2021 Virtual RA Conference
Saturday. November 6, 2021
You are personally invited to the 39th Annual Resident Assistant Conference. This years conference will be held virtually! To view our conference website, please visit our site https://brockportraconference.weebly.com/
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.
Keynote Speaker — TBD
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 TBD. 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:
|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 Virtual 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). All program proposals are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 25, 2021. 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 22, 2021.
Schedule of Events
|9:00 – 9:15 am||Welcome|
|9:15 – 10:00 am||Session 1|
|10:00 - 10:45 am||Session 2|
|10:45 - 11:30 am||Session 3|
|11:30 - 11:50 am||Keynote|
|11:50 am - 12:00 pm||Closing Remarks|
|12:00 - 12:45 pm||Case Study Competition|
Registration and Proposal Forms:
Both attendees and presenters must register for the conference. The conference cost is free for our 39th annual RA Conference!
RA Conference Planning Committee:
Vanessa Taylor, (she/her/hers) Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities
Benis Nsiah, (she/her/hers) Resident Director, Eagle Hall, Chair
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to virtually seeing you on Saturday, November 6!
Save the date for our 40th annual RA Conference: Saturday, November 5, 2022!