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WCPA Talks

At the 2013 Fall Conference, WCPA began WCPA Talks.  WCPA Talks is designed to give conference attendees a change to hear multiple dynamic and engaging speakers, rather than just one keynote.

The 2016 WCPA Talks speakers and bios are listed below.  Be sure to also look for them throughout the conference to say hello!

More information will be posted shortly, so keep checking back for additional updates!

Dr. Gavin Luter


Executive Director

Wisconsin Campus Compact

Making Civic Connections: Linking Academic and Student Affairs to Advance a Healthy Democracy

Can student affairs professionals help advance the civic mission of higher education? In this presentation, Dr. Gavin Luter, Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact, argues YES.  But it can’t happen in isolation.  Student affairs practitioners have many opportunities to engage individual students in discussions about their responsibility to broader society both during and after college.  Individual discussions and “teachable moments” are not enough.  In this presentation, Gavin introduces WCPA members to a variety of frameworks and action steps about how they can be connect with academic affairs, and members of the broader community, in strengthening the civic mission of higher education.  WCPA members will also learn about activities happening institutions across the state where they can meaningfully be involved in efforts to encourage students to be thoughtfully-engaged citizens.    

Gavin Luter received his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Buffalo in September of 2015, with a cognate in higher education.  He holds a Master’s of Science degree in the Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Public and Non-Profit Management.

While pursuing his doctorate, he published several peer-reviewed articles and served as guest editor of a peer-reviewed academic journal on community-school-university partnerships and the intersection of school reform and neighborhood development.   Later this year, Gavin will have a publication coming out in the journal Metropolitan Universities on place-based school reform and the implications for universities.  In his work with the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies, Gavin served as the education planning director of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhood initiative.  Gavin also oversaw the Center’s neighborhood development internship program.  At the United Way of Greater Knoxville, Gavin managed a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation regional teacher effectiveness advocacy and coalition-building grant project.  At the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s (UTK) Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Gavin developed and coordinated an undergraduate student living-learning community experience for students interested in public service and civic engagement.

Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson


Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is an educator focused on creating a society that values, supports, and loves people from all diverse identities. His work spans many identities and digs deep into issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, religious communities, and people of color. Joshua’s diverse background and passion for social justice fuels his work as he has served in student affairs, the classroom, and community non-profit organizations. Through dynamic workshops, inspirational presentations, and writing new literature, Joshua hopes to create hope for those marginalized and inspire allies to take action.

Yolanda Medina

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs

Carroll University 

Robin Jens

Assistant Dean of Student Services

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee