2014 NASPA Undergraduate Conference

March 15 – March 16, 2014
Morgan State University

In this highly interactive two-day session, undergraduates students will have an opportunity to learn more about student affairs as a possible career choice and network with their future colleagues. 

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This experiential learning opportunity will give participants an understanding of student affairs work and national associations, and help hone the tools and resources necessary for a successful career in the field. Topics will include: a brief overview of student affairs, the rewards of working on a college campus, ways to get relevant student affairs experience as an undergraduate, and graduate school as a pathway to the profession, among other things. Participants will also have a chance to network with faculty, graduate students, and student affairs professionals from colleges and universities across the country.

 

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Schedule

Please note this is a tentative schedule. All times are subject to change.

Fri, Mar 14

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Registration
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
NUFP Fellow/Mentor/Alum Reception
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Sat, Mar 15

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Pre-Conference Registration
8:00 a.m.
Buses Depart
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome & Overview of Day
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Finding your Reflection Group
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Reflection Groups
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Educational Session
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Educational Session
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Reflection Groups
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Group Pictures
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Buses Depart
6:45 p.m.
No Host Dinner Groups Leave
Details

Sun, Mar 16

8:00 a.m.
Buses Depart
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Reflection Groups
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel Presentation
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Buses Depart

Faculty


  • Bernard Little

    Bernard Little

    Associate Director, Multicultural Student Affairs
    University of Chicago

    Faculty Bio

  • Brandy Propst

    Brandy Propst

    Coordinator, Academic Foundations & Mentoring
    University of North Carolina Greensboro

    Faculty Bio

  • Chris Purcell

    Chris Purcell

    Director, LGBTQI Life
    Vanderbilt University

    Faculty Bio

  • Danny Molock

    Danny Molock

    Resident Director
    Morgan State University

    Faculty Bio

  • David Perez II

    David Perez II

    Assistant Professor
    Miami University of Ohio

    Faculty Bio

  • Jim Hague

    Jim Hague

    Coordinator of Student Success
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Faculty Bio

  • Julie Leos

    Julie Leos

    Academic Advisor, Business School
    University of South Florida
  • Khalia Ii

    Khalia Ii

    Assistant Director, Academic Advising
    University of Southern California

    Faculty Bio

  • Kimberly Lowry

    Kimberly Lowry

    Executive Dean of Student and Enrollment Services
    Eastfield College

    Faculty Bio

  • Kristin Lang

    Kristin Lang

    Assistant Director of Student Activities
    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Faculty Bio

  • Laura Cosenzo

    Laura Cosenzo

    Residence Coordinator
    University of North Carolina - Charlotte

    Faculty Bio

  • Maureen Doyle

    Maureen Doyle

    Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns
    University of Notre Dame

    Faculty Bio

  • Valerie Holmes

    Valerie Holmes

    Doctoral Candidate
    Indiana State University

    Faculty Bio

Speakers


  • Shakira Smiler

    Shakira Smiler

    Assistant Manager, T.
    Howard Foundation

    Speaker Bio

  • Toyia Younger

    Toyia Younger

    Assistant Provost
    Towson University

    Speaker Bio

Venue


Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

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NUFP Fellow/Mentor/Alum Reception

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No Host Dinner Groups Leave

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Bernard Little

Associate Director, Multicultural Student Affairs

Bernard Little’s background includes a broad foundation in student affairs programming in private and public higher education, and includes comprehensive exposure to an array of administrative duties during his graduate studies and professional career. For the past three years Bernard has worked at The University of Chicago and currently serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. His student affairs experience includes Multicultural Affairs, New Student Programs, Student Activities, Greek Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life. Bernard has a passion for working with student leaders and serves as a mentor to a variety of students on campus. Bernard is a very proud alum of Bowling Green State University where he spent his undergraduate years before obtaining his Masters in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Brandy Propst

Coordinator, Academic Foundations & Mentoring

Brandy attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she earned a B.A. in Sociology/ African American Studies and a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. Currently, Brandy works at UNCG in Undergraduate Studies where she coordinates the first-year seminar course, Foundations for Learning, and the PAL peer mentor program. Prior to working in Undergraduate Studies, she worked in The Graduate School and New Student & Spartan Family Programs at UNCG. Brandy is a NUFP Alum and was influenced by the NUFP program, multiple mentors and her undergraduate involvement in SGA, Greek Life and Orientation to pursue a career in Student Affairs. Brandy’s areas of interests in student affairs are First Year Experience, Transition Programs, Career Development, and Leadership Education & Engagement.

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Chris Purcell

Director, LGBTQI Life

Chris Purcell is the Director of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University. A native of Lakeville, MA, he has made a career of supporting LGBTQI college students. After graduating from Western New England University with a degree in Political Science, he went on to get his M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont. At Vermont, Chris served as the graduate assistant for LGBTQA Services. He then worked as the Program Coordinator in the Center for LGBT Life at Duke University, followed by a stop at Berklee College of Music in Boston as the Associate Director for Student Activities. He has presented nationally on topics from LGBTQI inclusion in student organizations, building supportive allies, and LGBTQI inclusion in multicultural student services.

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Danny Molock

Resident Director

Danny T. Molock Jr. is an alumnus of Morgan State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Social Work (2011) and a Master’s of Social Work (2012). Prior to joining the Office of Residence Life & Housing’s staff at Morgan State, Danny Molock obtained experience in identity development and behavioral counseling in the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) addressing the barriers & issues facing African American male students. Currently, Mr. Molock is the Resident Director for O'Connell Hall & Coordinator for the Morgan Male Initiative on Leadership & Excellence (MILE). In this role, Mr. Molock is responsible for providing program planning and leadership development that is conducive to male student academic success and personal growth. As a second year doctoral student, Danny’s professional interests include retention, first year transition, student affairs, and black male persistence in education.

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David Perez II

Assistant Professor

Prior to earning his Ph.D. in Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Pérez served as a student affairs professional in residence life at Syracuse University and New York University. Dr. Perez was a Posse Scholar at Vanderbilt University where he earned his B.S. in Human and Organizational Development and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Administration. Collectively, these experiences inform his research agenda, which centers on increasing the educational attainment and achievement of Latino males in higher education. Dr. Pérez is currently conducting a national study on Latino males in higher education. Although his research focuses on increasing the educational attainment and achievement of Latino males, he is equally interested in research on student engagement, racial and gender inequity in higher education, and campus climate.

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Jim Hague

Coordinator of Student Success

Jim Hague’s experience in student affairs started over six years ago and during that time he worked with a diverse, thoughtful, and engaged network of students and colleagues who challenged me to be a better professional and student advocate. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of Student Success in the Residence Life Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In this role, he works with living-learning communities, faculty partnerships, and series of campus-wide success initiatives.  Prior to UMBC, Jim worked at Ball State University as a Residence Hall Director for four years. Jim earned his M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University where he served in the leadership graduate assistantship in Residence Life. Jim completed his B.S.E. in Education from Millersville University with student affairs experiences in orientation, student activities, and housing.

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Julie Leos

Academic Advisor, Business School

Julie Leos is a first year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of South Florida (USF). She is also an Advisor for a Living Learning program in the USF College of Business.
Julie began her career as a student at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. It was there where she discovered a passion for working with students.  Julie stayed to receive her Masters of Science degree at FIU and, during that time, joined the Housing and Residence Life team. It was here that she found her love for working with students in a residence life setting and her path has taken her to Florida State, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, and most recently, returned to the sunshine state.

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Khalia Ii

Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Khalia Ii currently serves at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Director.  In her role she provides leadership and support for all Master’s programs in the Rossier School of Education. In addition, Khalia also manages a team of Academic Advisors. Ms. Ii is a native Angelo and a graduate of the University of San Diego (USD) where she earned a Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs. At USD she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Student Leadership & Involvement Center, coordinating and teaching a two-unit introductory course on leadership for freshmen. Khalia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from California State University at Monterey Bay, and spent two years after college as an AmeriCorps member. Khalia is passionate about service, education, spirituality and leadership development.

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Kimberly Lowry

Executive Dean of Student and Enrollment Services

Kimberly Lowry currently serves as the Executive Dean of Student and Enrollment Services at Eastfield College. In her position as Executive Dean she is responsible for the operations of: Dual Credit, Academic Advising, Testing, Records, Disability Services, and a TRIO program. Prior to her current position she also worked as the Director of Advising at UNT Dallas and as the Assistant Director of Academic Services at Wilberforce University. She has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Counseling, both from California State University, Long Beach and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Texas. As a former MUFP, Kimberly has been in Student Affairs since she was an undergraduate and pursued her career as a result of recommendations and support from various mentors.

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Kristin Lang

Assistant Director of Student Activities

Kristin Lang is the Assistant Director of Student Activities at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. Originally from Iowa, Kristin attended the University of Iowa, where she was involved in orientation, student government, and fraternity/sorority life. She worked in Admissions at the University of Iowa for two years before pursuing a graduate degree in student affairs. Kristin received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont in 2012. Kristin is passionate about identity, inclusive programming, dismantling rape culture, leadership development, and empowerment. Her original graduate research focused on the experiences of queer-identified sorority women.

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Laura Cosenzo

Residence Coordinator

Laura grew up in Orlando, Florida and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University.  Following graduation, Laura taught third grade for one year in Orlando before returning to graduate school and earning her Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.  At FSU, Laura’s interest in student affairs began with her roles as an Orientation Leader and Resident Assistant.  During her graduate work at UCF, Laura was a graduate assistant with Fraternity and Sorority Life, as well as an academic advisor with First Year Experience, and intern at with Explorations Rollins College.  Laura is currently in her second year as a Residence Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Maureen Doyle

Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns

Maureen has been a full-time higher education professional for seven years, first as the area hall coordinator for selection and training at North Central College, then serving in a variety of roles within the student development team at the University of Norte Dame, currently as the assistant director for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning student concerns in the Gender Relations Center. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Aquinas College and a M.Ed. in counseling/student affairs from Northern Arizona University.  Maureen first found her passion for work in student affairs as a Resident Assistant, and has since found true joy in the world of student leadership development, particularly in working with marginalized students.

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Valerie Holmes

Doctoral Candidate

Valerie earned a B.A. from The University of Iowa in African American World Studies with a minor in Sociology and M.S. from Iowa State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration.  Valerie is presently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University and holds multiple certifications as a leadership development trainer and consultant. Valerie has worked at Roosevelt University as a Developmental Guidance Specialist, and several other institutions. Her higher education research agenda includes: leadership development, multicultural issues, organizational culture and infrastructure development, training and professional development, and supervision.  It is Valerie’s goal to contribute to the field of higher education by addressing systems level administration for the ultimate purpose of creating healthier systems for students of color to gain access and thrive.

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Shakira Smiler

Assistant Manager, T.

Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of diversifying the multimedia and entertainment industry. She is primarily responsible for the recruitment, selection, and placement of interns nationwide, and also assists with the marketing and assessment of T. Howard programs and events. Shakira has over six years of experience in academic advising, career coaching, and student services and programming. Shakira is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and her graduate degree in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has participated in several higher education organizations including SACSA, NASPA, ACPA, and ASHE.

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Toyia Younger

Assistant Provost

Toyia K. Younger currently serves as the Assistant Provost at Towson University.  In this role, Dr. Younger assists in the implementation of the Academic Strategic Plan and works with both faculty and staff in the Division of Academic Affairs to achieve its programmatic and academic goals.  She also assists in the development and tracking of articulation agreements with community colleges within the State of Maryland. Prior to her arrival at Towson University, Dr. Younger served as the Director of Student Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A.P.L.U).  A native of Flint, Michigan, Dr. Younger received a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park.  She also holds a M.A. in Counseling and Student Development from Trinity University and a B.A. in Social Relations from

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