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When: Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Roger Williams University

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Calling all New and Mid-Level Professionals! Join us at Roger Williams University for our Annual Mid-Level Institute/New Professional Drive-In Conference.


Mid-Level Professionals will have the opportunity to attend small-group sessions, connect and learn from seasoned student affairs professionals, network with regional colleagues, and learn more about how to better your online professional presence! See below for sessions.


The New Professional Drive-In will provide new professionals the opportunity to attend sessions focused on developing in your current role as a new professional, developing your professional identity, and beginning and continuing the transition to the mid-level! There will also be opportunities to sign up for 1 on 1 mentoring sessions with mid and director level Residence Life professionals! See below for sessions.


There are three registration categories.

  • New Professionals - $40.00 – (Maximum of 50 participants)
  • Mid-Level Professionals - $40.00 – (Maximum of 25 participants)
  • Mentor/Presenter Registration - $20.00 – (No Maximum)

Event Schedule

8:30 am      Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am      Welcome & Keynote
10:00 am    Session 1
11:00 am    Session 2
Noon          Lunch & Mentor Time
2:00 pm      Session 3
3:00 pm      Session 4
4:00 pm      Closing & Wrap-Up

MLI Sessions

Strategic Planning & Assessment

  • Strategic Planning at the Mid-Level – What does this look like and what should you know?
  • Strategic Planning for your department – Professional Staff, Department Goals, Projects, etc
  • Assessment in a Mid-Level position

Campus Politics

  • Understanding Campus Politics at the Mid-Level – Who are you now interacting with and working with?
  • Managing department Partnerships
  • Reporting Lines (VPs, Deans, Directors, Ads)

Crisis Response & Management

  • Managing Larger Level crisis
  • What does it look like the first day, two weeks, three weeks out?
  • What is your potential role?
  • Who are the common stake holders?

Budget Management

  • Where is money coming from for your department?
  • How is it being allocated on campus and how it differs?
  • Managing a larger budget
  • Dealing with Institutional vs. Department values

New Professional Sessions

Professional Development

  • What are various professional development opportunities? (Conferences, webinars, books, etc.)
  • Attendees will brainstorm what professional development opportunities they would like to explore.
  • Attendees will be able acknowledge where they need to further develop their skill sets and how to see professional development to help improve those skills
  • Resources available - NEACUHO Legacy, Unions, etc.
  • Professional Development Opportunities on your own Campus
    • How to foster those opportunities?
    • Where can you potentially find them?

Supervising vs. Advising

  • What are the differences between supervising and advising?
  • What are the different skill sets/tactics used to help with supervising/advising?
  • Supervising - Managing up, across and to those you directly supervise.

Moving Up: How do I get there?

  • Attendees will acknowledge skills they need to develop and improve on in order to move up to the Mid-Level.
  • Attendess will create and set goals they have for themselves in regards to their careers.
  • Who can you lean on to help with Moving Up and your career. Identifying mentors in your life.

Assessment 101

  • What is Assessment? What kinds of Assessment are there?
  • What are tools/software/sites to help you with Assessment?
  • Understanding what to do with Assessment: the steps after it's completed.
    • In your role?
    • In your department?
    • On your campus?

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