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March 28, 2017 Navigating Different Parenting Styles to Work with All Families
April 13, 2017 The Digitally Connected Student Affairs Educator


**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 

Navigating Different Parenting Styles to Work with All Families
March 28, 2017, 1:00PM-2:00PM CST | 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

One Session: $49 
Nonmember Rate: $199

Click here to register for the webinar

Most parents of college students are eager to receive the messages colleges and universities provide to help them support their son’s or daughter’s college experience. The majority of families buy into the concept that their son or daughter should be developing independence and resilience during college. The parents' role, then, becomes serving as a sounding board, providing advice, and increasingly turning over responsibility to the student—while still being in the background as a safety net for the worst-case scenarios.

But there are resistant parents who believe the school's job is to protect their child no matter what, and another (generally smaller) group of parents who believe they’re done parenting their student and who will not be there in those worst-case situations.

Differences in parenting styles can influence these family approaches to “appropriate
involvement” and affect how parents interpret information provided by professionals. This session will report findings of a study that examined how parenting style relates to parent involvement in college. Participants will consider how professionals in higher education might adapt to different parenting styles to provide information and support families by adjusting communications, events, and services in order to address needs of parents we’re not currently reaching.

This webinar will help professionals:

  • Begin to understand how parenting style impacts parents’ feelings about higher education and their concerns regarding their college student.
  • Move our focus beyond commonly-researched demographic factors.
  • Challenge our own biases regarding right and wrong ways for parents to interact with their students
  • Acknowledge differences in parenting style and understand that appropriate involvement may look different in different families.
  • Learn how to reach out to different types of parents and ensure that all students receive support from home.
  • Explore ways to develop communication strategies to fit all parenting styles.


Marjorie Savage, Education Specialist in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, has developed nationally acclaimed parent/family programming centered on communication and technology. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on the topic of family-college relations, both nationally and internationally. She has written numerous articles and chapters on the topic and is the author of a book for college parents, You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, Simon & Schuster Fireside Edition.


Chelsea Petree is the Director of Parent and Family Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. Along with acting as a direct link to parents of RIT students, she leads campus initiatives in family communications, events, and research. Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with an emphasis on parent-college student relationships, and has been nationally recognized for her research and innovative programming for parents and families.







The Digitally Connected Student Affairs Educator
April 13, 2017, 1:00PM-2:00PM CST | 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

One Session: $49 
Nonmember Rate: $199

Click here to register for the webinar.

In August 2015, NASPA and ACPA approved the revised version of the Student Affairs Professional Competencies. One of the most significant changes was the addition of Technology, that solidifies tech as an essential part of work in Student Affairs. NODA also recently released a set of competencies for professionals working in Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Attendees will learn about both sets of competencies through the lens of technology.

The webinar will apply related rubrics to track learning and growth, practical application in the field of student affairs, and plenty of resources for practitioners at all levels. Finally, the facilitator will share her research that produced a framework for digital leadership in higher education, as well as a digital decision-making model. Collectively, these tools will guide participants in building a reflective and values-based foundation for adopting and utilizing technology, resulting in a digitally connected student affairs educator.


Dr. Josie Ahlquist, International Digital Leadership Speaker, Florida State University, Research Associate & Leadership Instructor. Dr. Ahlquist is a digital leadership educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. Josie received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. She believes in challenging how education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development, and student services and brings over a decade of experience in the field of higher education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student orientation.  Dr. Ahlquist maintains an active research agenda, currently undertaking three separate research projects with colleagues around the globe and holds a research associate position with Florida State University. 

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