Group Collaboration: Operationalizing Viral Testing and Contact Tracing for the Fall

Group Collaboration: Operationalizing Viral Testing and Contact Tracing for the Fall

May 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join us to hear ideas and the best current thinking about how to operationalize viral testing and contact tracing for the fall.


As a health and wellness professional, you are currently planning for how to keep students healthy and safe in the fall in light of COVID-19. The front-end details are dizzying. You’re considering how to fund, staff, and implement testing. You’re examining technology and privacy considerations around contact tracing. In addition, you’re thinking through how to quarantine students showing COVID-19 symptoms. Have you taken the time to pause and discuss these ideas with peers as you move into the implementation phase of your plan?

Join us online for an in-depth, two-hour brainstorming and discussion session with your peers to share strategies and provide space to benchmark and ask questions. With engagement and connection as primary goals, you’ll participate actively in large and small group discussions framed around the following aspects of student health and safety for the fall:

  • Viral testing
  • Contact tracing
  • Guidelines and protocols for when students get sick


Who Should Attend

Health and wellness professionals working in higher education who would like to benchmark their thinking, as well as share and gain ideas for operationalizing testing and contact tracing at their institutions in the fall, should participate in this discussion. Institutional leaders or members of task forces related to the fall 2020 reopening of campus may also benefit.


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.

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May 27, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

This two-hour virtual session will feature discussions around the following topics. The questions listed are meant to be illustrative and are not exhaustive:

Viral testing
  • What kind(s) of testing is your institution considering making available?
  • What kind of funding implications will testing have?
  • How are you planning to staff the testing?
  • Where, and during what hours, will testing be available?



Contact tracing
  • What applications and technology are you looking at using?
  • How do you evaluate your options? How do you gauge pros, cons, and fit for your campus?
  • What kinds of data privacy considerations do you need to consider around HIPAA and FERPA?



Guidelines and protocols: What to do if someone gets sick?
  • What guidelines are you setting forth for students who show symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Where/how are you setting aside quarantine space on campus?
  • How are you planning for students who may be entering quarantine at different times in the requisite 14-day period?


Traci E. Callandrillo

Traci Callandrillo, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President of Campus Life, American University 

Dr. Callandrillo is a licensed psychologist and has served in higher education mental health leadership at three institutions, including American University in Washington DC. She was a founding member of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) and has served as the Vice President of Professional Practice for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), the Chair of the Section on College and University Counseling Centers for SCP, and as a member of the Directorate for ACPA’s Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas, and holds a bachelors degree in Art History.

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Ruperto Perez

Ruperto M. Perez, Ph.D.

Associate VP for Student Health and Wellbeing, The University of Alabama

Dr. Perez is a licensed psychologist and former Director of the Counseling Center at Georgia Tech. During his tenure as Director, Dr. Perez spearheaded numerous campus-wide efforts, including the establishment of a peer counseling program, a collegiate recovery program, and a campus-wide zero suicide education and prevention initiative.

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Sarah Seigle Peatman
Director of Research, Academic Impressions

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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.