Upcoming Event

Keynote | Campus Planning for Diverse Student Identities

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) North Atlantic Regional Conference

New Haven, CT March 8-10, 2020

Tuesday, March 10

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


Moderator: Rena Cheskis-Gold, Principal and Founder, Demographic Perspectives

Students arriving at college today are different from past generations. Ensuring that students have spaces reflecting their identities enhances their sense of community and achievement of academic and social goals. Some student identities being discussed in today’s session include income diversity, first generation, gender/sexual orientation, nationality, race and ethnicity, ability status, religion, political spectrum, and marital/family status. Our panelists, who represent a range of institutions, will discuss programmatic solutions to support student identities, facilities needed to house or address these solutions, successes, challenges, and top priorities for future diversity planning.


Leslie S. Meyerhoff, Director Priority Implementation and Assessment, Student & Campus Life, Cornell University

John F. McKnight, Jr., Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Connecticut College

Michelle Maheu, Director of Planning, Design & Construction, Wellesley College

Carolina Cudemus, Director of Design and Construction Management, UMass Amherst

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the unique planning challenges associated with contemporary student identities.
  2. Compare how a range of higher education institutions are responding to similar campus planning issues.
  3. Use lessons learned from peers as a catalyst for campus discussion.
  4. Develop strategies and options to improve students’ sense of campus community through an understanding of the appropriate spaces and programs needed for diverse student identities.


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