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Category Archives: Soundings

Theory Review Part I: Challenge & Support

By Olivia Stankey With the conference season upon us, it is once again time to gather together and learn best practices and current research from each other.  It is a time of great learning, networking, and conversation.  But sometimes, those conversations can be stressful when a colleague brings up a student development theory that you […]

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10 Things to Bring When Attending a Conference

By Olivia Stankey Getting ready to attend a conference, but do not know what to bring on the professional side?  Below is a list of 10 items that will help you network, learn, and rock your conference with ease. Business Cards: Meet someone at the conference who has a shared interest? How about a great […]

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It’s Time to Engage in Dialogue

By Pamela Altmaier It was my first year as a Resident Director at Oregon State University. I had the best student staff members, residents that were engaged (like 100 residents attended Friday night Bingo level of engaged), and a living-learning community that fostered dialogue around power and privilege. To this day, that community is one […]

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An Overview of the 3 Main Moral Development Theories

By Olivia Stankey Ever worked with a student who made a decision against their better judgement? Ever had to work with a student leader who put themselves in a moral dilemma? Ever been in a moral or ethical dilemma yourself? There are three main Moral Development theories within the realm of student affairs: Kohlberg’s Theory […]

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A Collection of Diversity Practices

One of the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to highlight the work that is already being done within our region. Please continue to send highlights to diversity@nwacuho.org and our committee will continue to share those! Diversity work is on-going as we strive to make our residence halls home to students from all […]

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It’s O.K., It’s Alaska!

By L. Byrd I committed several weeks ago to a member of the Board, that I would submit an article for the blog. Naturally, those weeks flew past as I considered some topics: Education in a Changing Political Climate (I am not emotionally prepared for that at this time); How to “Unplug” and Still Meet […]

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Trauma Informed Care in Everyday Supervision

By Julia Vizcaino Resident Advisors are our first line of defense in almost every residential situation. During rounds RAs regularly encounter dangerous drinking behaviors, mental health concerns, suicidal ideation, sexual assaults, and a smorgasbord of other concerns. As a field, we emphasize the procedural response we want our students to follow in these scenarios, giving […]

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Drops of Change on Burning Fires

By Simone C. Staley I was deeply impacted by the thick smoke that filled the air of our Northwest Region this summer. The British Columbia, Oregon and Eastern Washington fires turned our skies dark, clouded our sight, obscured our view of the mountains and turned the sun a haunting red. As the Northwest we collectively […]

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Weathering Change

By Kate Gannon-Cullinan I began thinking “I need to write a blog post, but have no content for our membership to enjoy.” In searching for a topic, I kept coming back to the idea of change and how I’ve coped and developed my career through it. For some of us, we’re in our 5th week […]

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Master Plan Decision Making

By Mike Porritt, Ed.D. “I think we need a Master Plan – Now what? “:  Suggestions from a Consultant’s Perspective who has Been in Your Shoes Deciding whether or not to pursue a master plan is among the most significant and impactful decisions a housing operation can make.  If done well, this will lead your […]

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