In order to achieve the Student Affairs’ mission to "provide an environment for our diverse student population to reach their greatest potential through inspiration, accessibility, and support," we recognize the necessity of providing positive development of intellectual, professional, social & cultural growth of UAA Student Affairs staff members.

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  • Below are resources for enhancing your personal & professional development.
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Training & Development Opportunities


Upcoming Events

Diversity in Higher Education:
Responding to Recent Student Activism

Thursday, December 17, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm (1 hour webcast, 30 minute discussion)
Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room

Widespread protests across our institutions are creating tremendous pressure on campus leaders—from all sides. Leaders face a strategic dilemma—inaction is not an option, and yet the urge to make quick and even bold commitments may force transactional 'responses' to lists of 'demands.' This dynamic can prevent leaders from being more strategic and addressing the fundamental issues and concerns student groups are expressing. (Full Description)

Join us for a webcast and discussion to hear about this subject from a national scholar and sitting cabinet member at Emory University. We'll explore a variety of questions including:

  • What are the real systemic issues and how do you frame the conversation productively?
  • How do you navigate the nuances of freedom of speech, academic freedom, and campus safety?
  • How can you engage all levels of university leadership in this discussion?
  • How do you maintain transparency and full disclosure when you don’t have clear answers?

Controversial Topics and Difficult Dialogues Training:
Effectively Engaging Students in Critical Conversations

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 am
Consortium Library, Room 307
Facilitator: Libby Roderick, University of Alaska, Anchorage

As our campus communities become ever more diverse and national and local issues intensify, potentially charged issues of power, privilege and identity are ever more likely to surface in those discussions. How do we help our students talk about the critical issues of race, class, and gender relations?  How do we model for them ways to grapple with issues such as gun control, gay marriage, institutional racism, and climate change?

Most of us receive little or no training in effective ways to successfully engage students in these critical conversations.  In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on hands-on learning strategies to effectively introduce controversial topics into discussions.  The focus is primarily for classroom use, but the strategies are transferable to other venues as well. Specifically, participants will

  1. Be introduced to the national Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education movement and projects;
  2. Briefly examine the rights and responsibilities of academic freedom in a university context; and
  3. Actively explore a variety of strategies for intentionally introducing discipline-appropriate difficult dialogues in learning environments.

The workshop will be based on Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education (2008). The publication was developed as part of a Ford Foundation grant as a field manual for educators who want to more effectively engage their students in conversations about the most important issues of our time. It explores productive ways to engage difficult dialogues in classroom and other academic settings.

Libby Roderick is Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), where she focuses on issues related to difficult dialogues, effective teaching to diverse student populations, promoting collegiality within academic departments, educating about sustainability and climate change, and 21st century trends in higher education. Libby also serves as the Director of the Difficult Dialogues initiative at UAA. She is Associate Editor of Start Talking; co-author of Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education; editor of Alaska Native Cultures and Issues, and author of numerous articles. She is producing a booklet and DVD on effectively responding to faculty-to-faculty bullying in academic departments, due out this winter. Libby serves as Vice-President of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center, and is also an internationally recognized singer/songwriter.

NASPA Annual Conference Virtual Ticket On-Demand

March 2015 - March 2016

The March 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans is available to you this year ... virtually. Through a virtual ticket, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, you can access 52 video sessions from the conference, plus the supporting materials from those sessions anytime during the next 12 months!

A listing of the sessions available through the virtual ticket can be found online here.

For log-in information, please contact Whitney Brown, Coordinator of Student Affairs Research, Assessment and Staff Development, at 786-6156 or

Not familiar with NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education? Learn more about this organization on their website ( or feel free to contact me with questions.

Safe Zone

Receive a two hour training in this program designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, allies (GLBTQA) and other marginalized persons. 


The training takes participants through a variety of activities aimed at expanding horizons and cultivating thoughts. It will help participants examine their thoughts and views while prepping them to become better allies for the GLBTQA community.


For more information email or contact Maria Bonifacio at 751-7448.

Past Webinars & Presentations

 For resources from previous webinars and presentations, see the "Past Webinar & Presentations" page.


Consortium Library SA Resources

See this list of print resources available for checkout at the Consortium Library.



For more information about staff development opportunities in Student Affairs, please contact Whitney Brown, Coordinator of Student Affairs Research, Assessment and Staff Development, at 786-6156 or