2021 Virtual RA Conference

Saturday. November 6, 2021

You are personally invited to the 39th Annual Resident Assistant Conference. This years conference will be held virtually! To view our conference website, please visit our site https://brockportraconference.weebly.com/

The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities at SUNY Brockport encourages you to take this exciting adventure with them with a fun filled day of learning and exploring.

Keynote Speaker — Damita Davis

Portrait of Damita Davis sitting at a desk in an office


Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Brockport


Damita Davis serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Brockport. Prior to her arrival in July 2021, Damita was the Associate Director, Programming and Educational Initiatives in the Office for Institutional Diversity at Boston College. In that role, Damita was responsible for training and programs for the University’s diverse workforce, which included coordinating the Cultural Competence Engagement Modules (CCEM), the University Affiliates Program and the development and implementation of department level workshops. Prior to joining Boston College Damita worked in student affairs at Emmanuel College, Boston, as the Director of Multicultural Programs.


A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Damita received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island. In 1997, Damita received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and in 2002 she received a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel. Damita is a doctoral candidate in the higher education program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focus is on the leadership approach of Black women college presidents at predominantly white institutions.

RA Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple levels of diversity, including the ongoing development of their identity, and ways to create an inclusive community.
  • Describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits in relation to alcohol/substances, nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and conflict resolution.
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals
  • Identify and apply strategies in the areas of customer service, community building, motivation, leadership, conflict management, ethics, boundaries, etc.

Our theme this year is Coral Reef. We are encouraging all programs to incorporate the theme. The RA Conference committee has established predetermined “tracks” to give conference attendees a better way to plan their day:

Track Description
The RA All things related to the RA position. Examples may include creating personal balance, confrontation, working with difficult/challenging students or situations, staying motivated or communication.
Social Justice & Diversity Programs that will help attendees identify multiple levels of diversity; help explore their own development, or ways to intentionally create an inclusive community through the RA position.
Wellness Programs that help describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits for nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and alcohol/substance use.
Community Building & Programming Ideas utilized to build and maintain a successful and healthy community. Programs could include passive programming or active community building ideas
Professional Track For current student affairs professionals to share best practices and interest areas within the field.


Ways to Get Involved:

There are several opportunities to be actively involved in our conference this year!

We are currently accepting Virtual Program Proposals. Presentations are slated for 45 minutes and are categorized as the following: Community Building & Programming, Wellness, Social Justice and Diversity, The RA, and Professional Track (aimed for, and led by, Student Affairs professionals). All program proposals are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 25, 2021. Presenters will need create their own Zoom link for their presentation and include the link along with meeting ID and meeting password into the program proposal. If approved a member of the RA Conference committee will confirm with you the session time you will be presenting.

Registration is also open for our Virtual Case Study Competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enhance their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and Student Affairs. In pairs, participants will design and virtually present the best possible solution to a challenging hypothetical situation in the field of Higher Education to a panel of judges. There is no additional fee to participate, but pre-registration is required and is due by 5 pm on Monday, October 25, 2021.



Time Event
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 am Session 1
10:00 - 10:45 am Session 2
10:45 - 11:30 am Session 3
11:30 - 11:50 am Keynote
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
12:00 - 12:45 pm Case Study Competition


Registration and Proposal Forms:

Complete your Institutions Registration by 10/25/21

Submit a Program Proposal by 10/25/2021

Sign up to participate in the Case Study Competition by 10/25/2021

Both attendees and presenters must register for the conference. The conference cost is free for our 39th annual RA Conference!


RA Conference Planning Committee:

Vanessa Taylor, (she/her/hers) Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities

Benis Nsiah, (she/her/hers) Resident Director, Eagle Hall, Chair

Rochelle Strassner (she/her/hers) Resident Director, McFarlane Hall
Tasia Clemons (she/her/hers) Resident Ditector, MacVicar Hall
Angela Guzman (she/her/hers) Resident Director, Gordon Hall

If you have any questions, please contact raconf@brockport.edu. We are looking forward to virtually seeing you on Saturday, November 6!

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