2020 Pre-Conference Presenters

1A: Developing an Integrated Student Affairs Curriculum

Atifa F. Karim is the Lead Coordinator for Career Education at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the central career services department’s Curriculum Framework and Assessment Strategy. This ensures an integrated curricular approach to career programs, services, and resources, as well as the implementation of outcomes-based assessment strategies that lead to the ongoing, learner-centred improvement of career services. Having worked across a variety of functional areas in student affairs, Atifa brings a systems-thinking and collaborative approach to curriculum design and assessment, including a nuanced understanding of the integration of student and academic affairs, and a keen focus on engaging students as partners in curriculum design and assessment. Atifa has previously served as the Curriculum Co-Chair for the 2019 ACPA/CACUSS Student Affairs Assessment Institute, and holds Honours Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies, and Education from York University, and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Educational Policy from the University of Toronto. 

Sara Wills serves as the Manager, Integrated Learning & Assessment at Western University, leading the development and assessment of an integrated learning curriculum across the student experience focused on student thriving.  Prior to this role, she worked at Carleton University assessing the Residence Life curricular approach and achievement of outcomes across various educational plans, including first year, upper year, community development, and student conduct. She was also directly responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of the staff hiring and training plans.  Sara is currently serving as the Co-Chair for the CACUSS Research, Assessment & Evaluation Community of Practice and the ACPA Directorate Board, and is the Curriculum Co-Chair for the 2020 ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute.  Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and her Masters of Education in post-secondary studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2A: Exploring Behavioural Intervention Teams

Chris Rogerson
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Chris has worked in student services positions for over 20 years and currently serves as the Director - Student Success at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he overseas the student affairs divisions. Previously, Chris has held a variety of leadership roles with responsibility for student conduct in departments such as Residence Life and the Office of Conduct and Academic Integrity.   He has a strong background in policy development and administration in a variety of types of institutions from small private college, research university, and large polytechnic.

Chris has a background in student crisis management, threat assessment, and behavioural intervention teams at multiple institutions and has extensive training in threat assessment and violence risk assessment practices and tools.  He holds an MA in Leadership Training, with a specialization in justice and public safety as well as a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Leadership.  Chris’ doctorate work focused on the use and effectiveness of Behavioural Intervention Teams in Canada.

3A: Inclusive design approaches in post-secondary education

Sepideh Shahi works as a senior inclusive designer at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC). Over the years, she has practiced design from different perspectives, as a product designer, researcher, and facilitator. Those experiences combined with her passion for social justice has given her a unique approach for problem-solving; striving to design with people and not for them. At IDRC, she contributes to the development of strategies that can empower communities at the margin to share their insights, experiences, and ideas throughout the design process to build more inclusive and diverse outputs. 

Sepideh holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from OCAD University in Canada and Art University of Tehran in Iran, and a Master of Design from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lisa LIskovoi is an inclusive designer and accessibility specialist at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University. She provides consulting, training and accessibility auditing services to organizations, governments, corporations, and non-profits with the goal of building capacity and offering people tools and practices for more inclusive design and development processes. With experience in design, accessibility evaluation, and WCAG compliance, she helps the organization identify and bridge accessibility gaps in their digital products. She has taught workshops on topics such as understanding digital accessibility, technical strategies for meeting WCAG requirements, creating accessible digital documents, and techniques for evaluating accessibility.

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto (http://idrc.ocadu.ca ).  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and globally connected society is designed inclusively. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to digital accessibility. She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional center of expertise (https://inclusivedesign.ca). Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. Jutta’s work has been attributed as the impetus for corporate adoption of more inclusive practices in large enterprise companies such as Microsoft.

4A: Suicide Among Post-Secondary Students: Impact, Interventions & Preventive Strategies


1B. Walk the Talk:  Connecting to Space and Place at Crawford Lake

Tricia Seifert

Department Head and Associate Professor, Adult & Higher Education at Montana State University, Tricia is interested in the role of higher education organizational structures, environments and experiences in student learning and success; international and comparative perspectives of the student affairs and services field; and higher education's role in facilitating students' journey toward life purpose and meaning.

Karen Cornies

Executive Director at Silver Lake Outdoor Education Centre, Karen Cornies worked in Student Affairs for over 20 years at 4 post-secondary institutions, currently focusing on leadership development, responding to sexualized violence, mental wellness and strategic planning.

Louisa Drost

Director of Student Wellness Initiatives at Mohawk College, Louisa has spearheaded programs and initiatives including mental health, sexualized violence, mental wellbeing, and harm reduction for students and staff. 

Joanne Leblanc

Brief and Trauma Therapist at Pathstone Mental Health in Niagara, Joanne is registered psychotherapist and worked in children, youth and family mental health for 23 years. Joanne also is an E-RYT 200 with training in trauma sensitive, prenatal, children and family, hatha and vinyasa yoga. 

Seán Kinsella

Director, the 8th Fire Centennial College, Seán (aayahkwew êkâ ê-akimiht nêhi(y/th)aw/otipemisiwak/Nakawé/Irish/Scottish) is a well-known speaker, author, poet and has a Master of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto. Seán has worked in Student Affairs for over a decade and recently accepted a position at Centennial College which provides leadership for the Place of Reconciliation for All our Relations and was established to breathe life into the College’s Indigenous Strategic Framework and Book of Commitments “Indigenize Our College”. 

Dr. Johanne McCarthy

From the Onondaga Nation, Beaver clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.  She is an accomplished Naturopathic Doctor and holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership.  Dr. McCarthy has been an employee of Mohawk College since 2011 and currently is an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, a program designer for the proposed Integrative Holistic Health Studies Program, and most recently, a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Indigenous Education in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.  She is a member of Mohawk College’s Research Ethics board, the McMaster Inter-professional Indigenous Health Initiative Advisory Group, Chair of McMaster’s Indigenous Curriculum development committee, and a member of Mohawk’s Nursing Education Advisory Committee.  her role as an Onondaga, Beaver clan woman, a “keeper of the central fire”, whose purpose is to inspire collaboration, peace, and unity while modifying the environment for the betterment of future generations.  She believes that peace, unity and reconciliation can be accomplished through education and the establishment of meaningful relationships that value the beauty and strength of diversity.

CACUSS Conference 2020