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2021 Student Life Summit

Feeling Settled in an Unsettled World.
February 11, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In the midst of unprecedented times, our personal and professional lives have been significantly disrupted. As we go into a new year, this conference will serve as an opportunity to step back, reflect, and learn new strategies and skills for taming our ‘new normal’.


Presentation proposals are due January 10 at 11:59 p.m.
Selection decisions and notifications will be made by January 15.

Submit your presentation proposal.

This event is virtual. We invite all UT staff to join us, and registration is free. Zoom information will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

New to Zoom? OIT has a Getting Started tip sheet to help you.


Juan Mendizabal

Keynote Speaker

Juan Mendizabal (he/him/his) is an educator whose work focuses on the intersection of holistic wellness, leadership development, and social justice. After years of debating whether to leave higher education to become a therapist or to stay and integrate wellness into his work, Juan chose the latter, discovering peace through centering healing practices in his everyday Student Affairs role. His ultimate professional intention is to challenge the oppressive legacy of higher education by queering learning spaces into spaces of liberation. Juan’s graduate work at Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Pittsburgh, and Appalachian State University have afforded him a meaningful interdisciplinary approach to education and wellness.

Juan currently serves as the Assistant Director for Leadership Education and Development at Appalachian State University, where he coordinates co-curricular leadership programs and teaches courses focused on social change and wellness, including a Student Affairs graduate course about wellness issues in the profession. Juan also develops curriculum for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), serves as a Co-Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, and facilitates mindfulness courses as a certified teacher through Duke University’s Center for Koru Mindfulness. His previous Student Affairs roles have involved community engagement and secular spiritual development.

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker
9:00-9:50 a.m. – Breakout Sessions #1
10:00-10:50 a.m. – Breakout Sessions #2
11:00-11:50 a.m. – Breakout Sessions #3