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All Instructor Symposium 2022 | Monday, May 16th | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The required All Instructor Symposium will take place on Monday, May 16th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Designed for both new and returning instructors for Fall 2022, the All Instructor Symposium serves as the cornerstone of the ongoing Hullabaloo U instructor development opportunities, community of practice, and recognition of excellence within the First Year Experience. Symposium will kick off with an Opening Session featuring a welcome from our administration, announcement of annual First Year Experience awards, and a keynote address from Dr. Fred Bonner, a national expert on student success. Two concurrent breakout sessions will follow the Opening Session.

Symposium Format

Both virtual and in-person attendance options are being offered for Symposium:
  • In-Person – MSC Bethancourt Ballroom (MSC 2300 A-C) - A light breakfast will be provided. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Virtual - live-streamed event in synchronous Zoom webinar format. Zoom links will be provided several days before the event.

Symposium Schedule

  • Check-In & Breakfast – 8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • Opening Session (Welcome, Awards & Keynote) - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Concurrent Breakout Session 1 - 10:10-11:00 AM
  • Concurrent Breakout Session 2 - 11:10 AM -12:00 PM



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): Foregrounding Hullabaloo U  | Dr. Fred Bonner             
One of the most critical topics in our current national and global higher education context is how to foreground and operationalize diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI-B) initiatives that are both holistic and validating to diverse campus agents (administration, faculty, students, and staff). Planning and executing DEI-B initiatives and processes that move institutions from thought to action is essential for addressing the needs of our diverse communities on campus. The goal of this DEI-B Workshop Session is to assist the Hullabaloo U community to develop a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI-B) mindset that will ultimately support the mission of the University in general and Hullabaloo U in particular.

Bonner_Photo_Diverse_Addition_2-(1).jpgAbout Dr. Bonner: Dr. Fred Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the MACH-III Center at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Associate Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration & college teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas College of Education. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the author of several books, including Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline, as well as the recently released Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory (2021, Stylus Publishing). Bonner was recently (2020) named Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Regents Professor.


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Following the Opening Session, there will be two concurrent breakout sessions, the majority of which will be led by returning Hullabaloo U instructors. Breakout sessions are designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches to enhance the Hullabaloo U experience. 
  • In-Person presentations will be livestreamed for virtual participants. 
  • Those attending in-person who would like to attend a virtual session will need to bring a device and headphones in order to participate in these sessions. 
  • All sessions will also be recorded and posted to this website after the event. 

Breakout Sessions

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): Operationalizing Hullabaloo U (Rolling Up Our Sleeves)*
Dr. Fred Bonner, Keynote Speaker
This breakout session is designed to be a participant-driven discussion and application of ideas presented during the keynote, with a focus on how to operationalize and implement the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the Hullabaloo U classroom.
Handouts & Resources:

Facilitating FYE through a Career Readiness Framework
Jasmine Zenn, Career Coordinator, Career Center
Bradley Matthews, Associate Director, Career Center

Hullabaloo U gives a lot of flexibility for course structure. Additionally, career Readiness should be introduced to first time college students to help them succeed in college and beyond.  In this session, we will discuss how to enhance career learning and development through Hullabaloo U.  Participants will learn practical strategies for incorporating career readiness into the classroom and diverse perspectives in career development.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Memories: Making Assignments Meaningful
Tina Budzise-Weaver, Interim Assistant Dean of Faculty Services, University Libraries
Zackary Chance Medlin, Learning & Student Engagement Librarian, University Libraries
Explore Aggieland Photo Journal was an assignment that provided an opportunity for students to take images documenting their experiences exploring campus and all that Aggieland has to offer using the themes: (1) Exploring Campus, (2) Exploring the Libraries, (3) Campus Event, (4) Academic Success, (5) Wellness, (6) Major, and (7) Advice. Instructors used Google Slides and Google Photos to engage students in this assignment.  Come share your ideas and learn from others about ways to create engaging assignments.

Teaching Time Management to Enhance Student Success in the First-Year
Joseph Sanchez - Program Manager - College of Education & Human Development
Effective time management is crucial to student success in the first-year as freshmen transition from high school to college.  This presentation will provide background, concepts, lesson planning, and classroom activities for instructors to use in order to incorporate time management skills into a stand- alone FYE module.
Recording not available - please email for more information about this session

Gender & Sexual Identities
Kaileigh Roan, Academic Advisor IV, College of Liberal Arts
This session will provide an overview of terminology related to sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual/romantic identity.  We will also review resources available to learn more, become an Ally, and how to support members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly within a Hullabaloo U classroom.

Recording not available - please email for more information about this session
Handouts & Resources:
Gender & Sexual Identities PDF

Creating Space for First Time Cultural Experiences in the HU classroom
Danny Roe, Associate Director, Student Intercultural Learning & Engagement (Galveston Campus)
The presentation will go over the creation, implementation, and assessment of an assignment I gave my general HU course that focused on a meaningful cultural experience they took part in over their first semester in our university. Attendees will get an outline of the assignment to take back and modify for their classrooms. In addition to the assignment, I will also show how some students in my HU section took part in the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) and share some feedback about this process.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): Operationalizing Hullabaloo U (Rolling Up Our Sleeves)*
Dr. Fred Bonner, Keynote Speaker
This breakout session is designed to be a participant-driven discussion and application of ideas presented during the keynote, with a focus on how to operationalize and implement the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the Hullabaloo U classroom.
*This identical presentation is offered in both breakout session blocks.

We Win! - Creating Community through Group Games
Alyssa Locklear, Instructional Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Creating community in a Hullabaloo U course is one of the most important ways to help first year students feel connected to their classmates and the campus community. Join this session to learn about and participate in small and large group games that help students connect with each other and the Aggie family. Activities in this session were recommended by current Hullabaloo U students as best practices for creating community during their first semester.

Handouts & Resources
"We Win!" Creating Community PPT

Strategies to Rejuvenate Disengaged Students in Hullabaloo U
Aaron Petuch, Academic Advisor III, Office for Student Success
Fostering self-efficacy, social integration, and active engagement are just a few of the benefits of taking a Hullabaloo U course, but what if students become disengaged (e.g., stop attending, cease participation, miss assignments, etc.)? In this session, attendees will learn strategies to rejuvenate students’ interest in the course and embrace the developmental outcomes that are foundational to their success at Texas A&M.
Handouts & Resources
Strategies to Rejuvenate PDF

Leaving the Classroom Behind: Field Trips for First-Year Students
Andy Armstrong, Director of University Advising, Office for Student Success
Allison Mendoza, Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor

Learning takes place in and out of the classroom. With a suggestion from my Peer Mentor, our class visited places around campus to help students acclimate to their new environment while providing valuable resources for them along the way. Learn how we integrated field trips into our course and what we discovered along the way!

Recording not available - please email for more information about this session
Handouts & Resources
 HU Field Trips PDF

Building Inclusive Community in your Classroom
Amaris Vazquez Vargas, Program Coordinator, Education Abroad
Caleb Chapman, Assistant Director, Global Engagement

During this session, we will share with instructors how to build community rules that support a diverse student body to build rapport, foster meaningful discussion, and enhance connections. This will be achieved through an introduction to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice followed by a discussion on the importance of setting rules of engagement that will lead to a community pact and cohort cohesion.