Conference Schedule



9:00-9:30 am Welcome – Kareem Watts, President of Minnesota ACPA
9:30-10:30 am Keynote Address – Dr. Rassheedah Watts
10:30-10:45 am Q&A with Dr. Rassheedah Watts

11:00-12:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

  • Understanding and Addressing Challenges Faced by Marginalized Students as They Enter College: The Impact of Identity-Based Anxiety within Secondary Learning Environments
    • Erin Hawley Cronin (she/her)
  • The Oakland University Initiative for Eradicating Racism: Amplifying Anti-racism Teaching, Learning, Research and Service
    • Dr. Chaunda Scott, Dr. Danielle Ligocki, Dr. Robert Martin
  • The N-Word: from Slavery to Hip-Hop
    • Domingo Guyton
  • Understanding and Supporting Neuro-Divergent Students: Identities, Experiences, and Needs
    • Katy Rimstad (she/her) and Hussein Rajput (he/him)

12:00-12:45 pm LUNCH 


  • Workplace Racial Trauma Suicide Prevention
    • Dr. Heliana Ramirez (she/her)
  • Breaking Down the Ivory Tower: Empowering Black Student and Faculty Voices through Arts-Based Research
    • Kareem Watts
  • Struggling to Maintain Academic Success while Enrolled in Postsecondary Education
    • Dr. Mary F. Duggan
  • Honoring Where We are From: Fostering Inclusion and Belonging in Higher Education
    • Oluwaseun Adekeye (she/her) & Dr. Aeriel Ashlee

2:00-2:15 pm Give-Away Winners


  • Coaching Belonging
    • Dr. Andrew Johnson
  • Employee Resource Groups in Higher Education: Fostering a community of Belonging
    • Brianne Twaddle (she/her), Severine Bates
  • Exploring Indigenous Paradigms as a Third-Wave of Thinking in Student Development
    • Ms. Madina Akhmet (she/her)
  • Cultivating Belonging, Social Interest and Planetary Wellbeing in Higher Education: An Adlerian Approach
    • Dr. Breanne Hiivala Cahoy (she/her) and Dr. Christine Park (she/her)

3:20-4:00 pm Closing