Every August, two weeks before residence move-in weekend, Campus Living Centres hosts a Residence Life Staff Training Conference to provide training, development, and workshops for the Residence Life teams. Over the past five years, as we continue to increase the number of our professional Residence Life staff, it has been reflected in our conference attendance which has increased by over 200%. This year, Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario) hosted the 2014 Residence Life Staff Training Conference with 240 Campus Living Centres staff.
The week-long conference focused on seminars and presentations that educate the Residence Life Team on handling situations involving bullying, alcohol consumption, drug awareness, conflict mediation, and sexual assault protocol. There are also professional development sessions around social media and professionalism, student development theory, and self care & balance.
Each evening, social events were held to encourage communication and team building. Ted X speakers Nicole Belanger and Blake Fly were invited to speak and provided valuable lessons with their inspirational words. The conference ended with a banquet to celebrate the achievements throughout the week. The banquet was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre and included dinner, awards, and evening entertainment.
For more information on the conference check out clcrlsconference.wordpress.com.
by Brian Freeman