February 12, 2019 1:48 pm


Student Affairs Side Hustles

Student Affairs Side Hustles

Some student affairs professionals are pursuing side hustles. Some folks are pursuing a side hustle in the hopes of turning it into a full-time opportunity, others to complement their primary student affairs role, and others to pursue needed financial resources their student affairs role is not able to offer.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Paul Brown, Amma Marfo, Lauren Tyger, and Michael Benitez about the benefits, downsides, and complexities of student affairs side hustles.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, February 20 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

If you have questions for our panelists, in advance of the episode please email keith@higheredlive.com or tweet @KeithEPhD with your question and Keith will incorporate it into the dialogue. We will also take questions during the episode via the Twitter backchannel at #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Paul Brown

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant and speaker specializing residential curriculum and curricular approaches, and in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media and design. Paul has nearly 20 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs, both as a practitioner and as a faculty member. Paul’s current role is as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research for the higher education technology software company, Roompact. Paul has been recognized multiple times by LinkedIn as a “Top Voice” in education, by SlideShare as a “Keynote Author,” by EdTech Magazine as a top higher education blogger, and by ACPA-College Student Educators International as a Diamond Honoree. Paul has authored and co-authored numerous books and book chapters including a collaboration with Erik Qualman on “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube.” Find out more at www.paulgordonbrown.com and follow along at @paulgordonbrown.


Amma Marfo

Amma is an education, writing, and marketing professional that equips her audiences (on paper and in person alike) to understand creativity, their temperament, and the intersection of comedy and our daily lives. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Ovia Health, the Harvard Club, and General Assembly.


Michael Benitez

A highly sought out speaker and workshop leader at colleges and conferences nationwide, Dr. Michael Benitez, Ph.D., is a nationally-acclaimed scholar practitioner and educator with extensive experience with diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. He is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues ranging social justice education, leadership and identity development, intersectionality, race and ethnic relations, anti-racism, knowledge production, and critical pedagogy and practice in higher education. Dr. Benitez has authored book chapters and articles on student identity, hip hop culture, cultural centers, cultural and ethnic studies, institutional research and campus climates.


Lauren Tyger

Lauren, the hands behind the stitching at Stitch Shop By Tyger, has had the opportunity to work at and learn from both large and small institutions throughout Ohio, Maine, and now Massachusetts. Lauren earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Denison University. She now works in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the Center for Student Engagement overseeing student organizations and club sports.