2022 NASPA Strategies Conference Highlights

We recently exhibited at the 2022 NASPA Strategies conference in Boston, and heard from leaders in higher education as well as healthcare about a variety of comprehensive and integrative approaches to addressing alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, and sexual violence prevention.
The key speakers included an impressive panel of both higher education and health care professionals. Each provided a unique perspective on the issues confronting college students and how to address them.

  • Michael Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Albany
  • Shawnté Elbert, Associate Vice President of Health and Well-being, The Ohio State University
  • Kenneth Elmore, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Boston University
  • Katharine Manning, Author/President, Blackbird DC
  • Jennifer Mullan, Clinical Psychologist, CEO and Founder, Decolonizing Therapy, LLC
  • Cheryl Polacek-Birdhat, Health and Wellness Director, Little Big Horn College

These experts, along with other leaders shared current trends and emerging issues that challenge college campuses today. We were grateful for the opportunity to listen, learn, and gain insights to help inform our simulation-based higher education solutions.

Here is a summary of our key takeaways

  • There is a need to ensure programs, communication, and campus culture are not leaving some students behind. There are mindful ways to approach prevention and wellness that promote greater equity.
  • We were able to learn the student perspective from the many student leaders that attended and presented during the sessions.

We continue to be inspired by the educators and healthcare professionals we met who are making a difference in their communities.

Learn more about the event, speakers, and sessions on NASPA’s website.

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