Student Affairs Certificate Program


The next Student Affairs Certificate Program will be held June 5-9, 2017.

Who Should Attend?

  • Student affairs professionals who aspire to be a Chief Student Affairs Officer, Dean of Students, or AVP/VP of Student Affairs.
  • Student affairs professionals who aspire to be part of a student affairs senior or executive leadership team. 
  • University leaders interested in building collaborative partnerships with student affairs.


**Early Bird Registration** Register before April 15, 2017 to receive Early Bird rates: $525 per seminar or $1,050 for all three (receive 3 seminars for the price of two.)

Regular registration is $575 per seminar or $1,413 for all three seminars; receive half off one seminar for registering for all three! Registration includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon break, and parking validation.

Registration is open online! Deadline is May 17, 2017.


This year's seminars include: Managing ChangeResponding to Protest & Dissent, and Campus Health & Safety. For more information, click on the descriptions below.

June 5-6: Managing Change

Both unexpected and planned change are the new normal on our campuses. Diminishing resources, pressures to innovate, and cultures averse to change are just some of the challenges student affairs leaders have to handle today. Student affairs leaders must have the knowledge and skills to lead both small and large scale transformation. This interactive seminar will equip senior leaders with the strategies, tools, and confidence to undergo successful organizational change. Using organizational analysis, scenario planning, and group discussion, leaders will learn how to create a culture that embraces change. Participants will learn how to develop a learning organization to improve agility and performance. They will hear from both scholars and practitioners about how change can impact the student experience. Participants will also engage in activities that help prepare for both the intended and unintended impact of organizational change.

Program Objectives

By the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • utilize tools and strategies to lead their organization through small and large scale change.
  • understand how theories of organizational change can help leaders manage large scale change.
  • understand how building and developing a learning organization can create a more nimble organization.
  • identify communication strategies to use before, during, and after organizational change.
  • apply strategies to successfully manage organizational change.

Featured Speaker

Adam Meyer photo Adam Meyer
Huron Education

Mr. Meyer is an Associate in the Strategy and Operations group within the Higher Education Consulting Practice of Huron Consulting Group. He assists institutions with strategic planning, resource optimization, enrollment management, and process re-design. Prior to joining the Higher Education Consulting Group, he worked in the Life Sciences Advisory Services group at Huron. Mr. Meyer received his B.S. in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and American Government at Vanderbilt University, where he was the president of the Student Government Association. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 


Elizabeth Cox currently serves as the Director of Residential Education in Residence Life at Emory University and oversees residential education and assessment for the department.  Beyond residence life, Ms. Cox has experience in undergraduate admissions, student involvement, and community engagement. She is currently leading a project to reimagine residential education at Emory and is also a PhD student in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development at The University of Georgia.  Her research interests include organizational change, learning organization, and organizational performance.

Dr. Scott Rausch is the current Assistant Dean of Campus Life/Sr. Director of Residence Life at Emory University. Dr. Rausch is originally from Southern Indiana and arrived at Emory from Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his Ed.D in Leadership Policy and Organization from Vanderbilt University. His higher education passions include academic engagement, residential colleges, first year retention, and student staff recruitment, training, and development. Dr. Rausch has worked at a number of liberal arts colleges in both the US and Canada and truly enjoys working with staff and students in a residential setting. 

June 6-7: Responding to Protest & Dissent

While open expression and freedom of speech on campus are grounded in federal and state law and institutional policy, they can impact the day-to-day experiences of students on campus. While private institutions have latitude about the extent to which they adhere to federal regulations, public institutions are bound to federal First Amendment. Universities and colleges, especially in light of current climates on campuses, must address the need of their communities to balance intellectual and academic rigor, freedom of expression, and creating a safe and welcoming environment conducive to personal growth and exploration. Literature on higher education governance of expression points strongly to universities and colleges focusing on ways to create norms on campus through dialogue, discussion, and behavior modelling as opposed to regulations that censor speech. The goals of this seminar are to provide participants with a framework to build a comprehensive open expression policy supporting a community that practices integrity, inclusion, and inquiry while providing a framework to operationalize an Open Expression Observers Program and intentional dialog programming.

Program Objectives

By the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • describe why going beyond the law creates and supports community
  • describe the need for and how to create and support an open expression policy
  • describe the implications of a broad open expression policy for a campus environment
  • describe the development, implementation, and impact of an Open Expression Observers program

Featured Speakers

l.hong headshot Dr. Luoluo Hong
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Title IX Coordinator
San Francisco State University

The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Dr. Hong is a passionate educator, courageous leader and energetic student advocate. Prior to her Vice President role at San Francisco State, she served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University, Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Shepard College. Over the course of her career, she has garnered a wealth of experience in responding to protest and dissent. At each campus where she has worked, Dr. Hong has taught undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and been an affiliated faculty member in a variety of disciplines, including Kinesiology, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Psychology, and Criminal Justice & Criminology. She was also an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy. A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Dr. Hong holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

s.volokh headshot Dr. Sasha Volokh
Assistant Professor of Law
Emory University

Alexander "Sasha" Volokh is an assistant professor of law who joined the Emory Law faculty in fall 2009. Dr. Volokh earned his BS from UCLA and his JD and PhD in economics from Harvard University. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Samuel Alito. Before coming to Emory, he was a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting assistant professor at University of Houston Law Center. His interests include law and economics, administrative law and the regulatory process, antitrust, privatization, corrections, and legal history. Dr. Volokh is the Chair of the Emory University Senate Committee for Open Expression. 


Ed Lee is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency, which houses Emory University’s nationally acclaimed debate team, its outstanding civic and community service programs, cutting edge programs focused on student belonging and social justice and its historic student leadership and orientation activities.  Formerly Director of Debate in Emory’s Barkley Forum for Dialogue, Debate and Deliberation, he was the 2015 National Coach of the Year and three-time recipient of the James Unger Award given to the coach of the best debate team in the country. In 2012, Mr. Lee served on the committee that rewrote Emory University’s Respect for Open Expression Policy to affirm Emory’s unwavering commitment to open expression. From 2013-2015, he served as a Member of the University Senate Committee for Open Expression. Mr. Lee is a regular national media commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates and is routinely on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. A highly sought after workshop facilitator, his work focuses on the interplay between communication, culture and diversity and how those can be harnessed to improve the workplace and other communities. 

Dr. Michael D. Shutt is the Senior Director for Community at Emory University. He oversees the university’s Open Expression Observers program and Bias Incident Response Team. With over sixteen years of higher education experience, Dr. Shutt has served on both private and public campuses in roles involving health and wellness as well as diversity and inclusion. He uses these experiences to support students and campus administrators in navigating complex conversations at the intersection of bias and open expression. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and Doctor of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

June 8-9: Campus Health & Safety

What is the role of senior leadership in developing and deepening a culture of health in higher education? Are your campus values congruent with a healthy student body or do students feel that academic, social and career success can only come at the expense of personal wellness? Examine national trends in student health and wellness and explore tools for promoting health. Critique strengths and weaknesses of both asset-based and risk management approaches to health promotion. Learning activities will include pre-reading, case studies, environmental scans and tabletop exercises.

Safety also is an important component of a healthy campus.  This seminar will explore the many roles of student affairs in campus safety, including the use of technology, leveraging communications/media and achieving national certification as a National Safety Council "Safe Community." 

A significant communicable disease outbreak on your campus (e.g. Norovirus, Influenza, Measles, Meningitis, others) will stress your student affairs and campus health resources, as well as your institution's academic mission and reputation.  A well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary and scientifically-sound approach can slow an outbreak, re-assure your community and yes, save lives.  How should you plan and how should you respond?  This case-based seminar should help.

Program Objectives

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • describe an asset-based approach to student health promotion;
  • identify at least three tools for promoting health on campus including NASPA’s Leadership for a Healthy Campus; the ACHA-NCHA II; WHO’s Okanagan Charter (2015); Healthy Campus 2020; and the new ACHA Framework for a Comprehensive College Health Program;
  • demonstrate how to do an environmental scan;
  • list at least three environmental components to health on campus;
  • apply concepts from the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges to one’s home campus;
  • plan and evaluate coordinated approaches to communicable disease outbreaks on campus (e.g. influenza, measles, meningitis, norovirus);
  • discuss the role of student affairs in creating and maintaining a safer, thriving campus, including the use of new technologies.

Featured Speakers

l.hong headshot Dr. Luoluo Hong
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Title IX Coordinator
San Francisco State University

Loulou Hong began her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a health promotion professional and subsequently held senior administrative roles at Shepherd College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Arizona State University. She served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo before becoming the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at San Francisco State. Dr. Hong was also an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy. A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Dr. Hong has delivered over 2,400 presentations, keynoted over 50 conferences and meetings, and authored several book chapters. Formerly a consulting editor for the Journal of American College Health, she was recognized as a Fellow by the America College Health Association in 2006. She holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Research from LSU in Baton Rouge.

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Vladimir Oge
Director, Health Promotion
Georgia Institute of Technology


Vladimir Oge has over 12 years of experience in the field of health promotion, with a primary concentration in the areas of community health, health communication and social marketing.  Currently the Director of Health Promotion at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Oge also serves as chair of Georgia Tech’s Alcohol and other Drug Education and Prevention Coalition and co-chairs the Go T.E.C.H. (Tech Empowers Campus Health) Coalition, a wellness council.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Health Science Education and Masters of Public Health from the University of Florida. Mr. Oge is an active member of the American College Health Association where he has served as chair of the Health Promotion Member Development Committee, the Ethnic Diversity Coalition and the Cultural Competency for Health Promotion Work Group.

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Eric Smith
Director, Health Promotion and Wellness Services
Auburn University

Currently Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services at Auburn University, Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors of Arts in education and history from Salisbury University, a Master of Arts in higher education from Ball State University, and is currently working on completing his Ph.D. In education at Auburn. Prior to working at Auburn, he served in a variety of roles at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he became involved in health education, prevention, and cultivating a healthier campus environment.


Dr. Michael J. Huey is the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Student Health Services and Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University. As the campus leader charged with the public health of students at three universities over the past 25 years, Dr. Huey has provided guidance in past community responses to H1N1 Influenza, Norovirus, Tuberculosis, Meningococcal meningitis, and Q Fever, and is a member of the Emergency Operations Group of Emory’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPAR). Dr. Huey also was an Ebola Clinical Consultant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015-16 and served as a CDC infection prevention specialist in Sierra Leone in Summer 2015. He is the President-elect of the American College Health Association.

Heather Zesiger is the Senior Director of the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. Ms. Zesiger has received campus and national awards for her commitment to student well-being and health promotion in higher education. In 2009–2010, she served as the chair of the Health Promotion section of the American College Health Association (ACHA). Prior to coming to Emory, Ms. Zesiger was the health educator at The New School in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College and received her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, where she was a Woodruff Fellow. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at Georgia State University.