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The Student Affairs Professional Development and Year of Inclusion committees at UNCG will present the annual Hot Topics in Higher Ed Conference on March 9.

This conference is an opportunity for higher education professionals to network, share knowledge and resources, and get inspired. Organizers are looking for dynamic presentations that focus on current issues and challenges. Presenters will have 50 minutes to share a professional or personal development program that will encourage, enrich and inspire staff members in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and/or Enrollment Services.

Conference Focus

The Hot Topics Conference will provide a space for professionals to continue growing in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. The intent of this professional development opportunity is to encourage the evolution of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to establish learning environments that are enriched with diverse views and people. By engaging in this conference, organizers hope participants will invest in a culture of belonging, celebration and collaboration. The conference seeks to involve professionals in activities and discussions that productively contribute to accomplishing the goals of the division – engage, empower and enrich – and the objectives of the Year of Inclusion team: to be intentional with focusing on inclusion to break down barriers and strengthen interpersonal relationships to deepen understandings of self and community identities.

Conference Details

Friday, March 9, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lunch will be provided.

Conference will be held in the Elliott University Center (EUC)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Judy “JJ” Jackson is currently vice president for Institutional Diversity and Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout her career, she has created major programs sponsored by institutions, government organizations and corporate foundations that have had significant impact on diversity and retention of students and faculty, particularly in STEM areas. Prior to joining UK, she held high-level positions at several notable institutions. These include Dean of the College at Vassar College; Associate Vice President at NYU; Chief of Staff & Clerk of the Corporation at Babson College; successively, Associate Dean, Ombudsman and Special Advisor to the Provost at MIT; and Assistant Dean in Cornell University’s College of Engineering.

She earned her doctorate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, her master’s from Bucknell University and her bachelor’s degree from UNCG. Dr. Jackson’s academic and professional experience has been enriched by time spent in 22 countries, including summer study in France, a four-year residence in Hamburg, Germany, where her son and daughter were born, and oversight of Study Abroad programs. Her valuing of education as a common good and her passion for diversity are born out of a lifetime of experience with the power and promise of these concepts.


Conference registration is open from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14. Registration is $10 for all UNCG Division of Student Affairs employees. For all others, registration is $25; please be prepared to pay cash (exact amount) or make a check out to UNCG Student Affairs, at the door. Please contact Maggie Gillespie (magilles@uncg.edu) no later than Feb. 19, to cancel your registration for the 2018 Hot Topics conference. Cancellations made after Feb. 19 or registrants who do not attend the conference will be invoiced the registration fee to cover expenses.

Call for Programs

Please consider submitting a program proposal and adding your perspective, expertise and energy to the conference. Organizers are now accepting presentation proposals that are related to the priority topics identified below. Each workshop will be provided approximately 50 minutes in length. The link below takes you to the workshop proposal form.


  • Proposal deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 17
  • Notification: Friday, Jan. 26
  • Invitation accepted or declined by: Tuesday, Jan. 30

Priority Topics

  • Appreciative Advising
  • Campus Safety/Violence
  • Civility
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Dialogue across Difference
  • Free Speech and First Amendment
  • Student Activism
  • Contemporary Issues in SA (i.e., DACA, international education, Title IX, etc.)


As you formulate your presentation, please make sure to be inclusive of various learning styles and needs, i.e., using large fonts on presentation materials and enabling closed captioning for videos.

Link to Program Proposal Form


Contact Information

Eric Becker, etbecker@uncg.edu

Carla Fullwood, ccfullwo@uncg.edu

Maggie Gillespie, magilles@uncg.edu

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