We are excited to share that on Tuesday May 9th, we will begin our conference learning experience with a series of expert speakers from across Ontario. The speakers will share insight on a variety of topics that impact our day-to-day work as housing and student affairs professionals.
The State of Canadian Student Affairs
Richcraft Hall 3201
As Student Affairs professionals in Housing and Residence Life operations, your bandwidth is overloaded with information regarding new trends, emerging research, evolving student demand/needs, and important issues that impact your day-to-day work on Canadian campuses. Without time for reflection and discussion, these ideas often remain unaddressed and under-examined. More than your basic session, this fun (and perhaps slightly irreverent) session will have unscripted debates, instigative remarks, and audience participation to help all in attendance make meaning of current and top-of-mind student housing issues. Adam and John, both former Housing & Residence Life pros now working within a broader Student Affairs mission, won't shy away from challenging Housing folks in the room to think differently about their mandate, their profession, and their purpose in the Canadian Post Secondary context.
Koru Mindfulness: Managing Stress and Increasing
Self-Awareness One Breath at a Time
Richcraft Hall 3220
With an emerging focus on well-being and positive mental health on post-secondary campuses, there is a growing recognition of the need for programming that will help students to manage increasing amounts of stress and that will provide practical skills with tangible results. Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based mindfulness and meditation training program developed for undergraduate and graduate students. This session will provide an overview of how this extremely popular program is working on one university campus, an interactive experience of techniques taught during the sessions, and tips for implementing Koru Mindfulness.
Gender Neutral Housing Results
Richcraft Hall 3202
Gender-inclusive housing is an emerging topic in the field of Student Housing and Residence Life. Housing operations have a legal and ethical requirement to provide equitable and inclusive spaces and processes for an increasingly diverse student body, including trans-identified and gender non-binary students. To begin, this session will present data collected on the current state of gender-inclusive housing in the OACUHO membership, which will be followed by an exploration of best practices through facilitated discussion. Topics will include practical suggestions for implementation, institutional values, risk management, community education, and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The objective of this session is to create actionable steps that can be taken by OACUHO member institutions to ensure that housing operations in Ontario are equitable and inclusive of gender diversity both prior to and during students’ time in residence.
Increases in Fentanyl Usage
Richcraft Hall 3224
Opioid-use, and most recently Fentanyl use, has become a growing trend amongst young adults both regionally, and across the country. This session will address current trends and information regarding the growing opioid crisis in Canada, review harm reduction and other intervention strategies for front-line staff working with young adults who use drugs, and information regarding treatment available for individuals with opioid use disorders.
Not Just a Buzzword: Storytelling as a Professional Strategy
Richcraft Hall 3112
Storytelling is the fundamental unit of human understanding, yet many of us never critically engage with the concept after grade school. While professions like marketing and public relations thrive on well-crafted stories, other professions, like those working in higher education, would greatly benefit from using storytelling as a business tactic. When done well, storytelling will help you spread awareness, gain buy-in from stakeholders, demonstrate value, justify resources and more. In this session, you will learn how storytelling connects to your professional practice, tips and tricks for strategically crafting and delivering that story, and practical ways to make this concept part of your culture.