Student Employment Summer Summit

The 4th annual Student Employment Summer Summit brought together supervisors, hiring managers, and others who support student employment at UW-Madison and beyond. Thank you to all who were able to attend!

Stay tuned for information on the 2024 Student Employment Summer Summit.

In the meantime, check out these Takeaways from participants this year.

You can view the workshop slides in the Session Descriptions.

Featuring Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, author of award-winning College Students’ Sense of Belonging (2nd ed, 2019).

12:15-12:30- Check in

12:30- Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

12:40- Keynote Address, Workplace Belonging: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

1:40-2:00: Reflection & Snack break

2:00-3:00: Breakout Session 1

3:10-4:10: Breakout Session 2

4:10-4:30: Closing activity

Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn is one of the most prolific and influential scholars in the
fields of education, psychology, and the academic study of diversity, equity, inclusion,
and belonging (DEIB). Named of the country’s “Top Diversity Scholars” by Diverse Issues
in Higher Educa2on and a remarkable “Bridge-Builder” between academic- and student
affairs by one of ACPA’s commissions, Strayhorn has authored 12 books, including the
award-winning College Students’ Sense of Belonging (2nd ed, 2019), and over 200+
peer-reviewed journal articles and academic publications. His research has been cited,
endorsed, or financially supported by over $10 million from the most premiere agencies
in the world including Lumina Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Science
Foundation, to name a few. One of his core passions is translating research-to-practice in
ways that improve the material conditions and lived experiences of our most vulnerable
populations. He accomplishes this mission largely through the more than 2000+ public
talks, distinguished lectures, and keynotes he has delivered across the globe.
A respected thought-leader and highly-sought speaker, Strayhorn’s ground-breaking
research has been heated in many outlets including The Washington Post, The Chronicle
of Higher Educa2on, Huffington Post, Essence, and Diverse Issues, to name a few. He is
President and CEO of Do Good Work Consulting Group, a minority-owned business that
partners with hundreds of colleges, universities, corporations, and agencies each year to
enhance culture, build inclusive environments, and boost belonging in ways that raise
morale, increase retention, improve people’s journey, and help organizations hit their
bottom line. He’s a Contributing Writer for Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, AllBusiness, and
Psychology Today, where he leads the “Belonging Matters” blog.
Strayhorn is Professor of Education and Psychology; Director of the Center for the Study
of HBCUs, and Principal Investigator of The Belonging Lab at Virginia Union University.
He is Diversity Scholar-in-Residence at Harrisburg Area Community College, Fellow of
AGB’s Institute for Leadership & Governance, and member of several non-profit boards
including Minds Beyond Measure, Rainbow Labs, and the MCT Educational Foundation.
He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.


Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

2:00-3:00 Breakout Session Topics:

Symphony Rm: Facilitating Success for Neurodivergent Students in Their Workplace, Heather Stelljes & Ryan Keegan

In this session, participants can expect to learn background information on neurodivergence before exploring strategies and considerations to build an environment that allows neurodivergent students to meaningfully belong in their workspace.

Presentation Slides

Overture Rm: Engaged Leaders Through Employment, Barb Kautz Wittwer & Kari Temkin

Learn how to create and sustain a work culture that values student leadership development through integration of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, Leadership Certificate, and best practices across campus.

Presentation Slides

 Concerto Rm: De-Centering Whiteness, Triston King

At this workshop we will break down the impacts of recognizing one’s proximity to race and race related-topics, the impact it has on one’s interactions with those different from themselves, and how to build tools to develop an anti-racist framework. Participants will examine their role in these systems and structures, and how we can move forward in playing our part in dismantling them.

3:10-4:10 Breakout Session Topics:

Symphony Rm: Supporting Students in Peer Supervision, panel

       Natalia Cavazos- Dining & Culinary Services

       Mi Levy- Office of Student Financial Aid- Front Desk

       Julia Disano- Campus and Visitor Relations Tour Guide Coordinator

       Elliot Christensen- University Housing Student Supervisor

Hear the experience of students who supervise their peers directly from the experts themselves.  Learn their unique challenges, opportunities, best practices and advice.

Overture Rm: Student Employment Recruiting & Onboarding Tips & Tricks, Kristina Rittel

Supervising student employees is very rewarding but also comes with a lot of moving pieces to make sure your team is adequately staffed, the students are supported, among countless other items. Come learn about hiring and supervising resources and techniques to assist you as a supervisor of student employees.

Presentation Slides

Concerto Rm: Supporting Student Employee’s mental health, Alex Little (they/them) & Gina Williamson (she/her)

  • Learn about the principles of trauma informed care and how to apply them to your work with student employees
  • Utilize the recognize, respond, refer framework of student support strategies
  • Practice at least one active listening or response strategy from this framework
  • Learn about campus and community resources to share with student employees

Presentation Slides

If you need an accommodation for this in-person Student Employment Summit, please contact Kari Temkin –