April 4-5th, 2022

The Way of the JEDI: 

Intentionality in Assessment in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Schedule at a Glance

Full Conference Program

Cost: $30 (includes conference and 2022-23 annual membership)

Registration is now closed. 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik  - Monday 4/4 @ 10am

Reimagining Student Assessments for Entry into Higher Education: Exploring the Use of Intrapersonal Competency Pre-Assessments and First-Person Narrative to Identify Wealth and Opportunities for Student Success Equity

Historically, standardized entrance tests have shown modest to low levels of predictive validity. For example, tests like the SAT have tended to under-predict the performance of females, simultaneously revealing persistent performance gaps between ethnic majority and minority groups. In 2020, the University of California system— one of the largest users of the SAT—abandoned the test after a formal internal review, amidst controversy, lawsuits and protests by minority advocacy groups. 

If standardized entrance tests are abandoned by all institutions of higher education, what could replace these tools as the student admissions point in higher education? What evidence-based criteria could be applied for assessments designed or selected for student entrance purposes?

This presentation will provide some ideas (that are currently being piloted) of how intrapersonal competency pre- and post-assessments as well as first person narrative may inform decisions about admission, as well as informing first year experience in-and out-of-class design.  Such a practice is intended to ensure student success by providing institutions with a new source of data that may close equity gaps that begin the moment a student is admitted.

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. serves as chair and professor of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at the University of Texas Arlington.  Prior to that, she served as professor of postsecondary educational leadership at San Diego State University, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and in a variety of student affairs, academic affairs, and alumni relations leadership roles at various types of institutions.  Bresciani Ludvik also served as a Faculty Fellow within the  Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accreditation as well as the Office of Analytic Studies and Institutional Research at San Diego State where she assisted in connecting student learning and development outcomes to equity performance indicators in a manner that can inform improvements in-class, out-of-class, and program design and delivery.

Marilee has written 13 books, published over 200 scholarly articles, and empowered over 200 institutions and their leaders on organizational learning assessment and accountability decision-making processes.  In addition, Marilee assists organizational leaders identify and leverage opportunities to collaborate across division lines, using mindfulness-based inquiry practices, nonviolent communication, difficult conversation practices, paradigm busting processes, compassion practices, restorative justice, and design thinking.

Marilee is a certified meditation and yoga instructor, certified Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute teacher (the program developed at Google), and a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher on the certification path. Marilee is also a certified transformational life coach who uses the evocative method.

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik co-directs the Intrapersonal Competency Cultivation Research Team that seeks to leverage student’s first-person experience to close equity gaps through the cultivation of malleable skills known to significantly predict student success.  Marilees research specifically focuses on applying social and emotional neuroscience and mindful compassion inquiry practices to inform the design and evaluation of workshops, curriculum, and coaching to decrease students’, faculty, and administratorsstress and anxiety while also increasing their attention and emotion regulation, cognitive flexibility, and enhancing compassion towards self and other.

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik’s work has been honored with awards such as the ACPA-College Student Educators International's Contribution to Knowledge Award in 2022, the International Association for Student Personnel Pillar of the Profession Award in 2012, the International Association for Student Personnel George Kuh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature/Research in Higher Education in 2013, the American College Personnel Administrators Diamond Honoree in 2016, the UNESCO/MGIEP Senior Research Fellow in 2017, and the International Association for Student Personnel Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member in 2019. She has also recently been inducted into the University of Texas Arlington National Academy of Inventors.

Marilee is thrilled that she gets to empower educators, staff, administrators, and student leaders into emotional awareness so they can positively transform their lives and the lives of those they serve! 

Michael N. Christakis

Dr. Michael N. Christakis - Tuesday 4/5 @ 2:10pm

Leveraging Data in Every Corner of the Universe: Accessible, Informed, Data-driven Decision-making

There is no shortage of data! In fact, in some cases we have so much data available that we may not be sure what to do with it all – “analysis paralysis.” Whether it’s student recruitment and retention, or student engagement, health and wellbeing – there is data to support decision-making. Especially as we build campus environments that champion justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), identifying data that help inform decisions and support our students is more important than ever before. 

Michael N. Christakis is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University at Albany, SUNY. He leads a team responsible for a broad range of services and programs related to undergraduate student recruitment, enrollment and support; campus programming and planning; assisting in creating a campus culture that promotes the academic achievement and personal development of all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional); supporting crisis response and institutional initiatives; advocating on behalf of students; and fostering collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for Public and Land Grant University’s (APLU) Council on Student Affairs. Previously, Christakis served as Regional Director for NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region II, while concurrently serving on NASPA’s Board of Directors. He is the immediate past national president of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and past national co-chair of NASPA’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community. More about Dr. Christakis

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