Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D.
Opening keynote on Sunday, Nov. 3. She will speak about supporting students who are on the margins.
Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D. is a learner, educator, facilitator, and author. Currently serving as an assistant professor of student affairs at Appalachian State University, Sonja originates from "Cajun country" and is proud of her first generation college student to Ph.D. journey, with a B.S. from Louisiana State University, a M.S. from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Sonja's career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She made the move from full-time practitioner to full-time faculty member in 2015, but continues to view her professional role as that of a scholar-practitioner. Sonja stays engaged in the field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Gamma, and College Summit.
Dr. Ardoin will be the opening keynote speaker on Sunday, November 3. She will speak about supporting students who are on the margins, including rural students, first-generation college students and students facing homelessness and food insecurity.