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Staff Development Events

The Staff Development Committee is excited to offer staff events and programs that give colleagues in the Division of Student Life the opportunity to connect, build community, and expand their ability to serve the University of Washington.

Upcoming Events

Student Life Half-Day Conference

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1-4:00 p.m., Alder Commons

This year’s Half-Day Conference will feature sessions covering a variety of topics ranging from maximizing the student employee experience to working with student veterans to optimizing your communication style. You will learn skills and techniques that you can apply immediately to your daily work – and your life outside of the office. The Student Life Staff Development committee is excited to offer a conference that we believe has something for everyone in the division. 

Our keynote presenter is Matthew Ferguson, Senior Client Lead for Amazon’s University Programs team. Prior to Seattle, he spent 11 years as a higher education administrator and faculty member at Rutgers University, most recently as the Director for New Student Orientation & Family Programs as well as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the School of Communication & Information.  A self-proclaimed coffee snob, he loves live theatre, storytelling, hiking, movies and breaking Guinness World Records. His keynote will connect the relevance of the work of student affairs/student life staff with helping to foster and develop the next generation of great storytellers.

Please take a moment to confirm your attendance at: catalyst link – in 30 seconds or less!

Student Life Informal New Employee Orientation

Thursday, October 13th, 12-1:30 p.m., Alder 106

The Student Life Staff Development committee is hosting an informal new employee orientation for those new to the Division of Student Life.  We will provide an overview of the division and attendees will have the opportunity to meet some others in the division.  This is over the lunch hour, so please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Student Life Staff Happy Hour

Thursday, October 13th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Flowers

Join colleagues in the division for a casual, no host, happy hour.  We’ll be at Flowers Bar and Restaurant (4247 University Way NE).

Information Sessions – Resources for Managers of Student Employees

The following workshops will provide an introduction and overview resources for managers developed by the Task Force on Student Employment.  There is no need to RSVP.  You can attend in person or using Zoom online.

  • Friday, October 14 @ 1:00 p.m. in Odegaard 320 or online at
  • Wednesday, October 19 @ 10:00 a.m. in Odegaard 320 or online online at
  • If you are joining online you will need to download the Zoom app prior to the meeting. It only takes a few short minutes.

Winter Celebration

Wednesday, December 14th, 3:30-5:00 p.m., HUB Lyceum

Our annual Division of Student Life Winter Celebration will be Candyland themed this year!  Join colleagues to celebrate the end of wonderful Autumn Quarter and get ready to relax a little before the start of Winter Quarter.  We will have snacks, activities, and raffles!

Half-Day Conference

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Maple/Alder Halls

We are bringing back the Student Life Half-day Conference!  Do you have a great topic you want to present on?  Do you want to practice presenting with colleagues around campus before deciding to present at a regional or national conference?  The Student Life Half-day Conference is a great opportunity to present and learn from colleagues across the division.

Call for Programs – OPEN –

Program Proposals DUE January 30, 2017

Committee Members

  • Aaron Jorgenson, Housing and Food Services, Residential Life
  • Aprille Cabanas, Housing and Food Services, UW Dining
  • Arianna Adedbot, Career Center at Engineering
  • Chelsa Ayers, Parent & Family Programs
  • Jessica Norma, Recreational Sports
  • Jessie Smith, Career & Internship Center
  • Sue Ann Huang, Housing and Food Services, Residential Life

Contact the Committee

Additional questions about these upcoming events or interested in being involved?

Contact the Student Life Staff Development Committee Chair, Sue Ann Huang, at