Student Affairs Educator's Forum (SAEF)

“Cultivating Every-day and Emerging Leaders”

The Student Affairs Educator’s Forum (SAEF) is open to all members of the Division of Student Affairs who seek to advance their effectiveness as co-curricular educators. SAEF will:

  • Empower co-curricular educators to make the greatest possible contributions to the division’s strategic priorities.
  • Serve as a “think tank” for key strategic issues brought forward by the vice provost and divisional leadership, and provide feedback and insight for ongoing development and implementation of the division’s strategic plan.
  • Deliver the division-wide learning agenda in alignment with the strategic plan priorities.
  • Create connection and community across the division, and foster cross-pollination of ideas and shared purpose.

2016–17 SAEF Meetings and Professional Development Opportunities

Summer 2016

  • July 15, 2016, all-day retreat | Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn Event Center, Lebanon
  • Dr. David Surratt, associate dean of students at UC Berkeley, will deepen our understanding of student activism through the lenses of social justice and student development. Events on campuses nationally and at OSU clearly point to a new era of student activism linked to broader societal dynamics around identity and social class.

Fall 2016

  • Oct. 6, 2016, 8–10:30 a.m. | MU Ballroom
  • This division-wide meeting will provide employees an opportunity to learn more deeply about the strategic goals. The annual kick-off meeting for the academic year will include an overview of this year's new class by Vice Provost Susie Brubaker-Cole, which will be followed by a summary of goal four and break-out sessions on goals one through three. Each session will end with an analysis of areas of professional development tied to goal five.

  • Oct. 20, 2016, 8:30–10 a.m. | MU Horizon Room
  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a leading scholar who’s raising the conversation of higher education affordability, will share information on her research and work about college affordability at this SAEF session.

  • Dec. 13, 2016, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. | MU Horizon Room
  • What is transformative learning? During this session, student affairs staff will learn about research on transformative learning and how this ties to the five Domains of Learning and Service identified in the division's strategic plan. We will also learn more about what our students are saying about the experiences that transform them. Participants will integrate elements of transformative learning into programming that might already exist by engaging in working sessions. If you plan on attending, please bring a program (either existing or a design idea) you would like to work on.

Winter 2017

  • Feb. 21, 2017, 8:30–10:30 a.m. | MU Horizon Room
  • Dr. Vijay Pendakur, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University, is the editor of the recently published “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success.” He will be presenting to the Oregon State campus on identity-centered, asset-based approaches to supporting the success of underrepresented students. This event is part of the Inclusive Excellence Dialogues series and is open to the university community. | Posters and Graphics (log in via ONID to access these materials)

  • Feb. 21, 2017, 2–4 p.m. | MU Horizon Room
  • In conjunction with Black History Month, Lawrence Ross will present "Blackballed: Know Better, Do Better" at this Student Affairs Educator's Forum. Ross has authored six books and lectured at more than 600 colleges and universities on campus racism and created a call to action for radical policy changes and standards to foster a better legacy for all students. In his most recent book, "The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses," he exposes the history of racism in the fraternity and sorority system and explores how anti-affirmative action policies effectively segregate predominately white universities.

  • March 21, 2017, 8:30–10:30 a.m. | MU Ballroom
  • At this all-division meeting, University Ombuds Sue Theiss will present on intercultural communication and generational differences in communication. Student affairs employees will learn how to more effectively communicate with others whose culture and background may differ from their own.

For disability accommodations to these division events, contact student.affairs@oregonstate.edu.

2015–16 Meetings