BTtoP National Conference | The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

This conference has reached capacity. Thank you to everyone for the incredible interest and encouragement!

If you are presenting at this conference and haven't yet registered, please email Jennifer O'Brien (obrien@bttop.org) and Cindy Koebke (koebke@aacu.org) to facilitate.

If you would like to get on the waiting list for registration, please email Jennifer O'Brien (obrien@bttop.org).

"Got Privilege?"

"Black Public Intellectuals: A Better Model for the Whole Scholar"

"Challenges of Educators Holding Multiple Subordinated Identities and Building Capacity for Institutional Change Agents"

"Rainbow Journalism: Community-Based, Inclusive, Divergent, Experimental and Activist Journalism as a Healing Process"

Sound interesting? Click here to check out the full list of provocations, presentations, and workshops being offered!

Conference Information Quick Links
CONFERENCE PURPOSE
CONFERENCE TOPICS
REGISTRATION
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE
HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST

CONFERENCE PURPOSE

The purpose of this conference is to bring together educators of all types (faculty, student affairs professionals, staff mentors and advising professionals, teaching assistants, administrators, etc.) to focus on the importance of well-being in higher education. Through the lens of intersectionality, conference participants will examine and explore how institutional values and campus cultures acknowledge or contextualize the intersections of student identity and lived experiences, support them, and challenge them. This conference takes seriously the commitment to whole student development through the exploration of the very elements that make students whole. 

Some conferences are about intersectionality. Some conferences are about student well-being. 
This conference is about the integration of both.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

The BTtoP project was founded on the principle that one of the fundamental purposes of higher education is the well-being of all its stakeholders, especially students. Through deep engagement in learning, civic experiences, and diverse discourse, higher education provides the unique opportunity for students to realize their full potential and to flourish.

Below is an explanation of the terms that form the character of this conference and what they mean in the context of this conference, specifically.

“Intersectionality” refers to how a diverse set of identities intersect and affect the lived experience and well-being of each student as a whole person. Intersecting identities can include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, socioeconomic status, first-generation status, and more.

“Well-being” refers not solely to a feeling or act, but to a relational activity (even practice) of being well—as in being part of a community, having meaningful relationships, and possessing a sense of purpose. Various forms of mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being (e.g., happiness, flourishing, resilience, mindfulness, etc.) are recognized as necessary conditions for well-being.

A longstanding history of attention to the concept of the “whole student” has meant understanding students as the integration of all of their identities, characteristics, and lived experiences—social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and so on. The intersections of these identities and experiences bring new perspectives, ways of knowing, and ways of being. Sometimes educational environments and experiences are prepared to engage all that a student brings, but they may also pose challenges for fostering an inclusive educational environment for whole students.

Considering the “whole student” in higher education means considering how student identities and experiences intersect in the design of curricular and co-curricular programs, structures, and spaces. This includes everything from the design of an academic building, living space or classroom, to the hiring practices of educators who reflect the student body to enhancing experiences of belonging and agency.

In this conference, “student” refers to all types of students—undergraduate, graduate, non-traditional populations, full-time, part-time, commuter, etc. Other terms used to connote “whole student” include the “whole learner” and the “whole person.”

And why now?

Exploring intersectionality as a framework for understanding the whole student and well-being is not just illuminating for all educators, such exploration is practically relevant and essential to offering the type of transformative educational experience highlighted in higher education institutional missions. At a time when complex and often difficult conversations are happening on many campuses, an intersectional framework helps educators work with all students to develop a sense of who they are, their capacity to flourish, and their place in the world, as well as to understand what to expect from their higher educational experience.

REGISTRATION

Regular Registration Fee (March 2-April 6, 2017): 

Individual Registration: $225 
Team Registration (3 or more from same institution): $175 per person

Students (including graduate students) attend free of registration charge, but must register (or be registered by a team member.)

THE CONFERENCE HAS REACHED CAPACITY. IF YOU ARE PRESENTING AT THIS CONFERENCE AND HAVEN'T YET REGISTERED, PLEASE REACH OUT TO JENNIFER O'BRIEN (obrien@bttop.org) AND CINDY KOEBKE (koebke@aacu.org) TO FACILITATE. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THE INCREDIBLE INTEREST AND ENCOURAGEMENT!

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Conference Facilitation by L. Lee Knefelkamp, Teacher's College, Columbia University

KeyDuet Speakers
Leeva Chung, University of San Diego
Laura Rendón, University of Texas-San Antonio

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

11:00 am             Registration open
1:10 pm               Welcome
1:30 pm               KeyDuet
2:35 pm               Concurrent Sessions
5:15 pm               Social Hour

Thursday, May 25, 2017

8:00 am               Breakfast
9:00 am               Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm             Lunch
1:10 pm               Concurrent Sessions
5:15 pm               Reception

Friday, May 26, 2017

8:00 am               Breakfast
9:00 am               Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm             Lunch
1:10 pm               Concurrent Sessions
2:35 pm               Concluding Session

Concluding Session Panelists

Maria Ahmad, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Frank Golom, Loyola University-Maryland
Karen Kalla, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Janie Ward, Simmons College
Moderated by: Rebecca Graham

Check out the list of provocations, presentations, and workshops being offered!

HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

Conference Hotel: W City Center Hotel, 172 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-3604

The hotel has already sold out of rooms in our discounted block. We have booked an additional small block of rooms, but due to high demand, rates have increased to the following:

Tuesday night: $279/nt/king; $309/nt/double
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights: $229/nt/king; $259/nt/double

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM 

You should also be able to find similar rates at nearby hotels on sites like hotels.com, but this is a very good rate for this hotel, and the area specifically, on these dates.

If you are a student interested in room sharing to save on cost, please fill out the poll HERE. (Your participation on the form will be remain private except to the conference organizer; we will contact interested parties with sharing opportunities via email as soon as a share is possible to help students secure the discounted hotel room rate before the April 26 deadline. YOU MUST PUT YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE POLL LINE so we can facilitate a room share. Thank you.)

Travel Information:
Both Chicago airports (Chicago-Midway and O'Hare International) are options for travel in and out of the city and to the conference hotel. O'Hare is on the northwest side of the city and Midway is to the southwest.
Taking the train (blue line) from O'Hare to the city is an inexpensive and (compared to car traffic into the city) quick option--it should take about an hour.
Taking the train (orange line) from Midway is also inexpensive, but the car trip from Midway may be shorter, if that is a preferred option (about 30-45 minutes.)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The deadline to submit a proposal has now passed. Thank you to all who submitted proposals to present at, provoke, or workshop this conference! We are overwhelmed and gratified by the interest and number of proposals.  We hope to announce decisions by mid-February. A listing of session titles will be posted here once notice has been made to all presenters. 

The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Project invited proposals for presentations and workshops that offer new theory and scholarship, strategy, and evidence-based practices that reflect the integration of the conference topics below, and that embody ways to inclusively engage diverse audience members and are adaptable to a diverse array of institutional types. We are interested in encouraging candid conversations (the ones you might have in the hallway at most conferences), and want to build and strengthen relationships between and among those at all levels of the institution.

Presentations and workshops will run concurrently and will range from Wednesday, May 24, at 3:00 pm through Friday, May 26, at 3:00 pm, and presenters and facilitators are expected to be available at the time they are scheduled by the conference organizers. 

Please note that all presenters and facilitators of sessions and/or workshops are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.

Visit the Call for Proposals for a discussion of conference topics and suggestions for session topics.

STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST

Katie Richárd, University of Central Oklahoma student and Newman Civic Fellow 2016, designed the graphic to the left as part of our student design contest. Her design is titled "Bridging Out to Bridge the Gap."

She earned $250 for her design and travel assistance to the attend the conference. We will use her design in all of our conference marketing and materials. 

Congratulations, Katie--and thank you for allowing us to highlight your talent and passion for student well-being and intersectionality!

 

Questions? Contact BTtoP Project Manager and Conference Organizer Jennifer O'Brien at obrien@bttop.org.