Conference Schedule

November 18-19, 2022

Day 1 – Friday, November 18, 2022
5:30pm – 6:00pm

Welcome & Keynote Session
6:00pm – 7:15pm
Session Title: Diversity and Dysfunction: Championing Culture in Chaos TM
Keynote Speaker: Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
Room: Essex Ballroom
Description: The political landscape in America is increasingly polarized. In recent years, a series of high profile law enforcement killings of Brown and Black people, a spike in Asian hate crimes and the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol America is igniting a divisive and hostile climate nationwide. As a student leader and social justice warrior how can you bridge the gap to effectuate positive and impactful change? How do you cut through the rhetoric to reach those who may not seem like they want to be reached? What are the tools necessary for success?

This interactive and enlightening session utilizes strategies historically rooted in civil rights movements, change management theory and intentional communication strategies to empower participants with short term and long-term plans to not only survive but succeed on their campuses and communities.

Day 2 – Saturday, November 19, 2022
8:00am – 9:00am

Group-based Discussion Session
9:15am – 10:30am

Discussion Group Title: The Cultural Biography
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Irving
Room: Essex Ballroom
Description: Identity, how we see ourselves in relation to those around us is comprised of many traits and social roles, chosen and unchosen, visible and invisible. Identity can be the source of our greatest pride and the site of our greatest vulnerability. The most painful emotional attacks are the ones that are aimed at who we are. In this thought-provoking workshop, participants will have the opportunity to consider the impact of multiple aspects of their own identities and share their stories with others engaged in the same process of discovery.

10:30am – 10:45am

Session Block I
10:45am – 12:00pm

Session A
Workshop Title: Non-Racist versus Anti-Racist Educator101
Presenter: Dr. Nakeisha Savage
Room: Essex Ballroom
Description: During the workshop, there will be use of a variety of engagement strategies to keep the discussion lively and consistent. Additionally, a few short videos will be shown. Music and graphics will also be used. For kinestic, we will engage in role play and fishbowl demonstrations followed by feedback and discussion. Finally, for read/write, participants will complete reflections and quick writes.

Session B
Workshop Title: Identity-Conscious Staff Advising
Presenters: Buck Cooke and RaShaun Robinson
Room: Monmouth
Description: In this workshop, geared towards staff advisors, facilitators will introduce the practical applications of both the Power Conscious Framework (Linder, 2019) and Identity-Conscious Supervision Model (Brown, Desai, & Elliot, 2021) to further explore and enhance advisors’ and staff’s leadership capacity. Utilizing tenants from the two models, participants will interrogate their organization’s, and their own, role(s) in enhancing inclusion in community engagement supervision.

Session C
Workshop Title: Peace Corps -Make a difference abroad
Presenter: Carole Anne Reid
Room: Bistro
Description: The Peace Corps seeks to reflect the rich diversity of the United States and to bring diverse perspectives to our global work in order to make hands-on, lasting impact alongside local counterparts and communities. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and make a lasting impact. Join us at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.


Session Block II
1:00pm – 2:15pm

Session A
Workshop Title: Bye Student Loans & Hello Scholarships
Presenter: India Prather, Esq.
Room: Essex Ballroom
Description: Once in college, scholarship opportunities are nonexistent. Myth. In fact, there are just as many scholarship opportunities for college students as there are high school seniors. However, the primary issues are that (1) students are unaware of their existence and (2) students do not know how to write in a captivating manner to start to win these scholarships. Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to research and find scholarships that match their particular demographics. Participants will also be able to implement specific writing strategies to help them strengthen their scholarship essays, increasing their chances of winning.

Session B
Workshop Title: Creating Equity, Understanding Inclusion & Engage Diversity: An Introduction to the Roles of Culture & Prejudice
Presenter: Sherwood Smith
Room: Monmouth
Description: The 75 minute session provides student leaders with an introduction to how culture and diversity concepts are linked to equity and inclusion plus an exploration of the role of intercultural communication. The session focuses on the link to prejudice (Brislin, 1993) and uses gender and race as the examples (Lopez, 2006). We will look at the roles of identity and cultural in our interacts with attention to issues of power and privilege(Adams, 2013).

Session C
Workshop Title: The Immigration Experience
Presenter: Jose L. Posos, M.Ed., LPC
Room: Bistro
Description: The Immigration Experience, even through the United States is a nation of immigrants, immigration is currently a hot political topic. Myths and stereotypes abound. In this absorbing session, participants will have the opportunity to experience for themselves some of the challenges faced by immigrants to this country. Additionally, myths about immigrants and the immigration experience will be examined and factual information will be provided. Finally, participants will discuss how their increased understanding can be translated into action on their campuses and in their communities.

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Session Block III

Session A
Workshop Title: The Language to Validate
Presenter: Maria Alejandra Mosquera and James Lambert III
Room: Essex Ballroom
Description: Some things are better left unsaid, right? Have you wanted to check a colleague or peer’s mouth? Does this mean we have to limit the way we respond to racial harassment in fear of how the dominant group will respond to sustain our own safety? This 90-minute session will develop an understanding in participants of how to use the SBAR tool (Situation, Background, Assessment, Resolution/Recommendations) when addressing acts of implicit biases or covert racism. Additionally, SBAR can be implemented by DEI departments to create resolutions towards interpersonal challenges that inhibit the transgression of an anti-racist institutional culture.

Session B
Workshop Title: Student Identity + Justice Work
Presenters: RaShaun Robinson and Buck Cooke
Room: Monmouth
Description: Without the lens of social justice, we can easily fall into the pitfalls that come with working indiscriminately within systems of power and oppression. This workshop guides student leaders to an increased personal identity awareness and ownership around social groups. Students discover the multiple dimensions of power, privilege, and oppression, and gain strategies of working in solidarity with and act as engaged community collaborators.

Session C
Workshop Title: Ponte Las Pilas! Growing in Adversity
Presenter: Sandy Checo
Room: Bistro
Description: From daily problems to traumatic events, the ability to adapt during adversity is crucial. In Latinx culture, “Ponte las Pilas” is a staple reminder to keep moving forward. Today’s student leaders have been challenged to motivate themselves and others when the world struggles to “bounce back.” This workshop will empower participants to deepen their self-reflections, identify personal needs, and build resilience using positive psychology. Participants will leave with tools to better cope with stressful circumstances.

3:30pm – 3:40pm

Closing Session
3:40pm – 4:00pm
Title: Closing Remarks, Evaluations, and Raffle
Presenters: NSLDC Conference Team
Room: Essex Ballroom