WAICU 2019 RA Conference



Grow and Glow bannerAlverno College and its Residence Life team is excited to host the 2019 RA Conference!  We hope you join us for a day filled with opportunities to engage, network, and learn from a variety of school representatives.

This year’s theme is “Grow and Glow”, and we hope you take the opportunity to grow and glow through sessions and conference activities. We especially encourage both professional and student staff to consider sharing your experience and knowledge by submitting a conference program proposal. In order to submit a proposal follow this link.  

Why a cactus? We believe cacti are a great metaphor for residential communities and the staff and students who are a part of it. More specifically, we think residence life staff of all levels, have a lot of in common with a cactus.  For example they are often resilient, adaptive, patient, come in many varieties, take advantage of opportunity and while they may be prickly at times, they bloom unexpectedly.

Conference Registration Information

  • Register here
  • Cost: $25 per attendee.
  • WAICU will invoice each college or university for the total number of attendees. 
  • Morning coffee, buffet lunch, and light snack are included in the registration cost. 
  • Cancellations up to the November 1 deadline will not be charged the registration fee. Cancellations after November 1 will incur the $25 registration fee.

Conference Details

When: Saturday, November 9th, 2019

For detailed information, click here to access the WAICU RA Conference Packet

*The following is a tentative schedule, changes will be shared in a timely manner.

9:00am – Registration

9:30am – Welcome and Housekeeping

9:45am – Opening Comments by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Wendy Powers

10:00am – Introduction Activity

11:05am – Session 1 (Click here session 1 descriptions)

  • FO 460 – The C-Word: The word we all avoid
  • FO 462 – Crack the Stigma on Mental Health
  • FO 401 – Play-Doh
  • FO 403 – Spruce to Oak: Working with Different groups of Students
  • RC 112 – HD Track: Joy in my Heart

11:50am – Lunch

12:45pm – Session 2 (Click here session 2 descriptions)

  • FO 460 – BB’s, DD’s, and making them into Themes
  • FO 462 – The New Kid to the Country
  • FO 401 – Blossoming into a Leader
  • FO 403 – Authenticity and Avoiding Comparison: A professional and personal Journey
  • FO 419 – Roommate Drama: Developing Mediation Skills to Proactively Resolve Conflict
  • RC 112 – HD Track: Transitioning Out: Tips on moving to a different functional area

1:35pm – Session 3 (Click here for session 3 descriptions)

  • FO 460 – Crucial Conversations: An Honest Talk about Diversity and Inclusion
  • FO 462 – Don’t Worry; Be Happy
  • FO 401 – Popcorn! Setting a Culture of Inclusion and Acceptance through Spontaneous Programming
  • FO 403 – Fostering a Community focused on Academic Excellence
  • RC 112 – HD Track: Creating Professional Development Plans for your Student Leaders

2:20pm – Break Time and Swap Shop

3:05pm – Session 4 (Click here for session 4 descriptions)

  • FO 460 – The Disabilities We Can’t See
  • FO 462 – Killing me Softly- A game about Microagressions
  • FO 401 – Financial Success as an RA
  • FO 403 – Live Bold and Bloom!
  • FO 419 – Building Bridges and Interactions with Athletes
  • RC 112 – HD Track: Drama: Developing Mediation Skills to Proactively Resolve Conflict

4:00pm – Closing Session and Awards


Navigating Campus

  • School Address- 3400 S 43rd St Milwaukee, WI 53219
  • Parking- The closest parking to event spaces is the Parking Structure (A on map)
  • Check-in will take place in the Sister Joel Reed Center (RC) (# 3 on map)

Alverno College Campus Map

For general questions contact:

Ann Romei, Director of Residence Life 
Email: Ann.Romei@alverno.edu

Office phone:414-382-6372