2019 Annual Conference Presentations

Breakout Sessions

General Sessions



Breakout Sessions

Sharing is Caring: A Look at a Shared Student Worker Model

There are many Institutions that have departments with student workers, and some that do not have any student workers in their department.  Some of these departments are in the same division and can benefit from a shared Student Worker Model. Rowan College at Burlington County Enrollment Management and Student Success division utilizes a Shared Student Worker Program.  In this session, we will take a look at what a shared model looks like, and ways that it can benefit both your institutions and your student workers.

The Untapped Potential of Campus Employment

Bennington College is a small liberal arts school in southern Vermont that is distinguished by its historic emphasis on experiential and work-based learning. Our students are required to complete a six-week field work experience every year as an academic requirement. And yet until recently despite our appreciation for the learning value of work, student employment remained a silo, reinforcing an unspoken dichotomy between work-for-learning and work-for-pay. To remedy this, we embarked on a multi-pronged strategy for change, which included: institutional re-visioning; a campus employment advisory group; and a year-long process of overhauling policies, procedures, and systems to align with national best practices. This presentation will share a bit of what we’ve learned in the process about how campus employment-as-career education can benefit students and institutions alike.

Using Data in Student Employment: FWS/JLD Focus

What metrics do you use to assess, improve, or expand your student employment efforts? We all have federal reporting mandates for FWS and JLD but is there other information we should be pursuing to allow us to respond with agility to student employment needs? At AU I am piloting several data collections projects to make our FISAP reporting more robust and to enable a better sense of the size and nature of demand for student employment. We started by characterizing these statistics for FWS students. We hope to use these statistics to make a case for greater institutional investment in this knowledge for the whole student body. The session will consist of a case study and in progress report. I'll cover what we are asking and why. The institutional barriers to gathering this kind of data as well as the campus partnerships and strategies that are making it possible. We will end with suggestions on how to start your own processes and a discussion with the audience about other models and what they are doing in their programs.


Hi, I am New Here:  Transitioning to College

As students begin their college journey, how can student employment staff facilitate their adjustment to various transitions?  Discussion topics include:1.  transitions from student to student employee.  This includes students who are required to work for financial reasons. 2.  transitions for differently-abled students.  What support is available from the Office of Disability Services, the Career Center, LGBQT Center, and other campus services? 3.  transitions for parents/guardians:  what are the parents' roles and rights in the student's college life?  Laws change once a student enters a post-secondary institution due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Cultivating Experiential Learning Experiences for Your Student Employees

New York University has taken a holistic approach in ensuring that student employees maximize their experiences beyond classroom learning. The NYU student employment team aligned with this mission by designing programming that allows us to partner and gain buy-in from on-campus employers to cultivate better experiential learning experiences for their student employees. The interactive content we have created and presented empowers supervisors to play active roles in a student employees professional development. The trainings we have provided to supervisors include, Beyond Onboarding: Cultivating an Impactful Student Employment Experience, Managing Student Employees from Start to Finish: Intercultural Communication for Student Supervisors, Performance Communication and Evaluation for Student Employees. Along with these seminars, we have offered student-facing programs such as resume/transferable skills, networking, and career readiness workshops that are offered at the student employee work locations. We’d love to share our insights with the NEASEA cohort this year in the hopes that Universities who are interested in creating similar programming have a framework that they could work from. We would also encourage any feedback on what we’ve done over the past year.


Financial Literacy and Campus Life

Financial literacy programs empower students to be able to make financial decisions that will have a lasting impact. From creating a monthly budget, to paying off student loans, campus life provides the perfect environment by which students can begin to take control of their finances and gain confidence in their ability to manage money. There is a collective opportunity for various departments and student services to promote financial wellness among students.  Find unique and creative ways to integrate financial literacy on your campus!

Starting Strong: A Newcomer’s Guide to Student Employment

Launching a new career is never easy, especially within student employment, a field with multiple facets and constituents. This session is geared toward practitioners with 0-5 years of experience within the field of student employment, but all are welcome. Participants will learn how to master the 5 “E”s of success for a new professional- Evaluate, Eliminate, Educate, Earn, and Execute. These 5 “E”s will empower participants to develop their presence as new practitioners, coordinate a plan of action, and develop a personal plan for prosperity. We will share best practices and cover how to begin analyzing participants’ current student employment program, creating a plan of action for institutions with 1,000-5,000 student employees, creating new partnerships, expanding your online reach, designing training presentations, and cultivating opportunities to develop professionally.


General Sessions (More to come)

Exemplary Leadership Practices

Regardless of our roles, embracing personal leadership practices allow us to excel.  The five exemplary practices are a foundation for leading ourselves and others.  In this session we will explore each of the five practice areas; inspiring a shared vision, modeling the way, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart.  You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own level of performance in each practice area using the six leadership behaviors that impact each practice.  Session exercises will provide you a chance to experience each practice, create an action plan to enhance your effectiveness and leverage the best practices shared by colleagues.  Activities will include personal reflection and planning, peer coaching and small group work as we navigate The Leadership Challenge Model.  Please take the time to outline a personal or professional leadership challenge (project) that you can use as a working example throughout the session.

“Meet Me on the Dance Floor!” Taking a Closer Look at Diversity and Inclusion in Student Employment

This workshop will encourage student employment professionals in bring their strengths and partnerships to the center stage to create a foundation of support as it relates to student development and student professional development trainings surrounding diversity and inclusion. Highlights and brainstorm what a safe space requires to actively engage students and campus community, and developing and maintaining diverse relationships among students, peers, and supervisors in order to maximize their campuses and students' workforce skills.