NASPA
2020 NASPA Annual Conference

SA Speaks

SA Speaks—Student Affairs Speaks—are submitted by your peers and selected by your colleagues, these 10-minute talks will offer presenters and participants an innovative look at important topics and a means to spread ideas about how we can change the student affairs profession and transform learning in higher education. 


SA Speaks Schedule

Afternoon

  • 1:15 pm to
    2:45 pm

    Rushing the Queer: Undergraduate Experiences of a Student with Conflicting Intersectional Identities at a PWI

    Javier Ramirez

    Rushing the Queer: Undergraduate Experiences of a Student with Conflicting Intersectional Identities at a PWI

    As institutions of higher education begin to foster the understanding of intersectionality of students, it is imperative to provide spaces supporting multiple identities. But what does a collegiate experience look like for someone in multiple favored communities that remain separate? I will share my experiences as an openly gay, white-passing Latino in a white fraternity and how it can inform the work of student affairs professionals. Topics in this work include code-switching, tokenization, and uncompensated marginalized student labor.

    When

    Tuesday, March 31
    1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Javier Ramirez
    NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus

  • 1:15 pm to
    2:45 pm

    Chasing Rainbows: The Power of Autoethnographic Poetry

    Michiko Kealoha

    Chasing Rainbows: The Power of Autoethnographic Poetry

    Throughout many cultures, our family's stories illustrate rainbows as a message from our ancestors, and a bridge to consciousness. How can we chase rainbows, this consciousness and connection? If we are the descendants of our ancestors and the ancestors of our descendants, what stories will be included for future generations; whose narratives will be shared? The speaker will share the potential of autoethnographic poetry: its international roots for healing and inclusion, its community cultural wealth power, and its place in higher education.

    When

    Tuesday, March 31
    1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Michiko Kealoha
    Student Life and Leadership Manager, University of San Francisco

  • 1:15 pm to
    2:45 pm

    First-generation Student Status Isn’t Enough: Acknowledging the Multiple Identities of Students Matters

    Shonda Goward

    First-generation Student Status Isn’t Enough: Acknowledging the Multiple Identities of Students Matters

    Researchers and practitioners alike often conflate first-generation student status with that of low-income student status. However, this is not always the case: the children of basketball star LeBron James are first-generation college students, for example. Low-income student status extends beyond the campus into student's lives post-graduation. The presenter will discuss her own upbringing as a poor, African-American woman, and how and why she is working to create space for working class people to be proud of their background. Further, she will show how she used the strengths she learned from her own background to survive first, and thrive second.

    When

    Tuesday, March 31
    1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Shonda Goward
    Academic Director, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 1:15 pm to
    2:45 pm

    Resiliency, Self-care, and Why Fandom Matters

    Alfred Day

    Resiliency, Self-care, and Why Fandom Matters

    Our jobs will take as much time as we're willing to give them. Why, then, do we continue to accept 12-hour days and weekends in the office? The ability to attain resiliency in difficult times can be nurtured. Find out how embracing fandom can support your struggles at the office; and give you a richer, more fulfilling life at home.

    When

    Tuesday, March 31
    1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Alfred Day
    Assistant Dean of Students; Director, Center for Support and Intervention, University of California, Berkeley

Morning

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    The Ultimate Guide to Mastering the Art of the Casual Anxiety Attack

    Brian MacDonald

    The Ultimate Guide to Mastering the Art of the Casual Anxiety Attack

    In Marvel's "The Avengers," Bruce Banner confesses his secret to releasing the Hulk. "That's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry." Brian MacDonald will confess a similar secret: he's always anxious. Brian will recount the secret origins of his anxiety, his decades-long feud with this supervillain, and will relate his journey to our work with mental health on college campuses, and to his observation that higher education itself may be operating in a state of fight-or-flight.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Brian MacDonald
    Director, Residential Education, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Same Game Different Playing Field: Continuing the Legacy of Student Affairs from Outside the Box

    Kelvin Harris

    Same Game Different Playing Field: Continuing the Legacy of Student Affairs from Outside the Box

    The presenter will share how his work continues to impact student affairs and its legacy while not directly working on a college campus, but through the national non-profit, scholarship providing organization, UNCF: United Negro College Fund. In his position, Kelvin works directly with the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, a $1.6B initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn how his student affairs background and training aided in his success.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Kelvin Harris
    Director of Leadership Programs & Alumni Relations, United Negro College Fund/Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Nice for What: A Love Letter to Angry Black Women

    Jaylyn Jones

    Nice for What: A Love Letter to Angry Black Women

    Love, kindness, tolerance, civility, respectability - these are all words that get tossed around when we talk about social justice. However, our history is full of pain, hate, anger, sadness, and frustration. In order to move towards the joy of liberation, we must first move through the pains of our racist past and present. Rather than ignoring the hurt, we must challenge ourselves to embrace pain as part of healing and recognize that being nice isn't enough.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Jaylyn Jones
    Community Director, Arizona State University

  • 10:30 am to
    11:45 am

    Grit: Lessons I’ve Learned as a Young(ish) Widow

    Keegan Nichols

    Grit: Lessons I’ve Learned as a Young(ish) Widow

    Grit and resiliency have been found to be essential in student success and the success of our professionals. Grit is the motivation, passion, and perseverance necessary to achieve an objective and reach long-term goals. Resilience is the optimism required to keep bouncing back from failure. During this session, I will share lessons from what I have learned from my journey of being a new, young(ish) widow, and from my late husband, Jimmy Nichols.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    10:30 am to 11:45 am

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Keegan Nichols
    Vice President for Student Affairs, Arkansas Tech University

Afternoon

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    ROWEing Toward the Future: Student Affairs Work Redefined

    Paul Artale

    ROWEing Toward the Future: Student Affairs Work Redefined

    In this session, student affairs professional and work-life expert Paul Artale will share one simple skill that all managers and supervisors need to have in order to create high-performing units. After briefly highlighting the issue of burnout and job satisfaction in student affairs, Paul will go on to talk about the benefits of creating results-oriented work environments (ROWE). ROWEs create workspaces that are more dynamic, increase satisfaction, and create an environment that will both retain and develop talent. The talk will finish with a simple challenge any manager can do to make their unit more ROWE-ish in just 30 days.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Paul Artale
    Manager of Graduate Student Engagement, University of Michigan

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Belonging with Authenticity

    John Bollard

    Belonging with Authenticity

    We know that significant events, people, and experiences can change who we are and impact our ability to be our truest selves as educators and student affairs professionals. In this powerful and honest reflection, the presenter will share rich personal experiences as examples of how knowing our true selves makes us more impactful, authentic, and influential with the students and colleagues we interact with every day.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    John Bollard
    Chief of Operations, the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Looking Out for #1: To Help Others, You Must First Help Yourself

    kc Bui

    Looking Out for #1: To Help Others, You Must First Help Yourself

    To be effective student affairs professionals, we must provide self-care for ourselves. The presenter will share her journey into student affairs and three lessons that continue to shape the practice of her daily work. The presenter pushed herself to experience opportunities that scared her; learned to take care of her physical well-being; and focused on her core values.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    kc Bui
    Administrative Manager, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 3:30 pm to
    4:45 pm

    Epic Rap Battles of Higher Education History

    Josie Ahlquist, Lloyd Ahlquist

    Epic Rap Battles of Higher Education History

    What could a two-time Emmy-nominated YouTube series, with 14 million subscribers, three billion views, and 12 gold records teach educators about innovation and student learning? What if you paired the co-creator of Epic Rap Battles of History with a higher education digital engagement and leadership scholar? This duo will perform an original higher education rap battle and share how campus leaders can apply tenants of creating a viral sensation like ERB for student engagement and learning.

    When

    Wednesday, April 1
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    Where

    South Hall K
    LA Convention Center

    Presented by

    Josie Ahlquist
    igital Engagement & Leadership Speaker, Author, Consultant. Florida State Research Associate and Instructor
    Lloyd Ahlquist
    Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Epic Rap Battles of History


View 2018 SA Speaks

Below are videos from the 2018 edition of SA Speaks: