Residence Hall Conference to Bring 300 Attendees to Geneseo

Sturges Quad

Sturges Quad (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

SUNY Geneseo is hosting the North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls’ (NEACURH) Regional Leadership Conference, Friday—Sunday, Nov. 2–4. Approximately 325 students and professional staff members from 45 different institutions will be attending the conference, including 25 from Geneseo.

“NEACURH’s Regional Leadership Conference brings together individuals from institutions throughout the region and provides students opportunities to grow as leaders,” says Leah Sherman ’19, a Geneseo communications major who is the conference chair. Both students and professional staff members from roughly 45 different institutions will be attending this weekend to share their experiences and campus traditions.” 

Attendees will participate in programs led by both students and advisors. Topics will cover an array of issues important to campus life such as diversity and inclusivity, sustainability, leadership development and advocacy, and others. Presenters will share their best practices so students can later apply them to their campuses. 

Geneseo student presenters are:

Sarah Verwij ‘21, sociology major: "Mega Mushrooms and Socioeconomic Diversity.” Verwij examines different ways marginalized peoples are put "against the system," and explores what the cycle of poverty really is, and defining the meanings of power and privilege.

Jacob Reid ’22 and Monica Weber ’21, psychology majors and both are in the College Honors Program: “Play-doh Diversity.” Reid and Weber will use communication, teamwork, and creativity in this fun project that urges conversation on the difficult topic, and hopes to educate and show how understanding what diversity is, can foster more inclusive community.

Sherman who attended her first NEACURH conference her freshman year put in a bid to host the conference at the 2017 Regional Leadership Conference through her involvement in the Inter-Residence Council.

“Hosting NEACURH’s RLC means the world to me,” Sherman said. “It is an opportunity that allows Geneseo and its students to show what amazing things we have to offer. And it provides those of us who are involved in the planning process to gain beneficial experience and connections that will last a lifetime.”

Visit this year’s NEACURH Conference website for more information.


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