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March 12, 2010
OMA staff members were well-represented in the program of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) national conference in Chicago.
Czarina Ramsay, OMA assistant director, presented with a colleague from Loyola University Chicago on "The Legacy of Mentorship:
Responding to the Call." The program explored personal accounts of mentorship in student affairs and their influence on retention of diverse communities within higher education.
Jolie Harris, OMA assistant director, and Monica Nixon, OMA director, presented on "Moving Beyond Multiculturalism: Strategies for Social Justice," a session designed for diversity and multicultural affairs practitioners, retention officers, strategic planners and scholars interested in moving student affairs beyond multiculturalism toward more effective racial, economic, and social justice work. Nixon also made a presentation with two colleagues from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Washington-Tacoma about the experiences of couples in "Dual-Career Searches in Student Affairs." They shared data from narrative research on dual-career couples and discussed implications for institutional preparedness to hire and retain satisfied professionals.
Nixon also facilitated with Jacob Diaz, vice president for student development, a session titled "Student Affairs as Self-Reflexive Practice" with 50 undergraduate students in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program and Student Affairs Leadership of Tomorrow Program. Nixon joined Diaz in serving on the NUFP National Board, for which Diaz is the chair-elect.
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