Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms


Using SAMHSA’s Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach as a framework, this workshop will review the definition of trauma, including collective trauma and the pandemic, and explore the symptoms of trauma and how they may appear in the classroom. Participants will leave with strategies to apply the key principles in the classroom to support a trauma-sensitive classroom community that includes all students.

This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators, those who may be familiar with trauma-informed approaches, and those who are just beginning to learn. 

Please share this invite with interested colleagues. 
This event is fully virtual.



Dr. Susan M. Hildenbrand
Workshop Presenter & Facilitator
Dr. Susan M. Hildenbrand

Susan M. Hildenbrand (shildenbrand@sjf.edu), Ed.D, is an Associate Professor in the Inclusive Education Department in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher University.  Dr. Hildenbrand graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Elementary Education, DePaul University with an M.Ed. in Reading and Learn

ing Disabilities, and the University of Rochester with a doctorate in Teaching and Curriculum.  Before working in higher education preparing preservice teachers for inclusive settings, she taught for ten years in general and special education elementary classrooms. 

Dr. Hildenbrand teaches courses on the special education process, inclusive practices, and family/school partnerships. She is a co-author of the textbook, Picture Inclusion! Snapshots of Successful Diverse Classrooms (2019).

Dr. Hildenbrand facilitates professional learning with in-service teachers, and through community grant funding has trained over 300 area educators on brain research and trauma-sensitive pedagogy and practices.  Dr. Hildenbrand is also a co-primary investigator and researcher on an NSF grant for Noyce Scholars, implementing trauma-sensitive strategies and their impact on the Scholars’ future practice.

Dr. Hildenbrand’s research interests include creating trauma-sensitive school communities, positive classroom management strategies, and co-teaching in the inclusive classroom. 


CLAC 101: Building Learning Environments to Support Belonging


October 26, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join UNYCC colleagues for an interactive and informative workshop that provides an introduction to Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) as well as the various ways CLAC pedagogies can support practitioners as they respond to ongoing challenges facing higher education, including:

  • Repurposing the humanities for greater relevance and innovation
  • Increasing students’ engagement and sense of belonging
  • Enriching social justice perspectives in teaching/learning 
  • Overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations
  • Reimagining and sustaining study abroad programs
  • Leveraging the full benefit of hybrid classrooms, virtual exchange, and online technologies

This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators, those who may be familiar with CLAC, and those who are just learning about CLAC. 

Fall Focus 2022


Enhancing campus wellness Through Collaborative Opportunities


28 October 2022


Pandemic disruptions, and growing political and social tensions, have only exacerbated the mental health “crisis” in higher education.  Join your colleagues from across the region to discuss the current situation and the future of campus mental health and wellness. 

During this remotely-delivered Fall Focus 2022 we will hear from higher education professionals as they help us:

  • Gain a better understanding of the national, state, and local situation.  
  • Learn about innovative approaches for promoting campus well-being.
  • Strengthen your campus community’s ability to meet its mental health needs.
  • Work together as a UNYCC community to help students thrive.

Sessions are interactive and are appropriate for all higher education professionals.

*This UNYCC event is virtual and offered at no charge to members. Registration is required. 

Virtual College & University Breakfast Series

Please join us as we collaborate with The Bonadio Group for an interactive and informative discussion focused on:

  • Higher Ed Industry Updates
  • Accounting Updates
  • Reporting Updates & Preparing for the Single Audit/HEERF
  • Key Performance Metric Dashboard 

Questions will be encouraged during the presentation via the chat feature.

Two hours of CPE credit will be offered for this event. Full details here. 

Mental Health First Aid

The Upstate New York College Collaboration (UNYCC) invites you and your colleagues to attend a Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education.  

Description: This 8-hour certification is appropriate for Students, Faculty, RAs, Campus Safety, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid advisors, Coaches, Athletic Personnel, Administrators, Librarians, and other higher education professionals. 

The sessions will include: 

  • A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health.
  • A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by higher education professionals responding to students.
  • Applying the action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, administration, and students.
  • A review of the mental health resources available on campus and through partnerships in the community.

Northeast College of Health SciencesJune 9 & 10 (8:00-12:30)
SUNY- BrockportJune 16 & June 17 (8:00-12:30)
Le Moyne CollegeJune 22 (8:30-5:00)

Seats are available on a “first come first served” basis. Spaces are limited. The registration deadline is June 6, 2022 


UNYCC & BKD Spring Event

Join with UNYCC colleagues as BKD Trusted Advisors™ provide insights to help higher education institutions navigate current challenges. This free event is CPE-eligible and will include topics such as cybersecurity trends, GLBA updates, and managing financial health.


Mar 14, 2022
 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Building Capacity for Times of Trauma


Date: November 16, 2021

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Join with UNYCC colleagues from around the region as we discuss an innovative strategy for building responses to critical incidents across all of our campuses.

Rebecca Kieffer, Director of the Health and Wellness Center at St. John Fisher College will share details about UNYCC’s partnership with The Consortium on Trauma, Illness, and Grief (TIG), a K-12 program with 20 years of experience preparing school staff and districts to understand, intervene and support students when needs arise related to trauma, violence, illness, and death.  

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Target audience includes facilities, sustainability, advancement, financial aid, purchasing and financial management


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