2018 Conference

Student Success & Retention 2018: Inclusion, Intersectionality, & Innovation

The Student Success & Retention Conference is Oregon’s annual conference for student affairs professionals, faculty and administrators.

Each year, educators from campuses across Oregon come together to discuss common issues, successes, and challenges. We hope you’ll join us this year as we once again showcase the great work that is happening in Oregon and beyond to support student success and retention in post-secondary education.

Location of the Conference:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way,
Portland OR, 97220
Reservations call: 1-866-716-8134



Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community

The SSRC is pleased to announce that Dr. Claude Steele will serve as the 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker. Dr. Steele is a long time educator and senior instructional administrator for colleges and universities across the United States.  Most recently, he authored the book “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do”, which will form the basis for much of his presentation.  In his talk, he will be drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this talk will address the why, what and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success.

The World is Yours: Reflections of a Global RAPtivist

For the Plenary, we are excited to announce that Aisha Fukushima will be our speaker on Friday morning. Aisha is a Singer, Speaker, Educator, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism) a global hip hop project spanning nearly 20 countries and four continents, highlighting the ways culture can contribute to universal efforts for freedom and justice by challenging oppression with expression. Aishafukushima.com



Students in Distress: Examples include strategies for working with students experiencing challenging life situations such as marginalization; trauma; food, housing, or financial insecurity; unemployment/underemployment; emotional, mental, and physical health challenges; victimization; and student conduct or other behavioral concerns .

Equity and Inclusion: Examples include practices, interventions, and structural reforms that strengthen equity for all groups of students including outreach, access, student support services, basic skills, course success, completion of educational goals, and transfer.

Pathways and Partnerships: Examples include programs which built internal (with other departments) and external (other institutions, community organizations) partnerships to help students successfully connect, progress and complete their goals and partnerships which create pathways that support strong transitions throughout students’ educational journey.

Retention and Best Practices: Examples include student development, learning, and teaching theories that support student success; increasing student engagement and connection opportunities; leading transformational change; programs/services that align with student success indicators.

Organization representing student services administrators for Oregon's 17 Community Colleges