Advocacy in Student Affairs: Caring for Professional Wellbeing in Times of Change
Recorded On: 10/09/2023
Ali Martin (Moderator)
Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement and Dean of Students
Cleveland State University
Ali Martin Scoufield (she/her) cares about students. Throughout nearly twenty years working in higher education, she has prioritized the student experience, student safety, and student belonging. She is continuing that work as the Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement and Dean of Students at Cleveland State University (CSU), overseeing CARE Management, Center for Campus Engagement, Community Standards & Advocacy, Counseling Center, Food Pantry & Resource Center, Health Services, Office of Disability and Testing Services, and Student Wellness. With a team of incredible colleagues, Ali hopes to support students in achieving their academic goals while prioritizing health, wellness, and identity.
Ali holds a BA in History from Western New England University, an MS in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and a MLS in Human Rights and Social Justice from Southern Methodist University. She is in the final year of her doctorate program, completing her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy at CSU, focusing on inclusion and access for disabled students.
Ali has worked in various functional areas, including residence life and housing, assessment, equity, Title IX, volunteer programs and alternative breaks, leadership, and community standards. Ali is an avid reader and bookstagramer (@spongebooksquarepants), traveler, and passionate about community service. She is a long-term volunteer supporting food access and the Girl Scouts.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
John Carroll University
Naomi Sigg is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at John Carroll University. She oversees the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI), Student Accessibility Services, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Title IX initiatives, and faculty and staff DEIB education, development, and programming. During her first year at John Carroll, she taught Asian American History for the Honors Programs. Naomi has more than 15 years of progressive experience in higher education, specializing in DEIB, leadership, and student development. Most recently, she served as senior associate dean of students and director of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. Naomi has been invited to share her expertise in the DEIB field through presentations at various conferences, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the International Conference on Conflict Resolution and Education, the National Association for Campus Activities, and the National Orientation Directors Association. In addition to her work at higher education institutions, Naomi also served as the executive director for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, is currently on the Equity Committee for the District of Twinsburg Schools, is a board member for a new non-profit to support veterans and their families, and serves as a mentor for College Now. Naomi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a proud, first-generation Filipina immigrant mom and lives in northeast Ohio with her partner and three children.
Vice President Naomi Sigg and Assistant Vice President Ali Martin Scoufield will share their perspectives on supporting student affairs staff during times of change and transition in higher education. Facing legislative changes, enrollment declines, values realignment, and differing student expectations – the student affairs field continues to evolve. The ability to either manage change or adapt to change has become critical in our work. This webinar will highlight ways divisional leadership can ensure staff are included in decision-making, feel supported amidst a shifting landscape, and are comfortable being their authentic selves in the workplace. With leadership experiences at a variety of institutions and institution types, the presenters hope to inspire, motivate, support, and most importantly advocate for the incredible work student affairs professionals do.