Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and has been embedded within the Violence Prevention movement in Higher Education for over nine years. She began her career in this field while still a graduate student at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her work with the university's Sexual Assault Services department eventually led to extensive collaborations with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The mentorship she received from the coalition and the former director of the university's department solidified her passion for engaging student populations in violence prevention strategies. Before leaving MSU, Wanda gained experience securing and managing federally-funded grants and serving as a prevention educator, community collaborator, and co-creator the university's Sexual Assault Response Team.
Wanda began work at Vanderbilt University shortly after MSU and served as a Program Coordinator and Advocate within the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. In this capacity she served as the university's sole 24-hour on-call advocate and provided direct support and accompaniment to university students, faculty, staff, and Medical Center employees as well as a lead facilitator for the Green Dot Bystander Strategy. Before leaving Vanderbilt, Wanda served as a Prevention Educator & Victim Resource Specialist and dedicated her time and expertise to the creation, staff expansion, and branding of the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response, the university's first free-standing center dedicated to campus violence prevention and advocacy.
Wanda is currently employed at Emory University’s Respect Program and serves as the program's inaugural Director. The Respect Program is an anti-oppression office where staff serve as advocates and change-agent trainers to activate the campus community to serve as ambassadors with the message that oppression is a disease and violence, in any form, is a symptom of this larger illness. They encourage students to develop an intersectional approach when understanding the root causes of and working to end violence. Furthermore, they engage the community to sustain trauma-informed spaces that speak to the lived experiences and identities of those impacted by violence. The Respect Program aims to create global citizens poised to continue the mission of this larger movement to end violence within various communities and systems across their life span.
Jill L. Creighton serves as the President for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), a 501(c)3 higher education organization serving approximately 3,000 student conduct professionals at 1,200 unique institutions in 11 countries. ASCA sets best practices for the student conduct profession in higher education. In her role as President, Jill created ASCA’s first international partnership with the Center for Certification and Accreditation of Student Services in the Philippines, Incorporated (CCASSPI). She served as the keynote speaker for the Philippines’ National Seminar on Student Discipline Administration in Higher Education conference in 2016 and served as a resource speaker for the same conference in 2015 and 2017. Jill speaks frequently on issues of the intersection of study abroad with student conduct and international students with U.S. student conduct.
Additionally, she has created and presented trainings for student conduct staff on six continents through her full time role at New York University where she oversees Global Community Standards. Her work focuses on managing, advising on, creating, and adapting best practices and compliance in student conduct for NYU’s global locations at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); NYU Accra (Ghana); NYU Berlin (Germany); NYU Buenos Aires (Argentina); NYU D.C. (United States); NYU Florence (Italy); NYU Madrid (Spain); NYU Prague (Czech Republic); NYU Shanghai (China); NYU Sydney (Australia); and NYU Tel Aviv (Israel). In addition, she manages and oversees student organization student conduct, including fraternity and sorority life, and supports both the University and Residence Life conduct processes.
Prior to serving NYU, Jill worked at the University of Colorado Denver where she worked with student conduct, supervised health promotion efforts, case managed for the behavioral evaluation and threat assessment team, and co-supervised residence life functions; at the University of Colorado Boulder where she managed off-campus student behavior cases and the student conduct hearing and appeals boards; and performed student conduct work at both Oregon State University and Central Washington University.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Central Washington University and a Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. Creighton is a doctoral candidate in higher education and student affairs leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. She has researched medical marijuana and the college campus, concealed weapons policies on higher education campuses, and social media and academic success. She is writing her dissertation on liminal space, risky behavior, and study abroad.
As Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students at Babson College, Lawrence Ward provides strategic direction for a transformative student experience that supports students’ academic, social, professional, and cultural development and personal well-being. As the College’s chief student affairs officer, he provides leadership and oversight for the following areas: Athletics, Community Standards, Graduate Student Affairs, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, Housing and Residence Education, and Student Engagement. As the Dean of Students, he also serves as the focal point for students in crisis and other student-related emergencies.
Larry is widely respected for his ability to build authentic, supportive, and impactful connections with students, faculty, and staff. In particular, his leadership philosophy is grounded in an intrinsic interest and commitment to helping individuals and organizations reach their maximum potential for success.
Prior to joining Babson College in 2014, Larry served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business, where he led all graduate and undergraduate degree programs and related student services including admissions, academic advising, career services, global learning programs, student activities, leadership development, and student conduct. He also has private-sector experience as managing director at PRS, Inc., an organizational development consulting firm and as an account executive for Aetna, Inc. Larry earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tanya Jachimiak, JD is the Director of Wake Forest University’s Title IX Office and Wake Forest’s Title IX Coordinator. Prior to joining Wake Forest in 2014, Tanya served as the Executive Associate Director of the Office for Access and Equity at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Earlier in her legal career, Tanya practiced employment law, spending over a decade representing both employees and employers in individual cases as well as class action litigation. Tanya obtained her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law in 1998 and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.