Student Employment Summit

We hope you can join us for the 1st annual Student Employment Summit! This event intends to bring together supervisors, hiring managers, and others who support student employment at UW-Madison. All who are interested are welcome and encouraged to attend all or parts of the summit! The Summit seeks to provide space for colleagues to connect while sharing knowledge, best practices, and engaging in different perspectives on a variety of Student Employment topics. Our theme for this year’s Student Employment Summit will be on inclusive excellence within Student Employment.

Join Us for the Student Employment Summer Summit!

Date: June 15th

Time: 9am-1pm Central

Location: All sessions will be hosted via Zoom. View session recordings below!

9-9:30 am: Opening Welcome with Justin Mumford

9:30-10:15 am: Opening Keynote: An Inclusive Student Employment Experience by Ashley Lax

10:20-11:05 am: Breakout Session #2

11:10-11:55 am: Breakout Session #3

12-1 pm: Closing Keynote: Sitting in the Mess – Navigating the Process of Learning and Change by Dr. Louis Macias

**Recordings will be automatically deleted from Zoom on Saturday, November 13th.**

Ashley Lax has served as the Assistant Director of Sport Programs with University Recreation & Wellbeing since 2015 and has been working at UW-Madison since 2013. In her role, she supports the intramural sport and sport club programs on campus which serve over 10,000 student annually. To facilitate these programs on a daily basis, her department employs over 150 students a year in various entry level and leadership roles.

Ashley has spent her career employing and developing students through sport. Her passion for student development goes hand in hand with her dedication to social justice. Ashley currently serves as the co-chair for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee within Student Affairs and last year was awarded the Leadership in Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Efforts by Student Affairs. She is intentional about infusing social justice principles into the student employment experience.

Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in communication from Austin Peay State University and her master’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Central Florida. Ashley settled in the Madison area after grad school with her wife Jada and three dogs.

Dr. Louis Macias has served as the Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion for the UW-Madison Police Department since 2019. In this role, he leads various functions within the department including recruitment and hiring, onboarding and support for new employees, diversity, equity and inclusion training, workplace climate, and supporting micro-and-macro-level efforts to build positive relationships between the department and the UW-Madison campus community it serves.

Dr. Macias has spent his entire career in education. He began his career as a middle and high school social studies teacher, a cherished role he held for 7 years. For the last 11 years, he has served in a number of formal leadership roles in higher education at universities in both Florida and Wisconsin. These roles have included work in areas such as academic advising, pre-college programs, admissions/enrollment management, fundraising and multicultural affairs.

Dr. Macias earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University, his Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Having moved to Wisconsin from his hometown of Miami, Florida in 2015, Dr. Macias now resides in the Madison area with his wife Jamie and daughters Sofia (7) and Olivia (1).

10:20-11:05 am: Breakout Session #2

  • Option 1: Benefits of Building Leadership Capacity by Larry Jolón
    • One transformational way of building an engaging and inclusive student employment experience is by building opportunities for leadership development. At this presentation, come learn more about how various campus partners have helped define an inclusive set of principles for the concept of leadership, how this fits within the context of the student employment experience, and why we believe units across campus could benefit from integrating leadership development into their student employment experiences.
  • Option 2: Using Campus Resources as a Training Tool to Promote Personal Growth by Kathy Prem and Eve Williams
    • Our campus has a plethora of excellent resources and events that can be used as a training tool to complement each student employee’s various experience, interests, skills and strengths. In this session, we will share how we take advantage of these campus resources and events to further educate our student employees and to promote diversity, cultural competency, wellness and personal growth. We will invite participants to discuss how we can improve this training method and how they might adapt this training to their student employees.

11:10-11:55 am: Breakout Session #3

  • Option 1: Managing and Leveraging a Virtual Student Worker Team by Leanna Jahnke
    • Student workers in higher education felt the pain of moving remote as both learners and employees. On top of virtual classwork, student employees who were able to maintain employment face additional barriers to successfully complete their tasks, the ultimate challenge being maintaining motivation and engagement to their work when facetime with supervisors means more screen time. This session will detail how to successfully manage student employees virtually, engage them in the work and leverage their skills in unique, virtual ways.
  • Option 2: Practices to Creating an Inclusive Work Environment  by Gwynette Hall & Heather Stelljes
    • Creating an inclusive work environment can be developed one practice at a time. In this presentation the presenters will share simple inclusive practices to consider implementing into your supervising tool kit, with an emphasis on disability. We will provide resources on how to support the accommodation process in employment, create accessible documents, and hold accessible and inclusive meetings.

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