June 2018 noticed Charlottetown, PEI host the ARUCC/CACUSS Sea Change convention: the biggest greater schooling convention in Canada. With 800+ attendees from throughout the nation, there was no scarcity of concepts, insights, and studying alternatives.
“The theme Sea Change is derived from the creation of sea glass; the glowing jewels discovered alongside our shorelines. When contemplating the scholar expertise, there are lots of parallels to be drawn to the method glass undergoes when turning into sea glass. A bottle or a bit of pottery finds its method into a brand new atmosphere, it begins tossing and swirling in all kinds of instructions, bumping up towards obstacles all of the whereas reshaping and refining itself, turning into extra resilient. Then, lastly, it’s delivered onto the shoreline of our seashores, a stronger, distinctive, certainly one of a sort, gem.”
Recognizing First-Nations’ Tradition
With a lot emphasis placed on the significance of Mi’kmaq tradition and heritage, Sea Change did an incredible job of exposing its attendees to a facet of Canadian historical past that’s typically (sadly) missed and uncared for. We noticed the significance of Canadian first-nations’ tradition on Monday morning with keynote speaker, Candy Palmater. As the primary aboriginal individual to turn out to be valedictorian of a legislation faculty in Canada, Sweet broke obstacles and overcame obstacles, paving the way in which for future aboriginal college students. The concept that “you’re sufficient” was an essential message that Sweet instilled within the viewers, and one which resonated with attendees all through the period of the convention.
As soon as the keynote had ended, attendees had been invited to attend studying periods. A number of the extra fashionable themes included: psychological well being on campus, sexual violence prevention, accessibility, non-traditional pupil success, in addition to range and inclusion, amongst many others. In between these periods, the CACUSS, ARUCC, and PEI Conference Centre employees made certain that everybody was nicely fed, with meals choices for all tastes and diets.
As Platinum Sponsors, we had been positioned in the course of the enjoyable inside the exhibit corridor. For our staff, a few of the most significant elements of the convention had been our conversations with the opposite attendees. Listening to tales, listening to in regards to the struggles and successes that Canadian establishments are going through, and getting that one on one time with folks within the house was a useful expertise.
After-hours, quite a lot of excursions had been supplied, together with a Culinary Strolling Tour, in addition to a Personal Seaside Stroll and Dinner. However maybe essentially the most attended extra-curricular exercise was the Kara-O-CACUSS, an evening of personal karaoke at The Alley. Whereas we knew we had been within the presence of a few of the brightest minds in pupil affairs, we had no clue we had been additionally amongst a few of the finest voices in greater ed.
Off-site we loved a few of the finest meals and hospitality Charlottetown needed to provide (as we anticipate most individuals did as nicely). Whereas we had been unhappy to go away the island, we had been grateful for all the issues we realized, connections we made, and are excited to include all of those unbelievable experiences into our final objective of encouraging pupil success. Till subsequent time!