Talk Saves Lives: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention




A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention

March 15, 2023


Suicide can be prevented. This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide.  Join UNYCC colleagues to learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and those in our community safe.

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

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Heather Frederick is a licensed mental health counselor and the current Senior Clinical Counselor at Northeast College of Health Sciences.  She has over 15 years of experience in both the mental health and healthcare industries. A committed advocate for mental health and suicide prevention she serves on both the Seneca County Substance Abuse and Seneca County Suicide Prevention coalitions. As a community educator, she has been a Talk Saves Lives trainer since 2018 and a Safe Zone trainer since 2019. She is an active member of the UNYCC Wellness and TIG committees and enjoys collaborating with other professionals to enhance the overall well-being of others both in higher education and local communities.



Becky Kieffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 22 years of experience in the mental health field. Her career in higher education began in 2016 when she returned to her alma mater St. John Fisher.  With a strong focus on mental health, she assisted in addressing increased campus needs, by spearheading efforts to establish Fisher as a JED campus and was instrumental in launching the UNYCC/TIG higher education pilot.  Becky holds a BA in Psychology from St. John Fisher and an MA in Clinical/Medical Social Work from Syracuse University.

2023 Annual Outlook for Higher Education

Feb 28, 2023

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join FORVIS and colleagues from UNYCC as we dive into the 2023 Annual Higher Education Outlook for knowledge about the latest trends and challenges in higher education. Download your complimentary copy and gain valuable insights to help your institution develop a strategy and tactics moving forward.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the trend in leader confidence and their capacity for change
2. Explain revenue and expense management strategies and tactics being used
3. Discuss future industry direction


*1 CPE credit (pending approval) in the Specialized Knowledge field of study may be awarded upon verification of participant attendance, during live broadcast. If you would like information regarding CPE credit, contact​

Personal Perspectives and Practices for Gender Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

February 15, 2023

12:00 – 1:15 PM

Increasing numbers of students, faculty, and staff self-identify as transgender, gender non-binary, and/or gender diverse. Creating a sense of belonging for these members of our academic communities requires everyone to be intentional, explicit, and consistent.

This introductory presentation will provide participants with insight into the experiences of people who are gender diverse and suggest actions we can each take to make our campus communities more inclusive and affirming.

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


Jamie MaKinster, Ph.D. is the Senior Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She partners with the leadership team in the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs to advance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities that includes curricular initiatives, evaluation, and assessment, institutional research, the management of specific academic programs, efforts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strategic planning. Jamie has been a faculty member in Educational Studies at HWS for 20 years. Her teaching and scholarship focus on educational leadership, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and issues of gender and gender identity in higher education.


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.

**If you would like to receive a recording of the event, you must register.**

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

Susan M. Hildenbrand (, 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.