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**Please note** access to the webinar(s) will not be granted until payment is received in full. All webinars are recorded and will be available once payment is received


Planning for the What If: Emergency Preparedness in Orientation Training and Programs

April 17, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

$49 for NODA members; $199 for non-members

An emergency can happen at any moment during an orientation session. Whether a fire alarm causes an evacuation or weather interrupts your session, having a plan for any emergency can keep your orientation participants safe and provide a positive image of your university's readiness for any situation. This presentation will review the various types of emergencies that can preempt or even cancel an orientation, such as fire, weather, medical emergencies, threats to campus safety, power outages, and university closures. Participants will learn how they can develop business continuity plans for when these events occur on their own campuses.


Additionally, how an orientation program responds to these emergencies is important to the safety of the participants and the image of the university. The presenters will provide suggestions for education and training procedures for professional and student staff members. Information will also include tips for communications prior to orientation, having a backup location to conduct the orientation session, notifying campus administration, how to make the best call for when action should be taken, and how to reconvene the session once the emergency has passed.


Finally, the presenters will provide participants with suggestions for anticipating the questions, concerns, and needs of any orientation participants who may have been negatively impacted by choices made by orientation staff during emergencies. These challenges can often be just as time-consuming and stressful as navigating the emergencies, and care and understanding must be practiced to support those students.


David Duvall is the Director of New Maverick Orientation and Off-Campus Mavericks at the University of Texas at Arlington. In this role he oversees the orientation programs for new freshmen, transfer, international, and graduate students. David also develops programming for commuter students throughout the year. David is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Master of Science degree in 2001 from Florida State University where he studied Higher Education, and he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee in 1999.

Meighan Burke serves as the Assistant Director of New Maverick Orientation and Off-Campus Mavericks at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Meighan works directly with the freshman and International orientation programs, supervises the freshman orientation leader team and assists with programming for off-campus students. She earned her bachelor degree in Spanish and Communication in 2003 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and her master degree in Higher Education in 2008 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.  Meighan has worked at UT Arlington for almost 10 years and has served NODA in various positions during her professional career including, multiple regional conference committees, the 2013 Annual conference committee, as a Network Chair and a member of the Ad-hoc committee for NODA Competencies.

Culturally Bound: Developing Interculturally Competent Leaders

May 9, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST

Price: $49 for NODA members; $199 for non-members

Developing interculturally competent leaders can be a challenge. This presentation will describe a new professional’s journey in utilizing an intercultural competency assessment tool called the Intercultural Development Inventory with over 100 student leaders and how she navigated the learning curve in working with students who have minimal exposure to culture.

Culture is central to our everyday lives, but we may not notice it if we’re not engaging with it and intentionally reflecting on cultural differences and similarities between ourselves and others. This live briefing will provide participants an overview about the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment tool and its use in helping student leaders develop more intercultural competency. The IDI assessment is a nationally used assessment that breaks down a student's level of intercultural competency into five main stages on a continuum and provides students with a personal plan for increasing their intercultural competency. This assessment has been an instrumental framework for which to spark diversity and cultural conversations with over 100 student leaders.

Furthermore, this presentation will provide tips on how professionals can maximize their professional development in a particular area to better serve the needs of their student leaders, while enhancing collaborations with campus partners. The IDI is just one effective tool for increasing intercultural competency in our students.


Presenter: Virginia Cabrera, Program Assistant of Orientation Programs at Purdue University

Virginia Cabrera serves as a program assistant of orientation at Purdue University and hails from New Jersey. Primarily, she coordinates Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi), Purdue University’s new student orientation program for international students. Virginia joined the Orientation Programs team directly after completing her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers University, a fellow Big 10 institution. Prior to working at Purdue, Virginia worked at the University of Connecticut Wellness and Prevention Services Department, Student Activities Programs Office, the Rainbow Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Services Center.

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