monday, march 2, 2020

Luncheon Plenary Session: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, AUDUBON BALLROOM



Far from blank slates, students on our campuses carry complex histories and experiences into the classroom that shape their likelihood to perform well academically, persist and graduate from our institutions. These complex histories often include factors such as mental health concerns, experiences with trauma, substance use and are compounded by well-being challenges such as poor sleep hygiene, stress and anxiety, diet and exercise. The data is clear: to support student success, as institutions we must also support student well-being. But, too often these efforts are siloed on campuses, reducing our ability to effectively support students. During this session, panelists will share strategies for breaking down these silos and building powerful synergies between student success and health promotion and mental health and violence prevention professionals, and building institutional cultures of well-being where all students thrive.

Holly Rider-Milkovich, Senior Director of Prevention Education, EVERFI (Moderator)

Holly Rider-Milkovich’s work at EVERFI supports students and administrators in fostering safe and healthy campuses by addressing topics incuding sexual and gender based discrimination, harassment, and violence. Previously, Rider-Milkovich directed the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She provided expertise to President Obama’s White House Task Force on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts, and represented four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. She brings over two decades of experience in violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role at EVERFI. 

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, Ph.D., Vice President for Student-Affairs and Dean of Students, Union College

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure has oversight of Student Activities, Dining, Campus Safety, Accommodative Services, Student Conduct, the Kenney Community Center, the Becker Career Center, Minerva Programs, First Year Deans Office, Residence Life, the Counseling Center, and Health Services. Prior to joining Union College, Brown-McClure served as Dean of Students at Spelman College and Associate Dean of Residential Education at Stanford University. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration, a Masters of Social Work from Boston University in 2006, and Bachelor of Science in psychology from Jackson State University in 2004.

Angela L. Chong, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida State University

Since July 2018, Angela Chong has led the health and wellness portfolio of the division of student affairs at Florida State University, which includes 300 full time professional staff in the campus recreation, dean of students, university counseling center, and university health services departments. She brings a wealth of higher education experience to her work, including student success, diversity and inclusion, student development, legal compliance, crisis management, policy development, threat assessment and care teams, health and wellness administration and programs, grant writing, athletics administration, and institutional governance. Prior to appointment as the Associate Vice President, Chong served as the chief student affairs officer at The College of New Jersey. She earned a bachelor of science degree in communications from Southeast Missouri State University, a master of science in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, followed by a JD in Higher Education Law and Policy from Stetson University College of Law.

Mary Jo Desprez, Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan

Mary Jo Desprez has worked in the field of college health and wellness for more than 30 years. She currently leads a team of public health and higher education professionals that provide leadership for student wellness initiatives that focus on personal and community well-being. Desprez serves as the Co-Chair for the Health and Wellness Collect Impact initiative and she serves on the strategic lead team for the Student Life Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Leadershape, and has completed Resilience training at the Mayo Clinic. Desprez is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches in the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. She also conducts trainings and facilitates workshops on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Resilience.

Scott Strader, Ph.D., Director of the Counseling Center, University of South Florida

Scott Strader joined the staff of USF-Tampa in July 2017 after serving 12 years as Director of Counseling & Disability Support Services at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Strader oversees a staff of more than 35 mental health professionals who support the emotional and developmental needs of nearly 44,000 students.  Strader is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), and serves on the Elements of Excellence Task Force of AUCCCD. His interests include outcome measurements in psychotherapy, supporting LBGTQ+ and other underserved students, and counseling center administration.