Pre-conference Sessions

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Pre-Conference Sessions will take place on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Mount Royal University.  Registration includes shuttle service to and from the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, one nutrition break and lunch for half day sessions and two nutrition breaks and lunch for full day sessions.


9:00AM – 12:00PM

1A. Human Rights Case Law: Scenarios, Common Sense, and Good Practice

New legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and the impact on Post-secondary students and Canadian institutions

Abstract:

The landscape on provision of disability accommodation is ever evolving. The number of students identifying with disabilities continues to rise as does discrimination based on disability or other protected characteristics set out in provincial human rights code and The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This interactive workshop will focus on discussion of current developments in post-secondary human rights cases - ones that every accessibility/disability services professional should be aware of to fulfill their professional responsibilities and to ensure the Duty to Accommodate.

Long description:

The landscape on provision of disability accommodation is ever evolving. The number of students identifying with disabilities continues to rise as does discrimination based on disability or other protected characteristics set out in provincial human rights code and The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This interactive workshop will focus on discussion of current developments in post-secondary human rights cases - ones that every accessibility/disability services professional should be aware of to fulfill their professional responsibilities and to ensure the Duty to Accommodate.

As a result of participating in this workshop:

  1. Participants will gain common understanding of current Canadian case law;
  2. Participants will be able to synthesize current Canadian case law and in turn, identify implications for Duty to Accommodate for post-secondary students;
  3. Participants will be able to speak knowledgeably about the role played by the Duty to Accommodate in mitigating institutional risk;
  4. Participants will gain perspective on nuances in legislation as they pertain to the emerging issues around mental health disabilities and addiction;
  5. Participants will reflect on policy and procedure at their home institution and will evaluate those policies and procedures in terms of the most recent case law.

Guest Speaker:

Melissa L. Luhtanen, J.D., Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Commission & Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

Facilitators:

Accessibility & Inclusion Leadership Team

Relevant Competencies:

Post-Secondary Acumen

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Leadership, Management, and Administration

Student advising, Support, and Advocacy

Registration:

CACUSS member: $99 | Non-member: $149


9:00AM – 12:00PM

2A. Campus Mental Health: Whole is Greater than the Sum: Synthesizing policy, practice, assessment, Intervention, outcome & evaluation

Abstract:

The Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach was launched at the CACUSS annual conference in Montreal, 2013.  This joint initiative between the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a campus wide framework to support student mental health in seven key areas ranging from organizational planning and policy to effective crisis management.  This framework has been translated into a comprehensive online assessment and resource guide. This pre-conference workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the guide, along with practical strategies that can be adapted for institutions’ needs, and an opportunity to engage in dialogue to explore the nature of supporting campus wellbeing.

Long description:

The Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach was launched at the CACUSS annual conference in Montreal, 2013.  This joint initiative between the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a campus wide framework to support student mental health in seven key areas ranging from organizational planning and policy to effective crisis management.  This framework has been translated into a comprehensive online assessment and resource guide. The result is a comprehensive interactive assessment tool with instantaneous feedback and support distilled in: recommendations; potential outcomes; illustrations of best practices; annotated bibliographies of seminal research articles on campus mental health; additional suggested readings and video illustrations of best practices or related material.

Participants will be provided a hard copy and access to the website of the inventory to plan actions, undertake initiatives, and evaluate their effectiveness.  For each of the seven key area related to Campus Mental Health and Student Counselling, this pre-conference workshop will address:

  • Assessment or Intervention Strategy
  • Recommendations distilled from published research
  • Potential outcomes that are relatively easy to measure, and are already embedded in campus life
  • Share best or promising practices
  • Show at least one video illustration

The objectives for the session are to provide participants with:

  1. A comprehensive overview of the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach
  2. Practical strategies for each of the areas that can be adapted for their home institution
  3. Opportunity to co-create a pathway for further development of the guide

The session will allow for an open dialogue with the CACUSS membership interested in campus mental health to explore the evolving nature of supporting campus wellbeing. 

Following this pre-conference workshop, facilitators will summarize the results of the morning session and outcomes/findings will be reported back to attendees.  Additionally, results will be used to inform further development of the guide.

Facilitators:

Leadership from the Campus Mental Health and Post-Secondary Counselling Communities of Practice

Relevant Competencies:

Leadership, management, and administration

Strategic Planning, Research, and Assessment

Registration: 

CACUSS member: $99 |  Non-member: $149


9:00AM – 3:00PM

3A.Environmental Design for Religious, Secular and Spiritual Inclusion on Campus

Abstract:

The Spirituality and Religious Pluralism CoP invites members of CACUSS to consider the need and opportunity to help create spiritual, emotional, and psychological space for religious, secular, and spiritual identities on campuses across Canada. In considering this, we begin to think more seriously about how to create physical inclusive spaces (specifically with religious and spiritual identities, but considering intersectional identities around inclusion) for students, staff and faculty at our universities. In this workshop participants will hear from higher education professionals about how campuses across Canada have and continue to think and work toward creating inclusive communities for religious, secular, and spiritual identities. We will also consider the allocation of physical spaces and creating cross campus networks to help universities become more inclusive spaces. This pre-conference will be in collaboration with the North American think tank Convergence (convergenceoncampus.org), hearing from their Executive Director about past and present research on these topics.

Long description:

The Spirituality and Religious Pluralism CoP invites members of CACUSS to consider the need and opportunity to help create spiritual, emotional, and psychological space for religious, secular, and spiritual identities on campuses across Canada. In considering this, we begin to think more seriously about how to create physical inclusive spaces (specifically with religious and spiritual identities, but considering intersectional identities around inclusion) for students, staff and faculty at our universities. In this workshop participants will hear from higher education professionals about how various campuses across Canada have and continue to think and work toward creating inclusive communities for religious, secular, and spiritual identities. For example, strategies for creating multi-faith spaces, using shared spaces for meditation and religious practice, or the installation of ablution stations. We will also consider the allocation of physical spaces and creating cross campus networks to help universities become more inclusive spaces. This pre-conference will be in collaboration with the North American think tank Convergence (convergenceoncampus.org), hearing from their Executive Director about past and present research on these topics.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Strange & Banning’s four areas of environmental design.
  • Describe Convergence’s Four Pillars of Policy and Practice.
  • Discuss the Canadian campus climate as it relates to religious, secular, and spiritual identities.
  • Explain the needs and opportunities for creating inclusive spaces.
  • Develop strategies for creating supportive networks on campus.

Schedule:

9:00 – 12:00pm – Session at Mount Royal University

12:00 – Depart for University of Calgary

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch at University of Calgary

1:30 – 3:00pm – Tour of multi faith spaces

3:00 – Return to Calgary Convention Centre

Facilitators:

Leadership from the Spirituality and Religious Pluralism Community of Practice

Relevant Competencies:

Post-Secondary Acumen

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Strategic Planning, Research, and Assessment

Student advising, Support, and Advocacy

Registration

CACUSS member: $99 |  Non-member: $149


9:00AM – 12:00PM

4A. Moving from Experience to Learning: Experiential Learning Program Design

Abstract:

Experiential Learning is a rising area of focus and interest for many post-secondary institutions across Canada, including the work of leadership educators, and is premised on Kolb’s experiential learning model. The goal of this workshop is to present foundational elements of experiential learning (including theoretical framework, definition, noted models, key components, common drivers, etc.); to present and discuss examples of experiential learning across Canada; and to present and workshop a method to designing experiential learning. The workshop invites participants to bring a program or idea from their home institution and engage in the content of this workshop in order to advance their program or idea. Workshop participants will also receive access to an online experiential learning toolkit that will be compiled by the facilitators and members of the Leadership Educators Community of Practice.

Long description:

Experiential Learning is a rising area of focus and interest for many post-secondary institutions across Canada, including the work of leadership educators, and is premised on Kolb’s experiential learning model. The goal of this workshop is to present foundational elements of experiential learning (including theoretical framework, definition, noted models, key components, common drivers, etc.); to present and discuss examples of experiential learning across Canada; and to present and workshop a method to designing experiential learning. The workshop invites participants to bring a program or idea from their home institution and engage in the content of this workshop in order to advance their program or idea. Workshop participants will also receive access to an online experiential learning toolkit that will be compiled by the facilitators and members of the Leadership Educators Community of Practice.

This half-day workshop will be delivered in three parts:

  • Introduction to Experiential Learning
  • Examples of Experiential Learning in the Canadian post-secondary landscape
  • Designing Experiential Learning Programs

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of one or more experiential learning models (i.e. Kolb’s experiential learning model, etc.).
  • Distinguish experience from experiential learning, summarize key elements of experiential learning and identify examples of experiential learning
  • Demonstrate understanding of an approach to designing experiential learning programs.

Facilitators:

Erin Kaipainen
Senior Specialist, Experiential Learning University of Calgary

Dr. Robin Mueller

Interim Director, College of Creativity, Discovery and Innovation and Educational Development Consultant, University of Calgary

Relevant Competencies:

Student Learning and Development

Strategic Planning, Research, and Assessment

Registration

CACUSS member: $99  |  Non-member: $149


1:00PM – 4:00PM

1B. Directors of Counselling Round Table Discussions

Abstract:

With increased demands for counselling services in post-secondary institutions, counselling centres have responded with a myriad of innovative ideas about how to meet increasing demands with limited resources. This meeting is intended to share the learning that has come from these innovations, explore the current common interests and concerns, and exchange ideas to enhance the provision of services and the well-being of those who provide the service. Using a facilitated roundtable discussion, proposed topics include the changing scope of counselling services (who has set them and who is best positioned to set them), responding to high intensity service demands and the need for effective referral-out processes, what service models speak to both student needs and counsellor satisfaction and retention, data collection to tell the story of the value of on-campus counselling services, distance counselling services, and navigating FOIP, HIA, and professional regulatory requirements. Participants will be invited to prioritize the agenda and will receive a record of the discussions and ideas generated.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in these roundtable discussions will increase their knowledge of:

  1. The innovations that have emerged in various counselling centres that are intended to meet increasing demand for student counselling services.
  2. Current common interests and concerns shared by directors of counselling
  3. Possible strategies to enhance the provision of services to students while considering the well-being of those who provide the service.

Facilitators:

Mirjam Knapik, Chair, Student Counselling Service, Mount Royal University & Erica Roberts, Health Promotions Specialist, Mount Royal University

 Depending on the topics prioritized for the discussion, the Relevant Competencies may include:

  1. Post-secondary acumen
  2. Leadership, management and administration
  3. Student learning and development
  4. Strategic planning, research, and assessment
  5. Technology and digital engagement

Registration

CACUSS member: $69  |  Non-member: $99


9:00AM – 4:00PM

1C. Pulling Together: How non-Indigenous staff can work together with their Indigenous colleagues to support ongoing efforts of Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation

Abstract:

In 2017,  BC Campus undertook with the guidance of an advisory body representing a diversity of postsecondary institutions the Indigenization project  that had the aim to develop open professional learning resources that contribute to an increased awareness and understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuk (FNMI) histories, cultures, perspectives and ways of knowing specifically or those who work in post-secondary institutions (e.g., leaders and administrators, researchers, educators, and front-line and student services staff. The co-presenters were part of a consortium who were selected to develop the open source module for Front-line Staff, Student Service Personnel and Advisors. The result of their work culminates into “Pulling Together: a Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions."  This pre-conference will draw from Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogies to guide participants through select portions of the Guide providing hands-on experience in "trying on" the modules through individual reflection along with active small and large group discussions in a supportive learning environment. 

Building on the central role that Indigenous Student Services units play in holistically supporting Indigenous student success at our institutions, we see these practices as “teachable” to other non-indigenous professionals in order to better understand and serve Indigenous learners across their campuses. Working to decolonize our institutions and indigenize our programs and services is essential to serving Indigenous students and communities but also to improving the educational and employment experiences of all students, faculty, and staff.

 Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) To assess their own levels of competency working with Indigenous students and communities

2) To self reflect on their current knowledge and create a learning plan to deepen their understanding.

3) To articulate the ways they will take up the work of Indigenization within their practice and also support such efforts across their institution.

Facilitators:

Ian Cull, AVP, StudentsThe University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus & Michelle Pidgeon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

Relevant Competencies:

  1. Indigenous Cultural Awareness
  2. Intercultural Fluency
  3. Equity, diversity and inclusion

Note: This pre-conference session is targeted at non-indigenous student affairs personnel.

Registration

CACUSS member: $199  |  Non-member: $249


9:00AM – 4:00PM

2C. “Walking” the Talk: Taking Equity One “Step” at a Time

Abstract:

Equity is not easy. Talking about race, gender, and different points of marginality can feel exhausting, intimidating or too theoretical. However, to better support our students and colleagues, we need to be more comfortable discussing uncomfortable truths, and move beyond words to “walk the talk”. This session is designed from a place of learning, as a space for participants to have honest conversations about “-isms” in Student Affairs. Participants will deepen their understanding of key EDI concepts, reflect on their social location, and gain confidence in the role we can all play in making our campuses more inclusive.

Long Description:

Equity work can be challenging and complex. Making mistakes is scary - and a faux pa in relation to equity can feel scarier than most. However, it is important to remember that none of us are perfect, and making mistakes is often part of the learning process; we cannot let our fear of failure prevent us from engaging in equity conversations. Instead, we can use our fear to fuel our commitment to an ongoing process of educating ourselves, motivate us to involve community partners and leaders in our decision-making to reduce our margin of error, and remain critical of why we engage with this work.

The truth is that Student Affairs in Canada (#SACdn) has a culture problem. #SACdn culture can feel exclusionary to folks who do not present as white, middle-class, and extroverted (to name a few factors), which contributes to the lack of diversity in our field. In turn, this lack of diversity - in lived experience and in thought - limits our ability to effectively serve our students, and our ability to build more diverse teams. In order to dismantle this cycle, we need to be equipped to have honest conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion, and its relevance to our work.

We will address #SACdn’s culture problem through a critical race theory lens, as many racialized SA professionals have shared stories of discrimination, lack of belonging, and other professional barriers. You will be invited to reflect on aspects of your identity in relation to the “norms” of SA (e.g. race, gender, etc). You will learn key terms and concepts that are used in equity work, and connect them to your own social location. We will then encourage you to identify ways in which you can leverage your power and privilege to advocate for yourself and others. Through group discussions and guided questions, you will leave this session with the capacity to develop strategies for creating more equitable and inclusive institutions, and will receive resources to continue engaging in these conversations.

Our aim for this session is to provide you with an open, supportive, learning-centred space to focus on your role in creating and advocating for positive change in your personal life and professional practice. While we cannot promise a completely safe space, our goal is to create a space that lacks unnecessary judgment, and will provide you with opportunities to engage in conversations that will further your learning.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand core concepts and terms used within equity work and conversations.
  2. Apply foundational knowledge of equity concepts to your personal life and professional practice by reflecting on your social location, power, and privilege.
  3. Relate your self-reflection to the experiences of marginalized communities to better understand the way that inequities exist within and are perpetuated by Student Affairs.
  4. Develop strategies and identify opportunities to practice allyship, in order to create a more equitable and inclusive community at your institutions.

Facilitators

Akeisha Lari, MEd | Equity Seeking Groups Community of Practice Co-Chair; Equity and Inclusivity Advisor (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

Sania Hameed, MEd | Equity Seeking Groups Community of Practice Co-Chair; Career Educator (University of Toronto)

Relevant Competencies

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Emotional Intelligence

Note: This session is intended for student affairs professionals who want to better understand equity – in theory and in practice – and gain confidence in leveraging their privilege to enact positive change.

Registration

CACUSS member: $199  |  Non-member: $249

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