Increasing the Feeling of Safety and Security for International Students

Date:  TBD

Learn how you can establish communities of safety and support for international students in times of political uncertainty. During this training we will focus on what can be done on a regular basis as well as during periods following new political statements and legislation. We will share tactics used from across higher education to ensure that you will leave with ideas that you can use on your own campus. We’ll also share tactics from across higher education, such as:

• Accompanying international students when they run errands

• Creating safe spaces for on-campus communities, especially in regards to religious practices

• Hosting town halls to address concerns

• Providing access to experts on immigration law


Leah Hetzell Assistant, Director of International Student Affairs 

Temple University



Peer Coaches as a Retention Tool: Increase Engagement, Academic Success & Graduation Rates Across Diverse Student Populations 

Date:        TBD

Due to limited resources and increasingly complex student demographics and issues, institutions are relying on peer mentors/coaches to empower students to succeed both academically and socially.  Peer coaches help to improve success for all students –particularly diverse and traditionally disadvantaged college populations by increasing their engagement, retention and graduation rates.

A well-defined peer coaching program accelerates students’ overall success, eases their transition to university life and fosters the development of the skills and connections that will help them persist to graduation.

Gather your colleagues and join our expert presenters – bestselling author and Certified Personal and Executive Coach Valorie Burton and the Director of Training and Development for Arizona State University’s First Year Success Center, Marisel Herrera, as they share their unique approach, evidence-based coaching framework, and peer coaching program design highlights that have gained national recognition and resulted in a significant increase in retention, student engagement, and graduation rates.


Valorie Burton is a bestselling author, international speaker on resilience and happiness, Certified Personal and Executive Coach, and the founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute.

Marisel Herrera is currently serving as the Director Training & Development, First-Year Success Center at Arizona State University. 

Contact Us

Dr. Leah Reynolds
Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Rankin Hall 426
(812) 237-8954