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All pre-conferences take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017.


Reconceptualizing Success to Support Diverse Populations Through OTR Programming 
Dian Squire, Visiting Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

A diversifying student body and knowledge about diverse identities provides a clarion call for OTR professionals to think boldly and broadly about equity and inclusion in campus programming and support.  Reconceptualizing student success and student involvement will allow OTR professionals to do their best to support students from a variety of backgrounds through their transition to and success throughout college.  Participants in this session will be provided space to think about and discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on their campuses and to think about the ways OTR professionals can best support all students.  Real-life examples provided by participants will guide the discussion and participants will leave with a “to-do list” to bring back to their campus.  This is a session for any attendee, but best attended by participants who are struggling to integrate cultural inclusion into their programs.

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 32
Price: $90 for members / $190 for non-members
Lunch provided: Yes


Crisis Management in Orientation
Meighan Burke, Assistant Director of New Maverick Orientation, University of Texas at Arlington; David Duvall, Director of New Maverick Orientation and Off-Campus Mavericks, University of Texas at Arlington; Various Additional Speakers TBD

An emergency can happen at any moment during an orientation session. Regardless of the type of interruption, 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 session will include information about responding to different types of emergencies, preparing student staff for their role, and creating an emergency response plan for your office. The workshop will also include a panel discussion featuring senior student affairs administrators and seasoned orientation professionals.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 56
Cost: $55 for members / $155 for non-members
Lunch provided: No


Safe Zone: Train the Trainer
Chris Landry, Assistant Director of Orientation, Auburn University; Additional Speakers TBD

Fostering an environment that is welcoming and safe is a key part of our work as OTR professionals, but it is even more critical for our LGBTQ+ students, student leaders, and professionals. This workshop will prepare you with the resources and skills needed to present Safe Zone/Ally trainings on your campus and at future NODA regional conferences.  During the annual conference, pre-con attendees will also have the opportunity to facilitate a Safe Zone training for conference participants in conjunction with the GLBTA Network.

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 for members / $155 for non-members
Lunch provided: No


Educating Students for Digital Leadership and Citizenship
Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

This workshop and discussion focuses on key educational outcomes for students as it relates to digital and social technologies.  Examples will be given of efforts by institutions to better equip students with the knowledge and skills for effective digital citizenship and leadership.

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 44
Cost: $55 for members / $155 for non-members
Lunch provided: No


Highly Selective Institutions Network: A Day of Best Practices & Roundtable Discussions

Connect with peers in Highly Selective Institutions Network. This half-day event will include roundtable conversations about innovative practices. Topics will include: orientation, transition, academic & faculty collaborations, and supporting underrepresented students. The afternoon will consist of a local site visit.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Capacity: 32
Price: $55 for members / $155 for non-members
Lunch provided: No




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