life skills. Come hear about the Community College Connection program; a bridge program between St. Cloud Technical & Community College and St. Cloud State University, designed to give a specific population of incoming college students extra support and the means to successfully transition from a 2-year to a 4-year institution. Amie Bordwell, Coordinator of Community College Connection Program, St. Cloud State University

Nathan Bambenek, Graduate Assistant, St. Cloud State University
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Nurturing and sustaining an inclusive space for supervisionStudent affairs educators are often called to be supervisors fairly early in their careers. Whether someone has had experience as a supervisor or has yet to supervise, this session will provide participants with the opportunity to better understand competencies associated with providing inclusive supervision. Through discussion and sharing real-life examples, participants will learn strategies in creating a space that not only offers support but also empowers supervisees in their professional journeys. Kerry Diekmann, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Heather Kaasa, Doctoral Student, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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What about Us? Professional Competencies for Student Affairs PractitionersTraditionally, educational environments have been the property of non-disabled students, creating a chilly climate for students disabled by physical, social, and attitudinal barriers to their learning. Our Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners (ACPA & NASPA, 2015) asserts an "expectation of engagement and active participation in social justice and inclusion", explicitly calling practitioners to advocate for all students. This session/workshop introduces Disability-Related Competencies and provides an opportunity for individuals and teams to evaluate their knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to supporting students with disabilities on our college campuses. Molly Tast, Office for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Anoka-Ramsey Community College7
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