Division of Student Affairs

Careers In Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs and the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Master of Education program are partnering together to host the Careers in Student Affairs conference on September 20, 2019. 

Hosted in the state-of-the-art Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness facility, this half-day conference will bring together undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and prospective doctoral students around the importance of a career in Student Affairs.


Conference Schedule:

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Registration & Graduate School Expo

  Registration and the Graduate School Expo will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Connect with current faculty and graduate students from prominent higher education programs in our state!     

  Arriving early? There will be two tours of Division of Student Affairs facilities happening at 10:30 a.m. Feel free to take a tour of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness or Spartan Village Apartments. Tours will last 30 minutes and return to the main space before the    keynote address starts. 

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Keynote Address and Lunch

Dr. Cathy Akens, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, will bring greetings from the Division. Dr. Sonja Ardoin, Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs Administration program at Appalachian State University. Lunch will be served before we are dismissed for the sessions. 

12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. – Session #1

   Undergraduate track sessions:

  • #Studentleader: Leveraging Your Personal Brand & Digital Identity in Higher Ed (by Brandi Propst of Elon University)
  • Student Affairs Grad to Student Affairs Pro (by Dr. Sonja Ardoin  and Derrick McReynolds of Appalachian State University)

Graduate Student/Current Professional track session:

  • Campus Climate (by George Still of UNC Greensboro)

Prospective Doctoral Student track session:

  • Doctoral Admissions: The Who/What/Where/Why (by Dr. Symphony Oxendine of UNC Wilmington and Dr. Laura Gonzalez of UNC Greensboro)

1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – Session #2

 Undergraduate track sessions:

  • Introduction to the Student Affairs field (by LaFarin Meriwether of UNC Greensboro)
  • Weekend Warriors – Tips for Preparing For Interview Weekends & Internships (Current UNC Greensboro Masters Students)

Graduate Student/Current Professional track session:

  • Emerging & Contested Issues (by Dr. Rozana Carducci of Elon University)

Prospective Doctoral Student track session:

  • Life After the Doctorate (by Dr. Delma Ramos of UNC Greensboro and Dr. Steve Mencarini of Guilford College)

2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Session #3

Undergraduate track sessions:

  • Things I Wish I Knew: An Interactive Panel of Entry-Level Student Affairs Professionals (by Daniel Wiggins, Ashley Owens, Adric Hardy, and Daisy Santiago of UNC Greensboro)
  • What Are My Next Steps? Preparing For A Careers In Student Affairs (by Dr. Megan Walters of UNC Greensboro)

Graduate Student/Current Professional track session:

  • Diversity Self Care Health Check-up: You Are Not Alone (by Demarcus Merritt of UNC Greensboro)

Prospective Doctoral Student track session:

  • Work-Career Planning While Getting Your Ph.D. (by Dr. Brett Carter of UNC Greensboro)

3:30 p.m. – Depart


For greater detail about the three program tracks:

  1. Undergraduate Student: This track will be centered on providing an overview to the field and key skills that will be needed for exploration and success in a Student Affairs career.
  2. Graduate Students and Professionals: These three sessions will provide a overview of contemporary issues and creative approaches to address them.
  3.  Prospective Doctoral Students: Specifically designed for those considering a terminal degree, these sessions will create a foundation for professionals to explore applying, balancing life during their program, and the types of positions available after the doctorate.



Register has closed. Thank you for your interest! 

$10: All undergraduate students

$20: Professionals & graduate students

$50: Graduate programs (includes lunch for one representative)

All UNCG undergraduate students, graduate students, and Division of Student Affairs staff will be covered and will attend free of charge.

Payment via check, cash, or BANFIN (UNC Greensboro departments). Payment will be accepted via mail and on site.


If you’d like to mail your check before the conference experience, please send them to:

Coretta Walker
Student Affairs | Mossman Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402



Questions? Contact Coretta Walker, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at crwalke5@uncg.edu.