monday, march 2, 2020
Luncheon Plenary Session: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, AUDUBON BALLROOM
BUSTING UP THE MIND/BODY DIVIDE: REAL STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING HOLISTIC STUDENT WELL-BEING TO ACCELERATE STUDENT SUCCESS (MODERATED PANEL)
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, PhD, 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, PhD, 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.