Block 2 Breakout Sessions

Moving From Awareness to Action: A Case Study on How College Students Can Impact Homelessness
Chloe Toohey, Waylon Hastings, and Allie Slavinsky | Texas A&M University

This program will function as a multifaceted and interactive presentation. Participants will be provided with an introduction to the issue: Poverty and homelessness amongst college students is a serious issue. On federal financial aid forms for the 2012-2013 school year 58,158 college applicants stated that they were homeless. This number was up 8% from the previous year, and yet in all actuality it is still underestimated.

Students who live in their cars, in shelters, or even in dormitories are homeless if they do not have permanent housing. Although the idea of individuals who attend prestigious institutions being homeless heavily clashes with stereotypes of what it means to be homeless or even the typical student who attends college, these individuals are present on campuses around the country. University administrators on all levels have a part in raising awareness of and providing support to this invisible population.

This program will provide participants with tangible ways to raise awareness as well as take part in philanthropic giving through time, talent, and treasure.

Chloe Toohey and Waylon Hastings are graduate students at Texas A&M University. Chloe is the Graduate Assitant for New Student and Family Programs. Waylon is the Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Service Center.

Allie Slavinsky is a Junior, Class of 2016 at Texas A&M University. She is a Kinesiology major with a focus on applied exercise physiology. Allie is originally from Sugar Land, TX. At Texas A&M Allie has served as a member of the Aggie Orientation Leader Program for two years and currently holds a leadership position as an Orientation Leader Mentor.


Finding Nemo: Living With Our Identities
Ashley Taylor and Ahmet Aksoy | University of Houston-Victoria

How do you identify yourself? What are you open about? What do you keep to yourself?" In this session, learn about the importance of identities both hidden and open. As a leader take this knowledge to better your leadership abilities both on campus and around the world. This interactive activity will challenge your beliefs while developing your understanding for others. Join us in finding your Nemo.

This program aims to educate individuals on understanding and respecting not only their own open/hidden identities but their fellow counterparts open/hidden identities. In order to do so students will participate in a interactive activity that will educate and help them with understanding. The Finding Nemo analogy will be used in order to relate the concept of open and hidden identities to the audience. For example, Nemo openly identifies with his unique physical appearance by having one small fin. While Nemo's open identity is his appearance, his hidden is his aspiration and dedication to being adventurous and independent. Along with the activity and explanation of the Finding Nemo analogy, information and discussion will be held to educate the audience on the importance of valuing and respecting differences and ways to use that knowledge in their leadership roles.

Ashley Taylor and Ahmet Aksoy are both on staff at the Univeristy of Houston-Victoria. Ashley is the Assistant Director of Residence Life. Ahmet is the Coordinator of Student Life and Services.


International Programming and Campus Activities: Incorporating Culture and Learning
Teresa Renn, Stephanie Martinez, Genesis Valdez, Faye Rosales, and Denisse Sanchez | Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) prides itself on being one of the top-performing truly international institutions in the nation. Co-curricular programming takes a unique spin at TAMIU as it offers many bilingual and multicultural programs to support its diverse students. This student-led session will showcase some of our many Campus Activities Board programs, including El Grito and Loteria; all which infuse culture with learning and entertainment. We will discuss the importance of partnerships and how the Campus Activities Board assists in developing the international "U"!

Teresa Renn currently serves as the Associate Director for Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas. Here, she works with students to reach their full potential. She is a Western New York native holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo. She is joined at this conference by exectuive members of the TAMIU Campus Activities Board: Stephanie Martinez (President), Genesis Valdez (Vice President), Faye Rosales (Historian), and Denisse Sanchez (Secretary).