I consider myself a Strengths-based educator, and by that I mean I whole-heartedly believe that if individuals are given a chance to develop their talents into strengths – great things can be accomplished when working together. Focusing on positives and de-stressing the weaknesses in others challenges everyone to be accountable for their own success. Here is my Philosophy of Student Development.
I have been in the Student Affairs field going on 18 years now and have worked in Residence Life at the North Carolina School of the Arts in addition to working in Student Activities/Campus Activities at Loyola University New Orleans and now currently at Binghamton University. Experienced in planning events and meetings for faculty, staff, and students – I have coordinated smaller events to sellout concerts with national acts.
I am an active member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). I find value in this organization because I believe in it’s core mission to promote community building on campus. I have served in many volunteer positions with the Association ranging from Regional Leadership Team positions, regional Conference Chair to Annual Conference Team member. Currently I’m almost through with my term as the Technology Community of Practice Leader and was the co-host of the College Union and Activities Discussion podcast (@CUADpodcast) for many years.
My “Strengths Quest” Report:
Summary of some of the cool stuff I have gotten to work with over the years as a professional:
Bands/Musical Acts: The Roots, OAR, They Might Be Giants, Better Than Ezra, Dashboard Confessional, Brave New World, Gym Class Heroes, Lupe Fiasco, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Drake, Bob Dylan, Taking Back Sunday, Far East Movement, Pretty Lights, Wiz Khalifa, Afrojack, Childish Gambino, Yellowcard, Wild Nothing, J Cole, Trey Songz, Big Sean, MisterWives, Rubblebucket, Wild Nothing
Speakers: Queen Latifah, Spike Lee (at two different institutions), Danny Glover, Maya Angelou, Patch Adams, Post Secret, Snooki, Andy Samberg, Reverend Run (From Run DMC), Stephen A. Smith, Nikki Giovanni
Comedians: Jon Stewart, Godfrey, Guy Branum, Aziz Ansari, Lewis Black, Demetri Martin, Nick Offerman, John Mulaney
So bear with me as this site may change and grow as time goes on.
I will start with a few categories based on the first few posts, but hope to expand to topics that I know the most about. Event Planning, Risk & Crisis Management, Student Development, Leadership, Organization, any number of things.
Hope you’ll come back often! – Jennifer