Graduate Student Affairs Conference

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November 17, 2018
Kent State University
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For Graduate Students, By Graduate Students 

The Graduate Student Affairs Conference (GSAC) is a day-long conference put on by graduate students, for graduate students that strives to increase networking between rising student affairs professionals while encouraging the exploration of a variety of functional areas. The conference will also provide graduate students the opportunity to propose presentation topics and gain experience facilitating in a conference setting.

The cost for attending GSAC is broken down below:

$25 Current graduate student members of OCPA attending an institution in the state of Ohio
$25 Out-of-state graduate students
$40 Non-members of OCPA attending an institution in the state of Ohio

Conference Schedule



1 hour

Opening Note


30 minutes  

Breakout Session #1


40 minutes

Breakout Session #2


40 minutes



45 minutes



30 minutes

Functional Area Roundtables


1 hour

Breakout Session #3


40 minutes  

Roundtable Discussion


1 hour



20 minutes

Keynote Speaker
Michael Daniels
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Michael Daniels currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Student Multicultural Center at Kent State University. Michael began his career at Kent State University as the Program Coordinator in August 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Carroll University in 2012 and his Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University in 2015. Michael is currently enrolled fulltime as a 2nd year PhD student in the Higher Education Administration program at Kent State University.

In addition to serving as the Assistant Director of the SMC, Michael also served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. In 2016, Michael was awarded advisor of the year for his role as the advisor of the Male Empowerment Network. Michael is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and currently serves as the undergraduate advisor for the Gamma Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Beyond his experience in higher education, Michael proudly serves his community through mentoring and youth development programs such as Youth for Christ and the Upward Bound Mentoring Program. Michael’s passion is connecting with young people and assisting them in realizing their dreams while supporting them to become their best selves.

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