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2023 Schedule

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

9:00am-10:00am    Welcome and Keynote Address
Our Future, Our Lehigh: The Role of Assessment in Strategic Planning
Chris Cook, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Initiatives, Lehigh University
No matter your role, data always supports decision making and improves implementation of any size project. The more complex the project/plan, the more central a role data plays in improving the likelihood of success.

10:00am-10:50am  College Transitions: Student Data from First-Year Through Year2 @LU

Stefanie DiDomenico Burke, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of First Year Experience
In this session, the presenter will share some highlights from Lehigh first-year student data about how they crafted community, what was challenging, and what was helpful. We'll also share about new initiatives for students in their second year to support students and what we've learned so far from their participation and feedback.
11:00am-11:50pm  The State of Graduation Rates: Fall 2022
Dr. Jennifer Jensen, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science
This presentation will explore Lehigh's graduation rates over the last several years, looking particularly at disparities by race/ethnicity, sex, and Pell grant status. What are the reasons students identify for leaving? What are the trends, and how can Lehigh work to improve outcomes?
1:00pm-1:50pm  Collaborating to Assess and Support Student Well-being
Dr. Laurie Gray Evans, Director of Student Support and Case Management Services
Jenna Papaz, Director of Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies 
Meg Munley Stone, Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Research
In this session, presenters will discuss various ways in which student well-being is being assessed, highlighting trends and collaborative strategies used to enhance student support.

2:30pm-3:00pm  College Student Involvement, Belonging, and Mental Health: Adapting Astins's Student Involvement Theory to Highlight Sexual Identity and Student Organization Membership

Sabrina Carroll, Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

A study conducted at Lehigh University utilizing data from the Life at Lehigh: Community and Well-Being survey to expand Astin's Student Involvement theory to highlight mental health, belonging, and identity.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

9:00am-9:50am   Cultivating a Community of Care: Therapeutic Impacts beyond the Therapy Room

Dr. Briana Luppino, Staff Psychologist for Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Bill Way, Post Doctoral Fellow for Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Tricia Monaghan, Staff Psychologist for Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Patrick Walro, Post Doctoral Fellow for Counseling and Psychological Services
Join UCPS in exploring how our campus has come together to craft a community of care through therapeutic experiences of universality, connection, and healing efforts beyond therapy.
10:30am-11:00am  The Role of Physical Space for Belonging Among Underrepresented Students
Clarissa Chun, Graduate student in Management
Dr. Lucy Napper, Associate Professor in Psychology and Health, Medicine and Society Program
We will explore the role of physical space (iconic and non-iconic) for college students' sense of belonging. In a sample of 195 college students, we examine differences in belonging between majority and URM students and whether differences in belonging can be explained by students’ sense of belonging in specific contexts.
11:30am-12:00pm  bLUeprint: Student Life Curriculum Revamp
Ashley Lemmons, Associate Dean of Students
Carolina Hernandez, Assistant Dean and Director for the Office of Community Engagement
Stefanie DiDomenico Burke, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of First Year Experience
The bLUeprint student life curriculum was developed around 10 years ago utilizing theory and practical experience. This past Spring, the DOS team and colleagues from ODIE, the Center for Career and Professional Development, and Student Affairs, etc. began a journey to review and revise the outcomes of our curriculum to meet the needs of our current students. We will discuss these updates, the rationale behind the changes, and the implementation plan moving forward.
1:00pm-1:30pm  A look into Student Leadership at Lehigh
Cassandra Gonzalez, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Engagement
This presentation will discuss the findings of an informal survey sent out to Lehigh students/staff and faculty in Fall 2022. The purpose of the survey was to understand how students' view and assess leadership skills, determine what are the best types of leadership development programs our office should host and how to support areas where there might be gaps in the leadership experience.
1:45pm-2:15pm  Lehigh Student Senate Fall 2022 Focus Group Findings
Victoria Drzymala, Undergraduate Student Senate President
Hear about what the Lehigh Student Senate learned from a series of Fall 2022 focus groups and how those findings will inform their initiatives.
2:30pm-3:00pm  Incoming Family Engagement & Needs
Stefanie DiDomenico Burke, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of First-Year Experience
The Office of First-Year Experience engages with parents and families in a variety of ways to aid them as they support their student in the transition to college. In this session, learn about changes in the support for families over the summer and survey data sharing the strengths and opportunities to strengthen this partnership.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
9:00am-9:50am  A Review of the Lehigh University Campus Climate Survey
Dr. Donald Outing, Vice President for Equity and Community, University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Dr. Wyntre Stout, Institutional Research Manager
During this session, we will present an assessment of the results from our Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Campus Climate Survey. Opened on 3/21/2022 and closed on 4/18/2022 , the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey examined how respondents with different identities experience Lehigh across four indicators: (1) Campus Climate for Diversity and Equity, (2) Institutional Support for Diversity and Equity, (3) Insensitive or Disparaging Remarks, and (4) Discrimination or Harassment.
10:30am-11:00am  Household Management Among Cohabitating Couples: Implications for Education
Dr. Brooke DeSipio, Director of the Office of Gender Violence Education and Support
Dana Gallant, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Temple University
Current research and literature on household management does not include cohabiting, childless couples and this study aimed to understand how intersecting identities of these couples impact household management negotiations. These findings have important implications for relationship, gender, and financial education on college campuses.
11:30am-12:00pm  Why Students Struggle Academically at Lehigh: Insights from Students on Academic Probation
Katie Robinson, Assistant Dean and Director, Academic Transitions
The Office of Academic Transitions works to help students on Academic Probation get back on track.  Since 2018, students on AP have filled out a questionnaire reporting the top reasons they have struggled.  This presentation will review these.
1:00pm-1:50pm     A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Photovoice to Assess Belonging Among First Generation Students
Meg Munley Stone, Director of Student Affairs Research and Assessment
Dr. Lucy Napper, Associate Professor in Psychology and Health, Medicine and Society Program
Jace Hannah, Undergraduate Student
Alexis Temos, Undergraduate Student
In this session we will share how we used Photovoice, a qualitative research method, to explore factors that facilitate or act as barriers to establishing a sense of belonging for first generation students on campus. Student participants will share reflections on their experiences with the project.
2:00pm-2:50pm   Qualtrics 101
Chris Martin, Senior Computing Consultant
Denise Campion, Library and Technology Consultant
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. 
Friday, January 13, 2023
9:00am-9:30pm  The Right Fit: Creating a Diverse, Student-Centered Staff Curriculum Using ACUI Competencies
Nicholas Christy, Associate Director of the Office of Student Engagement and Student Center Facilities
Designing a student staff curriculum shouldn’t be a one size fits all experience. It should be as unique as the work that is being done and the students that will learn and grow from it. In this session you will learn how Lehigh University’s Student Center Facilities developed a unique curriculum using ACUI Core Competencies as well as other important and diverse guiding principles to create a next level student experience. The design process, execution, and assessment will be explored as well as a chance to brainstorm how these ideas can be brought to your institution.
10:00am-10:50am  Qualtrics Roundtable- Use Cases to Improve Assessment and Administrative Functions
Tim Uhrich, Associate Director of Operations, Undergraduate Programs Office for the College of Business
Kara Uhrich, Assistant Dean and Director of teh Center for Academic Success
This roundtable will focus on recent applications of the Qualtrics platform to assessment and administrative use cases. Examples will be shown of recent projects utilizing Qualtrics to support process improvement. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss current or potential applications in their own work context. Prior exposure to survey or form builders is recommended.
11:30am-12:00pm  Re-imagining Lehigh as a Health Promoting University
Dugeidy Ortiz, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Special Projects
Mary Jo McNulty, Administrative Director, Human Resources, Lehigh University
Doug Strange, Assistant Athletic Director for Campus Athletics/Sports Performance
Health Promoting Colleges and Universities use a "whole university approach" to embed wellness into all aspects of the campus culture, administration, operations, and academic policy to support the well-being of their campus and local community. The presenters will provide a summary and brief analysis of the Spring 2021 Wellness Committee needs assessment findings and a set of recommendations to re-imagine Lehigh University as a Health Promoting University.