Group Collaboration: Adjusting Housing and Dining Operations for the Fall

Group Collaboration: Adjusting Housing and Dining Operations for the Fall

May 20, 2020 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Learn from housing and dining professionals across North America as you brainstorm in small groups about how to adjust operations for the fall.


As a student life professional, you are currently planning how housing and dining operations will adjust in the fall under the “new normal” of COVID-19. Assuming your institution will host students on campus beginning in August, you will soon have to implement plans to keep students and staff safe in these shared spaces. Before moving to the implementation phase, have you stopped to discuss your plans with other housing and dining professionals to ensure the very best options are on the table?

Join us online for an in-depth, two-hour brainstorming and discussion session that will help elicit the most innovative options for housing and dining services that balance the need for social distancing with the desire for student engagement. You will hear from two experts about their current plans for the fall. In addition, you will work in small groups to discover what your peers are doing and to compile best practices for service adjustments.


Who Should Attend

Student affairs, student life, housing and residence life, and dining services leaders at the Director level and above will gain ideas for how to approach crucial housing and dining questions for the fall. If you serve on your institution’s COVID-19 task force and are involved in decision-making about adjusting operations for the fall, you may also wish to participate.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual training. Sign up today.


May 20, 2020

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern


  1. How can you allocate beds knowing that density of students per space must be limited?
  2. How can different kinds of residential spaces be repurposed (i.e., for quarantine or classroom space)?
  3. How can you plan for regular and rigorous sanitization of common spaces like shared bathrooms?
  4. How can RAs interact with students differently?



  1. How will you plan around uncertain inventory of needed items like plastics and proteins?
  2. How will you manage the extra trash generated by convenience foods and other “single use” items?
  3. How will you manage the flow of people coming in and out of the dining hall?
  4. How will you keep your dining staff safe?

You will also leave with options for enforcement around operational changes, including student conduct processes and ways to invoke housing contracts.



Derek Jackson

Assistant VP for Student Life, Kansas State University

Derek has more than 26 years of experience primarily in housing and dining services at Kansas State University as well as the University of Georgia. Recently promoted to the Assistant VP for Student Life with responsibility for the Health Center, Counseling Center, Child Care Center and Recreation Center.

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Claudia Marin Andrade

Claudia Marin Andrade

Dean of Students, SUNY Old Westbury

Claudia Marin Andrade is the Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, with near 20 years of experience in Higher Education. Claudia is responsible for overseeing the Colleges response to unlawful discrimination and sexual violence, which includes coordinating sexual violence prevention and education efforts along with managing prompt, equitable and thorough investigations for students.

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*There are limited spots available for All-Inclusive Members to register for virtual trainings for free in 2020. Each virtual training has a registration cap in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience. If the cap has been met, All-Inclusive Members can register with a $250 discount if space is available.

Academic Affairs, Advancement/Alumni Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs members will continue to receive $100 off training registrations, if applicable. Upgrade your membership to qualify for a higher discount.