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The Student Affairs Spectacular

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Join us for the first episode of Unpacking SA where we ask, "Who are you?", "What are you?" and more!
Ask any Student Affairs Professional who is of color and working at a PWI, and you'll undoubtedly hear about how they are the go-to resource for an overwhelming number of students who share their identity. James Sparkman and Tom discussed how h
Family orientations are on the rise but few schools are doing them, or doing them well. In a wide-ranging conversation with Sylvester Gaskin of Towson University, Tom digs into the details of how they are running their successful family orienta
It's no surprise that colleges service people from all types of backgrounds. One population that is often overlooked, but increasing in demand, is students who were formerly incarcerated and in a correctional facility. Michael Brick is working
Balancing work and life is difficult when both you and your partner are career orientated, especially when a child comes into the picture. Megan Dailey chatted with Tom about the various challenges and blessings she and her partner face while g
A popular phrase in Student Affairs is, "Data doesn't drive." Another way to think about this is that if we aren't good at converting our data into great stories...and then telling those stories, then the data doesn't matter. Tom got to intervi
Games are engaging and sometimes addicting. Many classrooms have successfully integrated the most engaging elements of games into student learning. Derrick Picard is interested in how the same elements of Game Theory can be applied to student e
It's no secret that Student Affairs Professionals work hard. Long nights. Early mornings. Weekends. And sometimes, even holidays. In between all the work, some SA Pros are figuring out ways to manage their own physical and mental health because
With almost 1 million international students attending US colleges and universities, when’s the last time you sat down with one and heard their perspective on student life and college? Tom had a conversation with Ariel Tan who was an internatio
Imagine sitting down and having an interview with 50 senior student affairs professionals. What lessons would you learn? Alan Mueller undertook this project and in his interview with Tom, Alan draws out some of the critical lessons he's learned
Some students go above and beyond the normal role of car-to-class by getting involved on campus. Some students even go beyond that by getting involved on a national level. Whatever the case, hearing perspectives from the undergraduate students
If one topic of conversation has dominated student affairs over the past 24 months more than any other topic, it's the topic of social justice. Business and life partners, Kyle and Aeriel Ashlee have dedicated much of their professional and per
The last 24 months have changed the culture of campuses across the country due to a divisive election, racial tension, immigration debates, and gender equality...to name a few. With the change, Student Affairs Professionals are consistently fin
Jennifer “sat” down with Tom for her first SAC Spectacular Podcast to talk about what it’s like to be pursuing a doctoral degree while also holding a full time job as the Assistant Dean of Students.   Relive all the best moments of the podcast
Tom bids farewell to Dustin as well as wraps up season 3 of the podcast with this episode of reflections and memories.   Relive all the best moments of the podcast with the entire library right here.   Find the full show notes for this episode
Dustin records his last formal interview with Brian LeDuc for this extra episode of the podcast. They talk about the recent phenomenon of coding academies and how they fit into the traditional higher education space.   We appreciate Brian makin
We're thrilled to welcome Paige Robnett to her first ever podcast to talk with Dustin about her work supporting college women become empowered student leaders on campus. She shares her story and how others can help support everyone to feel welc
An important announcement from Dustin about the future of the podcast.
This week we're very pleased to welcome Richard Okello to the podcast! He speaks with Dustin about how to be an ally to social justice causes and how to work with students who are struggling to handle encounters with diversity on campus.   We a
We're very happy to welcome Alicia Rea to the show this week! She speaks with Dustin about her work in alumni relations, current events, and some great tips for both those in and out of alumni relations offices.   We appreciate Alicia making ti
This week's guest is Jenni Kraft-Batchelder from the SA First Years Blog. She speaks with Dustin about the history of the site, and lessons learned.   We appreciate Jenni making time for the show!   Find the full show notes here.
This week's guest is Grant Schroll from the Education Advisory Board. He speaks with Dustin about design thinking, furthering the discussion from last week's episode.   We appreciate Grant making time for the show!   Find the full show notes
We're very excited to welcome Kathleen deLaski to the podcast this week! She sit downs with Dustin to talk about her diverse background and how she brings it to higher education to help institutions do work better through design thinking.   We
This week's guest is Kyle James who speaks to Dustin about his life after college as a recent graduate. Specifically moving on from being a campus leader and what he learned from his experience of being involved.   We appreciate Kyle for making
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