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#RyersonSA at CACUSS 2017

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Pre-Conferences

(Pre-Conference) 3A. International Student Career Development: A Whole-campus Perspective

Arif Abu, Dr. Robert Coffey, Lyn Walsh, and Megan Sager

June 11, 2017 | 9.00 AM – 4.30 PM

For international students, career development is uniquely complex and inseparable from challenges like academic planning, maintaining mental wellness navigating the immigration process, and family planning (Li, 2014). Peer networks, international offices, and career services are just a few on-campus resources utilized by international students seeking help with post-graduation goals like finding employment. Many require a level of understanding beyond traditional career exploration support. Our session will explore competencies needed to support international student’s challenges and expectations, as well as how these competencies are beneficial to support other student populations such as Indigenous, New-to-Canada, Refugee, and First Generation students.

(Pre-Conference) 4A. The Way is Made by Walking

Rachel Barecca, Tricia Seifert, Karen Cornies, and Christine Adam

Sunday, June 11th | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Join colleagues for a guided reflection walk (~20km) along the Chemin des Outaouais ending at Notre Dame Cathedral, steps from the Conference Centre. In our “on-the-go” profession, creating space for contemplation to keep us grounded while responding to challenges is critical yet often undervalued. At the end of the walk, we will debrief the experience and hear from colleagues about the impact of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. This workshop invites participants to take a deep breath and integrate inner and outer work – reflection and praxis – as a step toward the future, integrating the past.


Session 1

1.02. Our #RoadtoCACUSS: A Journey of Holistic Well-being

Kait Taylor-Asquini, Jen Gonzales, Brandon Smith, Ian Crookshank, and Troy Murray

June 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Room 214

Professionals are called to innovatively solve problems in their practice, while maintaining personal well-being, and modeling wellness to colleagues/students. 20+ professionals from across Canada planned, trained, and participated in Road to CACUSS, a cycling journey from Toronto to Ottawa. Positive Psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman’s PERMA-V (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, Vitality) model of well-being was used to ground this experience. As the story of the journey is shared, session participants will consider how the building blocks of PERMA-V could be used to inform their professional practice, and transform a current challenge they are experiencing.


Session 2

2.12 If Equity Is Everyone’s Job, Who’s Going To Do It? : Developing Integrated EDI Practices

Toni DeMello & Scott Clarke

June 12, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Room 213

Embedding equity, diversity and inclusion competencies within SAS should enrich our services and build stronger relations with EDI offices. Yet, there is often a disconnect in service delivery due to the lack formal relationships, inadequate understanding of each unit’s portfolio, discomfort in addressing issues and, far too often, a sense of mistrust. The facilitators will draw on their experiences in SAS and EDI to share integrated responses to support students and address key issues impacting our campuses. Participants will leave with a framework to develop holistic responses to equity-related issues on the individual, interpersonal, campus-community and systemic levels.

2.15 Navigating the Galaxy of Service Delivery Models: Personalized Care – Our New Hope

Matthias Kaay, Sarah Thompson, Allan MacDonald, Laura Girz, and Lauren Goodmen

June 12, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Room 102

Driven by increased demand for service, interest has proliferated in service delivery modernization, including use of stepped-care models, within the post-secondary mental health sector. Concurrently, we have witnessed an apparent identity crisis in post-secondary mental health where mandates vary from championing brief support and external referral, to the provision of long term psychotherapy. Join us as we present on the evolution of service delivery at Ryerson’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling, sharing perspectives from front-line staff to leadership including key principles and action steps exportable to other institutions seeking to customize service delivery solutions to their unique circumstances.


Session 3

3.06 What is Data Without a Good Story?

Lesley D’Souza

June 12, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Room 208

Data storytelling is set to become an essential skill set that all Student Affairs professionals need. Conducting good assessment has been a significant focus within our field for several years, but we have more work to do when it comes to learning how to share our data in powerful ways. Come hear more about what data storytelling is, and what strategies you can use to craft powerful stories around your data. We’ll talk through these examples using data points from the National College Health Assessment.

3.14 Supporting Students Accused in Sexual Violence Complaints

Marcelle Mullings & Mark Atia

June 12, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Room 215

Data storytelling is set to become an essential skill set that all Student Affairs professionals need. Conducting good assessment has been a significant focus within our field for several years, but we have more work to do when it comes to learning how to share our data in powerful ways. Come hear more about what data storytelling is, and what strategies you can use to craft powerful stories around your data. We’ll talk through these examples using data points from the National College Health Assessment.


Session 4

4.09 Diversifying Our Approach: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Career Education

Rachel Barreca, Jean-Pierre Fernandes, and Wincy Li

June 13, 2017 | 10:45 AM 12:00 PM | Room 205

Ryerson University’s Career Centre has transformed its objectives and programming to be more inclusive for our diverse student population. We have challenged ourselves and our employer partners to create more inclusive spaces and strategies to effectively engage students from diverse identities and work towards their career success. Hear what we have done, share what you’re doing, and let’s make the Canadian career development landscape more and more inclusive.


Session 5

5.09 Connecting Our Country Panel Discussion: Canadian Student Affairs on the Digital Frontier

Lesley D’Souza

June 13, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Room 210

We’re bringing Connecting Our Country—a digital project designed to help facilitate, highlight, and build digital communication channels throughout Canadian Student Affairs—to the CACUSS conference in real life! Join a group of panelists from across the country as they discuss the Canadian SA digital identity, what it engaging on Twitter can do for professionals, and where Canadian SA is headed. Get inspired by and participate in the conversations sure to spill over into the hallways of the conference. This isn’t your typical panel discussion—stretch those Twitter fingers, spellcheck your questions, and bring your best GIF game.

5.11. The Story of ThriveRU: the early evolution of a unique and successful student mental health initiative

John Hannah and Diana Brecher

June 13, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM | Room 213

Ryerson University’s unique ThriveRU initiative is a new part of our campus ecosystem responding to student wellness. Its particular bent is to help integrate tenets of well-being and positive psychology into the fabric of local Student Affairs programming across campus and into the curriculum of specific academic courses thorough training of staff, faculty and students in leadership positions. We emphasize the idea of mental health as an essential part of the academic mission of the university. In this session we will describe how the program evolved very quickly from a small training program in local contexts to a hugely popular campus-wide initiative.


Session 6

6.12 Leveling Up our CCR: Discovering, Exploring, Capturing & Storytelling without Validation

Kait Taylor-Asquini and Jen Gonzales

June 13, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room 204

Who are we to validate the student experience? Tasked with creating and implementing a co-curricular recognition program at Ryerson University, we have recently launched a four-level, nonlinear pilot encouraging students to discover their strengths, explore their community, capture their experience, and share their story. Participants track their experiences inside and outside of the classroom, on and off campus, ensuring that our diverse student population is equipped to share their unique Ryerson story. In this session, we will share our experiences from start to present including the why behind our program, the theory underpinning the program, tools and platforms used, and our process for garnering buy-in from students, staff, and faculty.

 

6.18D Dark Side of Social Media: Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health (Pecha-Kucha)

Bailey Parnell

June 13, 2017 | 4:15:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM | Room 214

In the last decade, social media has quickly become synonymous with the internet. Studies show that the average person spends almost two hours per day on social networking sites. While social media is enabling connections, collaboration and opportunities at an unprecedented scale, there’s also dark side to this networked world. How is our use of social media affecting us on a personal level? How is it affecting our mental health or the mental health of our students? Through research and experience, “The Dark Side of Social Media” will examine the current social media landscape, explain the undesired effects it has on us every day and provide next steps for how to improve this situation.


Session 7

7.04 A Thousand Words are Worth a Picture: Snapshots of Publishing in Student Affairs

Carney Strange, Tricia Seifert, Michelle Pidgeon, and John Austin

June 14th, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | Room 215

This presentation will bring clarity to the often-muddied process of publishing in student affairs. Beginning with the conceptualization of an idea, presenters will describe the various formats, the venues (in print or on-line) available to aspiring authors, and the processes of following through with the development of a completed manuscript or submission, ready for review. Participants will explore and receive feedback from four experienced authors on their ideas for potential publishing opportunities.

7.06 Design-Thinking in Student Affairs: A New Way to Frame Our Practice

Bailey Parnell, Lesley D’Souza, Tesni Ellis, Donica Willis, Van Wickiam, and John Hannah

June 14, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Room 208

Over time, our the needs of the students we serve in higher education has repeatedly changed, yet the educational landscape has been, at times, slow to adapt. Design thinking provides a framework that can shape our program creation process into a more effective and efficient praxis. Join the Ryerson Student Affairs Storytelling team to learn about how they work with staff to approach Student Affairs the way designers create great products – with empathy. You’ll learn what design-thinking is, and work alongside them as you apply this framework on current issues of practice to develop creative and innovative solutions. *Please note: This is a double-length session with a design-thinking lecture, and then a current practice case study.


Session 9

9.01 Developing Alternatives: How Alternate Revenue Streams Support and Sustain Better Student Programming

Ian Crookshank and Troy Murray

June 14, 2017 | 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM | Room 201

Student Affairs units are used to working with constrained resources. Often times, these limits are impacted external (budget decreases, fee increases, etc.) making it important that student affairs professionals consider alternative sources of revenue. During this presentation, we will discuss several such efforts employed by Ryerson University elaborating on actual (or projected) revenue increase and more importantly how that revenue is being used to fulfill our mission of providing exceptional student experiences. Because institutionals context are unique the purpose of this presentation is to encourage greater discussion into searching for and capitalizing on opportunities to expand on existing revenue streams.

9.07 Managing Behavioural Risk: choosing the right case management model for your campus

Marcelle Mullings, Victoria Boman, Michelle DeIrish, and Staci Watts

June 14, 2017 | 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM | Room 210

Student Affairs units are used to working with constrained resources. Often times, these limits are impacted external (budget decreases, fee increases, etc.) making it important that student affairs professionals consider alternative sources of revenue. During this presentation, we will discuss several such efforts employed by Ryerson University elaborating on actual (or projected) revenue increase and more importantly how that revenue is being used to fulfill our mission of providing exceptional student experiences. Because institutionals context are unique the purpose of this presentation is to encourage greater discussion into searching for and capitalizing on opportunities to expand on existing revenue streams.

9.11 Five Factor Model of Resilience (mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, self-compassion, and grit). A four session, skills-based group to teach others how to bounce back

Dr. Diana Brecher

June 14, 2017 | 12:45 PM – 13:30 PM | Room 211

As a central part of the Ryerson University ThriveRU initiative, this five factor model of resilience defines the parameters of a four session skill-based group training for students, Student Affairs staff and faculty. Participants will learn how to run the 4-session training program during this session. Mindfulness is at the heart of, and integrated into each of the four sessions. Each session we focus on one of these four factors: gratitude, optimism, self-compassion, and grit, and explore how these skills can be used to build resilience. Researchers and practitioners that informed the development of this model include: Martin Seligman, Kristin Neff, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Angela Duckworth, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Christine Padesky, and Linda Graham.

To see the full CACUSS program, CLICK HERE