College Student Development Workshop Series

Creating Space to Intentionally Develop Students in Colleges and Universities

Today’s colleges and universities are faced with the challenge of educating an ever changing student population.  At no other time in history have institutions of higher education taught and developed students so varied in their life experiences, social location, place, identity and aspirations for the future.  Increasingly, the need to provide institutionally customized student development and social identity training for practitioners, educators, and researchers has never been so great.

College Student Development Workshop Series: 

Creating Space to Intentionally Develop Students in College is designed to provide UNC Graduate students an opportunity to increase their awareness of their own and undergraduate students’ social identities. By way of an introduction and subsequent deeper guided exploration of student development theories, this four workshop series includes:  Overview of Student Development; Ethnic and Latina/o Student Development; Social Identity; and Multiple Identity and Intersectionality Theories.  This workshop series is conducted using transformational learning theory to provide participants an active learning environment.  Upon completion of the series, participants will have a better understanding of student development theory as a canon of literature, and will be more prepared to understand student identity intersectionality and its influence on student success. As a result, participants will be better equipped with strategies to develop individual students holistically through their experiences at UNC.
For additional information regarding each workshop, please see below.



Sarah J. Wyscaver for more information for registration.


Session Descriptions and Dates:

I. Student Development Theory Overview

Thursday March 25, 2010 11:00-12:15 Location: New South Room 175
The need for educators and practitioners to fully understand ways to develop the whole student is of paramount importance for student success.  In this student development theory overview workshop, participants are exposed to the ways student development theories are used in higher education to explore foundational theories such as psychosocial and cognitive development, gain a deeper understanding of integrative development theories and their applications, as well as explore social identity theories. Upon leaving this workshop, participants will understand better the resources available to them in their practice as educators.
II. Social Identity as College Student Development

Thursday April 1, 2010 11:00-12:15 Location: New South Room 175
Recognition of social identity theory can create dissonance for students as they question and construct their own identities.  This workshop on social identity assists participants in the deconstruction of privileged and oppressive social norms in order to promote successfully student growth.  Participants in this workshop will learn how to be cognizant of their supporting role with traditionally underprivileged students and effectively guide these students to challenge power inequities on campus and in the community.
III. Students from Underrepresented Ethnic/Racial Populations

Tuesday April 15, 2010 11:00-12:15 Location: New South Room 175
 Acknowledgement of underrepresented identities by educators and practitioners is important for ethnically underrepresented student development. By recognizing diverse identities, educators and practitioners can support student development by creating more inclusive learning environments in and out of the classroom. In this identity workshop, participants learn to understand the different contextual needs for students from non-dominant ethnic identity groups through the exploration of diverse theories and practical strategies. This workshop helps Graduate Assistants promote engaged classroom and workspace communication with students from underrepresented ethnic populations. Gaining access to culturally responsive student development approaches, participants will better meet the individual needs of all students.
IV. Exploring Self and Student Multiple Identity through Student Development Theory

Thursday April 22, 2010 11:00-12:15 Location: New South Room 175
Multiple identity intersectionality explores the confluence of identities including gender, age, ethnicity and race, social class, ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation at the individual, group, systemic, and institutional levels.  Grounded in a critical paradigm, this workshop explores social power structures associated with multiple identities empowering participants to approach student development in a supportive and culturally sensitive manner.  By first providing participants an opportunity to understand more deeply their own multiple identities and how they intersect, this workshop creates a context for educators and practitioners to relate to the struggles of college students. Participants will be able to see more clearly the impact of multiple identity intersections have on student growth and development.