7 Reasons We Can’t Wait for #CUPAHR15

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Posted on 21 September 2015 |

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Orlando or Bust!

Can you believe it’s that time again?

We are really looking forward to this month’s College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Annual Conference and Expo for so many reasons. Take a look at ours. You can tell us what we missed in the comments below or when you see us in Orlando.

#1. CUPA-HR Is on a Higher Ed Mission

“CUPA-HR is Higher Ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence.”

As you already know, theirs is one of, if not, the premier conference for people who work to make today’s college and university campuses safe environments conducive to higher learning. Through their thought leadership on higher education workplace issues, CUPA-HR has long been at the forefront on issues like Campus SaVE Act compliance and training, Clery Act and VAWA compliance training.

#2. Our Session on VAWA & Clery Act Compliance & Training

This year, we are excited and honored that our panel submission was chosen to be included during the concurrent sessions.  Read on to find out more about our Campus Answers-sponsored panel at CUPA-HR.

Campus Security & Student Safety Is Not Just a Checklist Item

We’re calling our panel session, “Beyond a “Check the VAWA Box” Mentality: Making Real Cultural Change.” Be sure not to miss it--it will be held in the Orange room at 11:00AM on September 29.

We are pleased to bring together several experts in HR, the Violence Against Women Act and the Clery Act to explore first-hand strategies that holistically address issues of sexual violence on campus.

Allow Us to Introduce Our Esteemed Higher Ed HR Panelists

We are proud to have been able to bring together this expert group to share their experience and help our session participants navigate the deeper and sustaining work of VAWA and Clery Act Compliance.

Ricardo Coronado, PhDAssociate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Tarrant County College 

For over a decade, Dr. Coronado has led the HR team at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, overseeing HR functions for a faculty and staff of almost 5,000, serving over 50,000 students.

Laura EganDirector of Training and Technical Assistance, The Clery Center for Security on Campus

In her role at The Clery Center, Laura conducts Clery Act Training Seminars both on college and institution campuses and online through the Center’s webinar series.  

Lisa McBride, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Based on her remarkable career working for diversity, Dr. McBride was appointed in 2013 as the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s first Chief Diversity Officer.

Sondra Solovay, Esq., Former professor at New College School of Law and San Francisco Law School, Attorney and E-Learning Director, Campus Answers by Workplace Answers

Dr. Solovay is the Director of Product Development, leading a team of researchers, writers, attorneys, and designers, and working closely with clients and Sales Executives to develop new products that satisfy needs and mitigate risks.  

Make Real Cultural Change on Your Campus

Through the course of this hour-long moderated discussion, you will:

  • Learn how to unite primary prevention programs with ongoing awareness campaigns to create real cultural change.

  • Gain insight into outside-the-box thinking on how to leverage and coordinate multiple compliance efforts (from VAWA to discrimination prevention and Title IX) in order to surround learners with consistent messaging.

  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panel.

#3. Learn from Your Peers in VAWA and Clery Act Compliance.

This much-awaited annual conference is a chance for members to connect with new colleagues from across the country and reconnect with familiar faces from previous conference experiences. We all know how valuable it is to check in with someone who does what you do and does it somewhere else. You’re able to give each other the gift of a fresh look.

This change of scenery and perspective can be a teachable moment for all of us as we discuss, question, and consider new findings and best practices from across our user community. Learning from far-flung colleagues who are faced with, and resolving, the same problems and issues we are – that’s getting to learn it the easy way, for once. Not the hard way.

Even if you’re not your university or college’s compliance officer or involved in risk management, there’s plenty of learning and sharing for you. See, for instance, reasons #4 and #5.

#4. Dr. Johnnetta Cole

What an honor to be able to attend the keynote of Dr. Cole! She is a living legend.

Approaching her eightieth year in a life of service and scholarship, she is currently serving as the Director of the National Museum of African Art and was the first female president of Spelman College. Dr. Cole was a pioneer in African-American studies and black women’s studies. Her groundbreaking discourse on inequality in all its forms led to her advocacy for diversity in the workforce and the student body, not just as a moral and social value, but as a business case.

#5. Daniel Pink

Even if you’re a Dan Pink aficionado and follow him on Twitter, like some of us around the office, here’s something you may not already know about this brilliant best-selling business writer of ground-breaking books like A Whole New Mind and To Sell Is Human – he was Al Gore’s official speechwriter during his vice-presidency from 1995-1997.

His keynote is sure to entertain, inspire, and educate, just like his books.

#6. Expo!

After all, who doesn’t love a good expo?

Wandering the expo floor, cruising the booths, grazing on candy and restocking your supply of branded goodies, you’ll be meeting old friends and making new ones.

It’s this informal networking and “schmoozing” that lets you gain and begin to assimilate critical knowledge and insight from fellow conference goers, from conference presenters, and from the booth reps on the latest best practices around our pressing higher ed HR issues.

You can catch up with us at Booth #304. We’d love to visit with you.

#7. There’s so much magic in Orlando.

If you’re able to bring your kiddos and significant other along, all the better to make the most of this business trip.

Whether you’re staying where #CUPAHR15 is held, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, or at a nearby hotel, you’ll be right at the doorstep of “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Walt Disney World’s® Magic Kingdom Park®. The Hilton offers free shuttle service to all of the Disney Theme Parks and when you present your conference badge, you’ll get a special rate. See the CUPAHR15 site for more about what to do while you’re in Orlando this September.

It just so happens that you’ll be in town during Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. Select gourmet restaurants will be offering a price-fixed menu, or prix fixe, featuring their best appetizers, entrees, and desserts “sure to leave you spellbound.” All for only $33. Click on over to their website and scroll down to the Disney/Lake Buena Vista area for fancy meal options for you and your colleagues to relax after a day of networking and note-taking.

So, While You’re Packing...

Why don’t you tweet us with what you’re looking forward to this year?

You can reach us at @Campus_Answers. We just might bring a few extra goodies to give to a couple, three tweets, chosen at random, so start sending them our way! We’ll have them and other good stuff at our booth in the expo, #304.

Be sure to use the #CUPAHR15 hashtag in your tweets to us.

That way other conference-watchers and attendees can get in on the anticipation!

With a destination like this for the premier annual conference of higher education HR pros, we’re all sure to return home relaxed and ready to take on the challenges of today’s campus administration.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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