Student Leaders, ready to burst out of the stairwell to engage the crowd at Orientation.
24 Aug 2016

Asking the Obvious: Why Does Student Affairs Engage Students During Orientation?

This Sunday, after days (in some cases, weeks) of student staff training, Ryerson University kicks-off Orientation by moving 900+ students into Residence, followed by a

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CACUSS Presenter stands on stage, dropping knowledge on the crowd.
29 Jul 2016

Conference Reflection: CACUSS 2016

On June 19, 2016, hundreds of Student Affairs professionals from across Canada and around the globe descended upon Winnipeg for the annual Canadian Association of

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13 Jul 2016

The Power of the Arts: Tools for Holistic Transformative Learning in Student Affairs

In October 2013, I was sitting in a lecture hall at Carleton University at the opening event for the “Power of the Arts National Forum: Advancing

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The Canadian flag flies over Toronto, the title "Canadian Mindset List" hovering in the sky.
20 Jun 2016

The Canadian Mindset List: Inclusive & Empathetic

Have you ever heard of or seen The Mindset List? Every August I get an email or see a link on Facebook that prompts me

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A Question Posed, August 2015
31 Aug 2015

A Question Posed to SA Folks: How would you make our orientation programming better?

It’s that time of year again. Orientation Week is just around the corner (or, depending when you’re reading this, just past). The arrival of our

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Rachel considers the merits of the word courage, over brave.
23 Apr 2015

Creating Courageous Spaces

On April 2, 2015, I attended Creating Brave Spaces: a Community Forum on Privilege and Our Shared Responsibility as a panelist. As part of this

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11 Feb 2015

Like Our Students Do: My Recent Experience with Transition

I have been thinking a lot about change and transition lately. In truth, I have been thinking about it quite intensely for the past six

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21 Apr 2014

Staff Spotlight: Rachel Barreca

Details: Position: Acting Coordinator Department: Student Life Programs Questions: What’s the first thing you do when you come into the office? Log in to my

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