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SUNY Brockport's 38th Annual Resident Assistant Conference “A Whole New World”

2020 Virtual RA Conference

Friday, November 6, 2020

You are personally invited to the 38th Annual Resident Assistant Conference. This years conference will be held virtually! To view our conference website, please visit our site  The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities at SUNY Brockport encourages you to take this exciting adventure with them with a fun filled day of learning and exploring. This year’s conference theme is: “A Whole New World”

Sara Kelley portrait

Keynote Speaker — Dr. Sara Kelly

Dr. Sara Kelly serves as the Assistant Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Retention at SUNY Brockport.

The Academic Success Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Residential Life/Learning Communities, Student Conduct, Career Services, Strategic Planning and Assessment are all under her leadership in the Division of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs.

Prior to this role, Dr. Kelly served in various residential life roles, ranging from Resident Assistant to Associate Dean of Students.

Dr. Kelly is a proud graduate of SUNY Brockport, and earned her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, in the Higher Education Administration program.

As a strategic, student-centered leader, Dr. Kelly serves on various institutional committees related to equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, and has championed student engagement and persistence initiatives, co-curricular high impact practices and continuous improvement efforts within her division.

RA Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple levels of diversity, including the ongoing development of their identity, and ways to create an inclusive community.
  • Describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits in relation to alcohol/substances, nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and conflict resolution.
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals
  • Identify and apply strategies in the areas of customer service, community building, motivation, leadership, conflict management, ethics, boundaries, etc.

Our theme this year is “A Whole New World.” We are encouraging all programs to incorporate the theme. The RA Conference committee has established predetermined “tracks” to give conference attendees a better way to plan their day:

Track Description
The RA All things related to the RA position. Examples may include creating personal balance, confrontation, working with difficult/challenging students or situations, staying motivated or communication.
Social Justice & Diversity Programs that will help attendees identify multiple levels of diversity; help explore their own development, or ways to intentionally create an inclusive community through the RA position.
Wellness Programs that help describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits for nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and alcohol/substance use.
Community Building & Programming Ideas utilized to build and maintain a successful and healthy community. Programs could include passive programming or active community building ideas
Professional Track For current student affairs professionals to share best practices and interest areas within the field.


Ways to Get Involved:

There are several opportunities to be actively involved in our conference this year! We are currently accepting Program Proposals. Presentations are slated for 45 minutes and are categorized as the following: Community Building & Programming, Wellness, Social Justice and Diversity, The RA, and Professional Track (aimed for, and led by, Student Affairs professionals).

We are currently accepting Virtual Program Proposals. Presentations are slated for 30 minutes and are categorized as the following: Community Building & Programming, Wellness, Social Justice and Diversity, The RA, and Professional Track (aimed for, and led by, Student Affairs professionals). All program proposals are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 26, 2020. Presenters will need create their own Zoom link for their presentation and include the link along with meeting ID and meeting password into the program proposal. If approved a member of the RA Conference committee will confirm with you the session time you will be presenting.

Registration is also open for our Virtual Case Study Competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enhance their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and Student Affairs. In pairs, participants will design and virtually present the best possible solution to a challenging hypothetical situation in the field of Higher Education to a panel of judges. There is no additional fee to participate, but pre-registration is required and is due by 5 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
2:00pm – 2:15pm Welcome
2:15pm – 2:45pm Session 1
2:45pm - 3:15pm Session 2
3:15pm - 3:45pm Session 3
3:45pm - 4:15pm Keynote & Closing
4:15pm - 5:00pm Case Study Competition


Registration and Proposal Forms:

Complete your Institutions Registration

Submit a Program Proposal by 10/26/2020

Sign up to participate in the Case Study Competition by 10/23/2020

Both attendees and presenters must register for the conference. The conference cost is free for our 38th annual RA Conference!

RA Conference Planning Committee:

Vanessa Taylor, (she/her/hers) Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities
Megan Henry,(she/her/hers) Resident Director, McLean Hall, Chair
Yezenia (Jess) Rodriguez,(she/her/hers) Resident Director, Bramley Hall

Tasia Clemons, (she/her/hers), Resident Director, MacVicar Hall
Jay Brown, (She/her, They/Them), Resident Director, Mortimer Hall

If you have any questions, please contact We are looking forward to virtually seeing you on Friday, November 6!

Save the date for our 39th annual RA Conference, Saturday, November 6, 2021! 

Last Updated 5/26/21