Programming - Topic Areas
The Programming Committee has developed the topical areas below to
help guide and shape your program submissions. All the categories below
address a need or niche within our profession and we would love to
offer programs in all these areas. Please consider your areas of
expertise and submit a program proposal on one of these topics.
Administrative Operations/Administrative Best Practices/Technology
This category should include presentations about occupancy management,
processes related to applications/contracts/renewals/room assignments
and selection, marketing strategies, communications plans, billing and
financial management, and how housing departments are enhancing
processes and procedures through the use of technology. Programs
highlighting specific and innovative uses of technology in the
completion of our work as housing professionals are also appropriate for
submission in this category.
This category should include presentations on methods, topics, and
results of assessment and benchmarking initiatives and how housing
departments utilize data to identify and address student needs, create
best practices, and improve performance and service delivery.
Additionally if you have research to share based on benchmarking and
assessment projects that is appropriate as well.
Staff Supervision/Development- This category should
include presentations on current practices, trends, and issues
concerning staff supervision/development (i.e.
accountability/performance reviews, motivation/recognition, assisting
staff in attaining new knowledge/skills/abilities, gaining increasing
levels of competence, and growing professionally), what your institution
is doing to stay ahead of these concerns (examples may include such
programs as orientation, in-service education, and continuing
education), and provide participants a better understanding of how to
adapt the presenter’s practices and methods to meet an institution’s
Academic Initiatives/Campus Partnerships/Living Learning Communities-
This category should include presentations on programmatic initiatives
that include the integration of academic and/or other campus departments
within the residence life operation (i.e. living learning communities,
tutoring centers, FYE programs, co-curricular and service-learning
opportunities), specific institutional efforts to cultivate these
initiatives and partnerships, and provide participants with the steps
and resources to implement similar programs at their institution.
Family Housing/Apartments/Theme Housing - This
category should address the unique needs of Family/Apartments/Theme
Housing. Programs can include all functional areas in this type of
housing to include programming, facilities, staffing structure,
childcare, faculty involvement, etc. Additionally, program submissions
regarding new initiatives and new types of themed housing that may be of
interest to your colleagues in the region are welcomed.
Programming & Leadership Development- This
category should include presentations on programming and leadership
development of our residents. What is your university doing to recruit
and develop student leaders? What types of new programming initiatives
and models are being implemented at your institution that would be of
interest to your colleagues? Are there unique collaborations happening
on your campus to provide programming or leadership development
opportunities? Presentations on programming should explain to
participants what you are doing at your institution and how they can
implement these things at their own institution.
Personal Development- This category focuses on us as
Student Affairs Professionals. Programs in this category are topical in
nature and focus on things like work/family life balance, parenthood in
student affairs, personal development readings,moving off campus for
the first time, etc. This grouping of programs is intended to address
some of the common personal issues thatHousing Professionals face and
present a forum to discuss these topics.
Social Justice/Multicultural Issues- This category
addresses the myriad of the social justice and multicultural issues we
face on our campuses. Programs can be focused on a particular topic
(i.e. addressing socioeconomic status in residential programming or can
be about specific initiatives or programs taking place on your campus
you think would benefit other campuses. Additionally research or
readings in these areas can be presented as Programs. Programs in this
area are intended to increase the knowledge of the participants
surrounding social justice and multicultural issues and to provide ideas
for working with these issues on our campuses.
Crisis Management/Risk Management/Legal Issues- This
category should include presentations on best practices, trends, and
preparation of plans in crisis management/risk management/legal issues
(i.e. emergency plans, mental health preparation, legal precedents and
decisions that affect the profession, and staff utilization areas) and
fosters participant understanding of how to utilize information on their
campus and have a better understanding of the steps to manage issues
and emergencies at their institution.
should include presentations about maintenance and/or custodial
operations or programs, construction and renovation projects of
interest, and a focus on sustainability in design and LEED projects.
(i.e. maintenance/custodial organizational structure, developing
relationships with physical plant, new construction/renovation projects
and LEED certification, selecting architects, mold remediation, bed
bugs, and customer service are representative topics).
Sustainability-This category should include projects
and educational programs related to sustainable lifestyles and
planning. (i.e. recycling, move out donations and collections, recycle
mania, energy use contests, resident education and awareness, involving
hall government, and RHA, bike share and maintenance programs, and
paperless application process programs apply here).