Data Needed Now
Joe Hayes, IUPUI
Nicholas Rau, University of Miami
Kelly Schaefer, Northwestern University
Amid the high-level conversations occurring now about the pandemic’s implications for higher education, often the student voice is lost and equity gaps widened. Further, everyone is needing to justify their functional areas and stress
is rampant. Assessment and research can play a role in helping to achieve data-influenced decisions with people-centered actions. This panel will share some of the questions they and their colleagues are asking currently, how they are using data,
implications of assessments conducted pre-COVID versus now, and how an analytical mindset need not equate to a lack of compassion.
No Longer in Your Parent's Basement: Esports and Gaming as a Model for Community Development, Career Opportunities, and Competitive Teams
Justin Camputaro, University of Washington
Trevor Whiton, University of Washington
Global esports revenues are $1.1 billion with an audience of 453.8 million people, and data indicates more than 70% of college students are
gamers. This does not mean having an esports program at your institution will make you a million dollars. Esports is here to stay, and what it can do is directly align with your mission of student education and success. When we opened in April 2019,
the University of Washington was the largest university in the United States with an Esports Arena and Gaming Lounge. Learn insights about the esports and the gaming industry, developing an inclusive and educational program connected to academics
and industry professionals, and building a physical gaming center.
Resilient Unions: Lessons from Michigan and Georgia Tech
Lindsay Bryant, Georgia Tech
Susan Pile University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Brian Schermer, Workshop Architects
Peter vanden Kieboom, Workshop Architects
Unions are resilient. Wars, pandemics, political strife, and economic hardships have tested the mettle of student life professionals throughout the history of the movement. While the current pandemic presents difficult challenges, it is important to remember
that our civilization, our cities, our universities, and yes, our unions, are fundamentally able to overcome them. The same is true of union buildings, especially if they are designed to anticipate future shocks and stressors. This session presents
what Workshop Architects and its partner-clients, based on recent projects, have learned about creating resilient union buildings at the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech.
We're Here, Too: How Student Leaders of Color Found Belonging
Katie Beaulieu, Wayne State University
Finding a sense of belonging can be more challenging for students of color compared to their white peers, especially at predominantly white institutions. This session will share the findings from a
qualitative dissertation study interviewing student leaders of color. Their lived experiences reflected the marginalization and assimilation pressure they experience daily, in addition to the intense weight they feel to act as a role model for other
students of color. From their stories, we can learn how to better support all students of color, particularly those who choose to serve as leaders on our campuses.