Rocky Mountain Peer Leadership

Conference Schedule


This agenda is current as of February 24, 2017. Our conference app with full session descriptions and speakers will be posted at the beginning of March.

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Registration (Outside Room 2500)

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m - Set up for Poster Session (Room 2500)

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Networking Breakfast (Outside Room 2600)

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Opening and Keynote Address by Jan Gascoigne (Room 2600)

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  - All-Conference Team-Building Workshop (Room 2600)

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.  - Break (Outside Room 2600)

10:15 a.m. -11:00 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions 1(Please see below for titles, descriptions and location)

11:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. -  Concurrent Sessions 2 (Please see below for titles, descriptions and location)

11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Buffet (Outside Room 2500) & Lunch Seating (Room 2500)

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Keynote Address by Colorado Senator Dominick Moreno (Room 2500)

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  - Poster Session (Room 2500)

1:15 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. - Break (Outside Room 2600)

1:25 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 3 (Please see below for titles, descriptions and location)

2:10 p.m.  - 2:25 p.m.  - Break and Snacks (Outside Room 2600)

2:25 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 4(Please see below for titles, descriptions and location)

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -  Concluding Session (Room 2600)

4:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.  - Optional Working Session(Room 2600)


Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions 1

Infusing Emotional Intelligence into Peer Leader Programs| Room #1600  

Carrie Arnold, Gateway Program Seminar, JTA Peer Leader Program Director, Honors Program University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Emotional intelligence is a skill that leaders need to possess, especially our peer leaders. In this session, students and university professionals will learn how emotional intelligence impacts peer leadership and mentoring skills. Conference participants will understand what emotional intelligence is, how it works, and learn ways to use it within their leadership and mentoring programs. The workshop will include an overview of the EQ-i 2.0 Higher Education assessment and how we use it in our program and how students and professionals can adopt its use in their programs.


A Lesson Learned: Using Your Mistakes to Mentor Others|  Room #2600 (Cancelled)

Micheal Clinton, Graduate Assistant, First Scholars Program at the University of Memphis, The University of Memphis

A popular myth about being a peer mentor is that you need a perfect track record to be considered for the position, or that you shouldn't share your past mistakes with those that you are mentoring. While building our relationships, we should share our mistakes and how we moved past them in order to teach others. This workshop will discuss turning a negative experience into a positive teachable moment. In addition, attendees will learn which boundaries to set when sharing personal stories and opinions and when to keep these experiences private.


Applying College Student Development Theory to Peer Leadership| Room #1500

Sam Moreno, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Operations, University of Colorado Denver

Student development theory falls under educational psychology theory that explains how students gain knowledge and make their way through post-secondary environments. This session will provide an introduction to psychosocial, cognitive, moral, and social identity development theories used to explain college student development.  This session will delve into the most well known theories and discuss how these apply to your positions as peer mentors.


Transfer Student Seminar|  Room #1401

Haley Pasquariello, Peer Advocate Leader Program, University of Colorado Denver

This session proposes a new class that focuses on transferring to CU Denver and what resources Transfer Students need to be successful at this institution. Attendees will learn about how transfer students are an under-served student population and how they would benefit from taking a seminar to better equip them for the duration of their degree. Attendees will engage in learning and preparing for providing transfer students with the information they need to be successful.


Concurrent Sessions 2


Livin' the Dream|  Room #1401

Noelle Oberg, Leadership Consultant
During this hands on, interactive session, you will identify and share with others how your education and co-curricular experiences portfolio has enabled you to be competitive in the workplace. Building on these skills, we will help raise awareness of common interpersonal communication strategies and possible pitfalls to consider as you advance in your career. Finally, you will create your unique career map and work with others to identify several action steps to help reach your future goals.


Room #1600 |  Authenticity: Relationship as the Foundation of Mentoring

Megan Frewaldt, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, University of Colorado Denver

Relationships are the foundation of mentoring. In this workshop, we will explore perspectives of the mentoring relationship through the lens of positive psychology including emotional intelligence and authentic leadership. Through presentation and experiential activities, participants will gain knowledge of theories and practical applications of these topics that will enhance their capacity for being a mentor.


Room #1500 | Pedagogy, Presenters, and Prejudice, Oh My! Executing A Social Justice-Based Curriculum

Chelsea Honea, Peer Advocate Leader Program Graduate Assistant, Social Justice League Coordinator, Hithu Kodicherla, Peer Advocate Leader Program Mentor and Hue Phung, Peer Advocate Leader Program Mentor, University of Colorado Denver


Social Justice League (SJL) is the brain-child of Chelsea Honea, a Counseling Master's student who was fed up with fragmented attempts to create a sustainable social justice education platform. The aim of the workshop-based series is to increase knowledge of what social justice is, explore issues that are intricately intertwined within the field, and create more thoughtful, critical-thinking based advocates and allies. In this interactive session, we will discuss this model and explore how this model can be applied to other groups who are seeking out pedagogical and applied techniques as related to social justice education.


Concurrent Sessions 3


Room #1500 | College Students and the Vote

Steven Adelson, Residence Hall Director, Stony Brook University

For the first time in the recent history of the United States, college-aged people (18-29) comprised a larger portion of the electorate than seniors (65+). However, college students continue to vote at the lowest rate of all eligible voters. Why is that? And what can colleges and universities do to change a trend that has prevailed for over 50 years? This is an opportunity for student leaders at colleges and universities to become active participants in, and supporters of one of our nation's most fundamental rights.


Leveraging Leadership Experience In Interviews|  Room #1600

Nick Shaklee, Career Counselor, CU Denver Career Center, University of Colorado Denver

Great, you have leadership experience!  How do you communicate the value of these experiences in an interview?  In this workshop, attendees will explore their experiences as leaders, the skills they developed through these leadership experiences, and how to deliver the value these experiences have to employers in a formal interview setting.


Engaging Diverse Mentors in Challenging Fiscal Times| #2600 (Cancelled)

Tamika Dowdy, Student Transition Advisor and Leonidas Medal, Student Success Coordinator, The AHAINA - Seawolf Success Mentor Program, Multicultural Center, University of Alaska Anchorage

This workshop introduces strategies on communicating with mentees using multiple tools to connect students with resources, provide information, and gather important feedback during the most critical touch points in their education. This approach supports a culture of evidence-based practice that improves effective communication between mentor and mentees. Participants will also engage in a hands-on experience using one of the tools introduced during the workshop. Using a variety of communication tools, participants will learn how to:

·         Guide conversations with their mentees using technology

·         Effectively manage their time and resources

·         Effectively track and evaluate their work and outcomes


Implicit Bias: Checking Your Pre-Conceptions at the Door|  Room Room #1401

Lynda Duran, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Learn about how implicit bias manifests in our daily work, and how to design student leadership programming in an inclusive way that addresses potential bias.  Also learn about how implicit bias can influence the outcome of hiring and inclusion among peers.


Concurrent Sessions 4

Wellness and Balance: Being a Peer Worker and a Student|  Room #1500

Manuela Mejia and Stephanie Quon, Lead Peer Advisors, College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Being a Peer worker and student can be hard to manage, it’s why this workshop will focus on teaching and sharing the experiences that the Peer Advising Team at CU Boulder has had in the past years. The workshop will start with a short Q&A where participants will talk about how they balance work and class. We’ll present about the Wellness Chart that exemplifies the different aspects of college students’ wellness and examples of balance techniques. Finally, we’ll discuss strategies that our supervisor and Peer Team have developed to ensure that we’re successful students and employees.

Resume Building: Transforming Leadership Experience from a Bullet Point to an Interview    Room #1401

Kaitlyn Murray, CFAES Peer Mentor Program, Ohio State University

Leadership experience is often a formative part of the undergraduate experience, yet it is frequently relegated to a bullet point list at the end of a student’s resume. In this interactive session students will use current job postings to create career development plans and write tailored resume materials. As a result of this session, attendees will be able to communicate the benefits of peer leader roles in their resume, write impactful bullet points that illustrate the breadth of their accomplishments, and strategically pursue opportunities that will strengthen their career development.

Empowering the Whole Student: Where to Start?  |  Room #1600

Xajés Martinez, Assistant Director, LGBTQ Student Resource Center at Auraria

 We each hold multiple social identities. Sometimes it’s hard to navigate how we are being perceived and when. At times we are also challenged to restore harm done to others based on one or multiple identities. In this session, engage with participants in a self-reflective space on how we name, value, and empower one another holistically and how to do the same for our community.