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The Housing Hunger Games: Dealing with Communal Expectations and Dialogue in a Digital Landscape

Nicholas-Babarskis-.jpgPresenter: Nicolas Babarskis

Professional Title: Assistant Coordinator- University Housing

Institution: Florida State University

Background Experience: Originally from Chicago, IL, Nic Babarskis spent most of his childhood in West Papua, Indonesia. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (IL) in 2010 and spent two years working at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, before starting his graduate studies at Florida State University in 2012. His interests include policy and governance theory.


Kelvin RutledgePresenter: Kelvin Rutledge

Professional Title: Graduate Assistant, Career Portfolio and First-Year Outreach, FSU Career Center

Institution: Florida State University

Background Experience: Kelvin Rutledge is originally from Fort Campbell, KY. He completed his undergraduate work in sociology and political science at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He is currently a master’s candidate within the higher education program at Florida State University. His interests include social media, career services, multicultural affairs, and assessment.



Campus community engagement is moving inexorably into the digital world. Social media use opens up new possibilities of connection as well as creating new challenges for communal dialogue. The triumphs and failures of student affairs administrators in entering this dialogue will be discussed; an emphasis will be placed on providing workshop attendants tangible steps in fostering healthy and transformative dialogue online.

Important Question Explored: “Is it possible to have a meaningful and transformative dialogue online, or will the threat of online trolls and harassment overwhelm the enormous potential of social media for transmitting information and connecting interested parties in a particular topic?”

Extension of Session Experience: This session will use a case study in using Facebook in a student affairs department. By walking through our experience we hope to draw some conclusions about the best uses of social media from an institutional perspective.