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Rising Strong: Meeting Students’ Needs in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Utah CRLA’s 2023 Regional Conference will be held at the University of Utah's Marriot Library on Friday, June 23, 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Peer education services are intended to assist students in developing transferable skills that empower them to succeed beyond their college career. With the changing landscape of higher education and the workforce, it is imperative we provide services that meet the unique needs of our students to adequately support them. We invite you to engage in these conversations by attending and presenting at the Utah CRLA Regional Conference this summer. 

8:45 am – 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast & Welcome

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Keynote - Student Voices

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Session 1

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Session 2

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Snack Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 3

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Closing Discussion & Key Takeaways

You do not need to be a Utah CRLA member to attend or present at this conference!

Registration Fee
Staff/Faculty: $25
Undergraduate/Graduate Student: Free

Included in your conference registration fee:

  • Supplementary Conference Materials
  • Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • Catered Lunch
  • Coffee/Refreshment Breaks

You will be responsible for purchasing a parking pass if you choose to park on campus. Parking passes can be purchased through the University of Utah's Commuter Services. Parking on campus costs anywhere from $10/day to $20/day depending on which parking lot/payment method is selected. Full information and tutorials on buying parking passes can be found on the Commuter Services website.


Session 1: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Peer Mentoring as a Response to a Changing Educational Landscape M LIB 1140

Nicole Triptow, Student Success Coordinator, Brigham Young University
Kaden Nelson, Peer Mentor, Brigham Young University
Mary Kilpatrick, Peer Mentor, Brigham Young University

Presentation of a peer mentoring program supporting university freshman, first-generation, and high school students including neurodiverse students and online learners. Using principles of CRLA we train mentors to support learners to utilize study skills, growth mindset, help-seeking tactics, and stress management techniques. You will hear from trainers and mentors supporting diverse students.

Walking the Walk: Creating Equity-Focused Learning Centers M LIB 1170

Taylor Johnson, Graduate Assistant, University of Utah

While academic support services provide statements regarding their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, these statements are often vague and brief, providing little insight into the values of the organization and what efforts are being made to become more equity-focused. This proposal will serve as a policy brief where recommendations will be made to help learning centers "walk the walk" regarding equity work.

Flexible Solutions for Academic Success: How Habits of Mind Courses Meet Student's needs Presentation Slides, Resources

Melanie Chambers, Learning Specialist, Utah State University
Sarah Gosney, Tutoring and Writing Center Program Coordinator, Utah State University Blanding

Has a student ever asked you how to prepare for a test or balance their schedule? Transition to college may leave students floundering. Instructors who teach Habits of Mind classes will share practices that impact students the most. Ways that habit strategies can be incorporated into studies will be explored.

Session 2: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Succeed with Building a Hybrid Training Program that Meets Student Employee Needs M LIB 1140

Melanie Steimle, Student Success Manager, Brigham Young University
Kate Ashton, Student Success Coordinator, Brigham Young University

Student demand for online learning and remote work is increasing. In order to meet those needs, we’ve created a quick-start hybrid training with a scaffolded approach to CRLA content. Enhancing our program over several iterations, we have best practices to share so others can build upon the lessons we’ve learned.

Rising Above Insecurities: Using ChatGPT in Composition, Revision, and Tutoring Gould Auditorium

Anne McMurtrey, Writing Center Director, University of Utah
Anna Paxton, Writing Center Coordinator, University of Utah
Alisa Kasabyan, Writing Center Tutor, University of Utah
Norah Law, Writing Center Tutor, University of Utah

The use of ChatGPT by college students is inevitable. It will be necessary for tutors to respond to work influenced by ChatGPT. In our roundtable discussion, we hope to explore the landscape surrounding this complex - but exciting - new technology and its intersection with writing, authorship, and tutoring.

Onward and Upward: Overcoming challenges to Achieve New Horizons! Presentation Slides

Jennifer Hunt, Lead Tutor, Salt Lake Community College

How can we help students navigate the intricacies of higher education and their future horizons? I have found four ways to help empower all students to rise up to the challenge and reach their academic goals. I will be discussing these ideas to assist them with a great educational experience.

Session 3: 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Transforming Peer Educator Training: Creating Engaging and Experiential Blended CRLA Training for Today's Students M LIB 1140

Layne West, Instructional Designer, Brigham Young University
Lexie Dou, Graduate Student, Brigham Young University

This proposal highlights our innovative blended CRLA training program, designed to elevate peer educator development by combining engaging, experiential, and reflective learning activities and assessments. Discover how our approach prepares peer educators to effectively support diverse student populations in higher education.

More Than a Paycheck: Professionalizing Student Employment for Peer Educators Presentation Slides

Casey Hoekstra, Associate Director, University of Utah

Student employment can be a truly transformational experience. Learning Centers, mentoring programs, and many more can create intentional structures to provide their student employees with constant feedback, professional development opportunities, and engaging community building events. 

So, You Want Your Peer Educators to Talk About Race? Gould Auditorium

Andrea Salvedo, Peer Mentor Advisor, Weber State University
Liz Homez, Graduate Intern, Weber State University
Chanell Sosa, Peer Mentor Leader, Weber State University

The racial climate in the country opens doors for campus conversations about race, but those are often only opened to faculty and staff. Join us to learn how Peer Mentors engaged this dialogue as part of a staff development reading program and take home a chapter by chapter discussion guide.

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