Tuesday, January 11, 2022
9:00am-10:00am Welcome and Keynote: Sense of Belonging and College Students' Success amid COVID-19: Key Insights from Assessment & Research
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
In his 2019 book titled College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success, author and keynote speaker Dr. Terrell Strayhorn posits ‘sense of belonging’ as a basic need, a human right, and key driver of college student engagement, learning, and success. In this address, Strayhorn will present national trends, data-driven insights, and ‘promising practices’ for boosting belonging and success rates amid the global pandemic especially among historically underrepresented groups. Come to learn; leave inspired to act!
10:30am-11:00am Accountability Groups for Academic Success
Kara Uhrich, Director of the Center for Academic Success, Lehigh University
Katie Guynn, Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services, Lehigh University
Our academic support programs focus on students learning from peers by reflecting on shared experiences around successes, failures, and habits. Students engage in conversations surrounding goal setting, peer accountability, learning, and study skills. This presentation provides strategies and models centered on research, assessment data, and serving diverse populations.
11:30am-12:00pm Lehigh's Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey
Dr. Donald Outing, Vice President for Equity and Community, University Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lehigh University
Dr. Wyntre Stout, Institutional Research Manager, Lehigh University
This presentation will provide an overview of results from the HEDS Diversity & Equity Campus Climate survey administered in Spring 2020 and plans for the Spring 2022 survey.
1:00pm-1:30pm Student Retention and Persistence at Lehigh: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Dr. Donna Mohr, Director of Retention, Lehigh University
In Fall 2020, Lehigh reported its lowest first year retention rate since the mid-1990's for our Fall 2019 incoming class. Was this drop the start of a trend? Who could we have saved? How may our students' persistence to graduation rates be impacted? This presentation will address these questions.
2:00pm-2:50pm Riding the Wave of Wellness: Caring for Ourselves and Others During a Global Pandemic
Dr. Briana Luppino, Staff Psychologist of Counseling & Psychological Services, Lehigh University
Dr. Shamelle Brandon, Staff Psychologist of Counseling & Psychological Services, Lehigh University
Dr. Gabrielle Rocchino, Staff Psychologist of Counseling & Psychological Services, Lehigh University
Dr. William Way, Post Doctoral Fellow of Counseling & Psychological Services, Lehigh University
Join us in exploring what our campus community has to share about caring for themselves and others throughout an ever-changing pandemic, both inside and outside of therapy.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
9:00am-9:50am Me Too at Lehigh: Fraternity and Sorority Gender Violence Prevention Pilot
Dr. Brooke DeSipio, Assistant Dean and Director of Gender Violence Education and Support, Lehigh University
Dr. Nic Johnson, Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, Lehigh University
This presentation will focus on a custom gender violence prevention program for Lehigh's fraternities and sororites. It will share qualitative focus group data and quantitative survey data from a pilot. The goal of the presentation is to help institutions develop effective gender violence prevention programming for their fraternities and sororities.
10:00am-10:50am Considering the Intersection between Restorative Practices and Inclusive Assessment Practices
Special Guest: Kaleigh Mrowka, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, University Honors at University of Maryland
Fair or inclusive process is a central component of restorative practices that is often used to make more inclusive and equitable decisions within organizations and communities. This presentation will consider the application of the principles of inclusive process to the assessment cycle and to Henning & Lundquist's (2019) model for assessing for social justice.
11:30am-12:00pm Working Together: Creating Belonging and Community through Student Staff Development
Carol Hill, Director of Student Center Facilities & Operations, Lehigh University
Nick Christy, Assistant Director of Student Center Facilities & Student Engagement, Lehigh University
Abigail Voelkner, Graduate Assistant of Student Center Facilities, Lehigh University
Ryan Matthiessen, Graduate Assistant of Student Center Facilities and Student Engagement, Lehigh University
Building community and establishing a sense of belonging requires meaningful interactions. Our department is purposeful in the development of student staff through engagement, social, and educational experiences. During this session we will share our assessment data which highlights our successes and discuss challenges we experienced in the workplace between 2019 through Fall 2021.
1:00pm-1:50pm Lehigh Launch Pilot Semester: Early Assessment
Dr. Jennifer Jensen, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs and Lehigh Launch Program Director, Lehigh University
Lehigh Launch sends matriculated first-year students on a study-away semester with Lehigh faculty. In Fall 2021, the Semester in the American West pilot cohort spent the majority of their semester taking Lehigh classes in Wyoming and New Mexico. This session presents a preliminary assessment of program learning outcomes.
2:30pm-3:00pm Building Collaborations: How Student Leaders Utilize Assessment to Inform Development and Evaluate Efficacy of Peer-to-Peer Health-Based Interventions
Sarina Shah, Peer Health Educator
Sara Weisman, Peer Health Educator
This presentation will discuss a collaborative approach between students and staff to facilitate the creation of new assessment questions that capture the efficacy of interventions to better meet student needs. This presentation will highlight current and forthcoming interventions including social norming and protective strategies around alcohol to demonstrate the value in evaluating campus health initiatives and mapping student health data over time.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
9:00am-9:30am Forging Campus Connections through Lehigh Fitness
Genna Albano, Assistant Manager of Fitness and Instructional Programs, Lehigh University
Learn how Lehigh's Taylor Gym revamped how to offer fitness and recreation for the Lehigh community throughout the pandemic. Discover how fitness programs and employment at Lehigh's Taylor Gym forge connections, well-being, and a sense of purpose for recreation participants as well as student staff.
10:00am-10:50am Collaborating to Support Student Mental Health and Well-being during the Pandemic
Dr. Laurie Gray Evans, Director of Student Support & Case Management Services, Lehigh University
Jenna Papaz, Director of Health Advancement & Prevention Strategies, Lehigh University
Meg Munley Stone, Director of Assessment and Student Life Curriculum, Lehigh University
In this presentation, we will share assessment data related to student mental health and well-being. We will also discuss how we’ve used the data in strategic planning, collaborating across departments, and implementing initiatives focused on supporting students’ mental health and well-being.
11:00am-11:50am Using Tableau Dashboards to Meet Student Basic Needs
Greg Meyer, Associate Dean of Students, Moravian University
Grace Sun, Advisor to the President for Strategy and Planning, Moravian University
This presentation shows how Student Life and Data Analytics collaborated to create a Tableau Dashboard representing usage of Moravian's resource pantry, Mo's Cupboard. Participants will learn about Mo's Cupboard, the process of creating the dashboard, and how the dashboard is used to meet student basic needs.
1:00pm-1:50pm Qualtrics 101
Denise Campion, Library and Technology Consultant, Lehigh University
In Qualtrics 101, the focus is on 'what' you can accomplish with Qualtrics, along with a little bit of the 'how'. From surveys, to applications, to data collection and tracking, we'll walk through the benefits of using Qualtrics so you can determine if it's the right tool for your job, and offer some alternatives for when it's not. The overview will be followed by a short demonstration of basic Qualtrics functionality, along with time for Q&A.
2:00pm-2:50pm Discussion with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn: Fostering Collaboration between Campus Units to Enhance Students' Sense of Belonging
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
In 2020, ACPA awarded Dr. Terrell Strayhorn with the “Coalition-Builder Award”. This award recognizes an individual who actively seeks out and engages various departmental units across academic, faculty, and student affairs and support, in order to build effective and collaborative working relationships at their institution. In this session, Dr. Strayhorn will lead a discussion on effective strategies to foster collaboration as well as the importance of collaboration in enhancing students’ sense of belonging.