By: Connor Jones
The Dalton Institute, hosted by Florida State University, is a unique opportunity to interact with other Student Affairs practitioners investigating issues regarding college student values and ethics. When the first call for presentations went out, I knew I had to be a part of it. As a first-year Master’s student in the Higher Education program I felt this would be a good opportunity to present on something interesting while gaining practical experience I could use in the future. So with that in mind I approached another first-year in the program, Darrell Deas, Jr., about presenting at Dalton.
Darrell came around to the idea and proposed an interesting idea for our presentation. What if we incorporated the (at the time) recent Disney movie, Zootopia, into our presentation? With that, and our decision to focus on Consciousness of Self from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, our presentation started to take shape. Our presentation was titled, So You Want to Be a Bunny Cop: Using Consciousness of Self to Create a more Inclusive Campus Environment, and was accepted for a presentation slot at the Dalton Institute.
Of course, I got the flu two days before we were scheduled to present but with the support of my presentation partner (and just like…all of the DayQuil) we were still able to pull it off. We incorporated clips from the film to illustrate moments of Consciousness of Self, then connected it back to tools that Student Affairs practitioners can use to help the students they work with become more conscious of self. The feedback we got at the end was positive and presenting at the Institute was a great experience. I would highly recommend this for other Master’s students looking to gain experience presenting at a conference in the future (also if you have not seen Zootopia, go watch it on Netflix right now, it is awesome).
Connor Jones is a first-year Master's student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Connor came to Florida State after completing his undergraduate work at Boise State University and holds professional interests in civic engagement, service-learning, technology, spirituality, leadership development, and student activities. He definitely got pumped up for his presentation by listening to Joe Esposito's You're the Best Around, from the Karate Kid soundtrack.