North Carolina AHEAD Events

NC AHEAD Spring Drive-In Conference

Equity & Excellence: Access in North Carolina's Institutions of Higher Education

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Location: Alamance Community College, Graham, NC
Cost: $65 Member, $85 Non-Member
Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites Burlington, Nightly rate $110.  Must make  reservations by Thursday, February 2, 2023

Conference registration closes on February 14, 2023. Conference payment must be received by close of business on February 27, 2023.  No refunds are available for cancellations after February 14, 2023.

Overall Schedule

Below is the proposed Spring Conference Agenda. Additional changes/edits may be made.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

8:30am-9:30am Check-in
9:30am-9:45am Welcome
9:45am-11:15am Keynote
11:15am-11:30am Break
11:30am-1:15pm Member Business Meeting & Lunch (provided)
1:15pm-2:30pm  Breakout Sessions
2:30pm-2:45pm Break\
2:45pm-4:00pm Breakout Sessions; Conference End


Dr. David Reetz, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Cornell University


Incoming Student Webinar: A Creative Approach to Aiding the Transition to College for Students with Disabilities & Families

Ellen Bunn, Appalachian State University
Transitioning from high school to college for students with disabilities can be overwhelming and stressful for many individuals and their families. In this presentation, Appalachian State University’s Office of Disability Resource (ODR)  will share how they have creatively addressed and supported the critical shift to higher education by explicitly illustrating the differences between high school and college, explaining the shift in disability laws, and addressing the increase in student responsibilities and the change in parental/family roles through an Incoming Student Webinar. Presenters will provide examples of how vital information shared during an Incoming Student Webinar about the transition to college was communicated to students and families at the macro, mezzo, and micro levels of their work with incoming students and families. Through the implementation of a targeted day-long webinar with informational sessions, public-facing platforms, and individualized discussions, ODR will summarize the methods and strategies used for addressing the high school-to-college transition gap for students with disabilities.


Sensory Lounges? Yes! Let's Do It!

Tina Vires, UNC Greensboro
"So, you want to set up a sensory lounge on your campus? We'll discuss well established and new projects on different campuses and help attendees decide if establishing one would be a good fit at their locations. We are all aware that people on the autism spectrum often have hyper-sensory related triggers that can cause meltdowns (e.g., lots of noise and unable to filter) or that can create a sense of calmness (low lighting, soft sounds or quiet, fidget gadgets, sensory activities, etc.). Attendees will leave with plans to get started on their own sensory lounges: How to get started, including finding space (student center, residence hall, library, etc.)? We’ll talk about assessing any allotted space and what will work in that area, gathering support (philosophically, monetarily, for research, for physically setting up the space, etc), and marketing the space to constituents. Attendees will benefit from hearing what worked and what didn’t.

Advancing Accessibility Workshop Series: An Accessibility Initiative at Meredith College

Molly Hull, Independent Consultant and Accessibility Coordinator at the North Carolina Museum of Art
Developed in collaboration with the DEI Coordinator, the Disability Services team, student groups, and the Accessibility Consultant, the Advancing Accessibility Workshop Series is a year-long training comprised of five modules: (1) Introduction to Accessibility on Campus (2) History of Disability (3) Attitudinal Barriers (4) Digital and Technology (5) Physical Barriers. This session breaks down the series by formation of the workshops, tailored content, participant feedback, assessment of progress, and next steps. Along with providing an outline of the series, the presenter will discuss campus buy-in, collaboration with the student groups, and provide tips on how to implement accessibility focused efforts within audience members’ respective institutions. This session addresses how institutions can approach accessibility as a shared initiative that must be upheld beyond the Disability Services team.

Current research exploring the preliminary impact of Mental Health First Aid in the NC Community College System

Angie Uhl-Kalev, Blue Ridge Community College
This presentation is based on current research exploring the preliminary impact of Mental Health First Aid in the NC Community College System. I will provide an introduction to MHFA, an overview of the lit review, an overview of the methodology (qualitative study, sample, semi-structured interviews), results (MHFA may impact student mental health and persistence; First Aiders need support while supporting students), and discussion/implications for practice.

2022-2023 Monthly Professional Development

Monthly on the third Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, NC AHEAD offers either a roundtable discussion or hosts a guest speaker for NC AHEAD members. Specific information regarding each month’s professional development opportunities is sent to the NC AHEAD member listserv.

Spring 2023 Schedule:

  • February 15
  • April 19
  • May 17