Gratitude for Student Learning and Leadership

What impact does gratitude have on us? How can we foster gratitude to foster student learning and success? How can we practice gratitude as student affairs leaders?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with three gratitude practitioners to share what they are learning, practicing, and the impact they see. This free episode will air live on Wednesday, November 13 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

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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.


Lisa Landreman

Dr. Lisa Landreman became the Assistant Vice President and Dean for Student Life in August 2016. Dr. Landreman provides leadership to the Division of Student Life, aimed at supporting students’ well-being and learning outside the classroom and specifically works with the Department of Residence Life and Housing, the Intercultural Center, Spiritual Life, Student Programs and Leadership, Health Education and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.Dr. Landreman’s career in Higher Education spans 25 plus years, most recently as the Associate Dean of Students at Macalester College and an adjunct faculty in the Leadership, Policy & Education Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN. Throughout her career Dr. Landreman has been an active educator on social justice issues in classrooms, in research and scholarship, and throughout student affairs. In 2013 she edited the book, The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections from Social Justice Educators.


Nadia Rosemond

Nadia Rosemond is the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Student Life at University of Toronto Scarborough. Over the last 10 years, she has worked in student housing and residence life, international student services and leadership development at Humber College and U of T. In her current work at UTSC, Nadia oversees strategy, development and implementation of co-curricular programs and international student services. She is passionate about life skills coaching, and responding to the TRC’s calls to action within post-secondary education. Last but not least, Nadia is a proud Guelph Gryphon!


David Hellstrom

David Hellstrom is currently a Teaching Specialist with the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota, as well as serving as Student Advisor or Alumni Coordinator for the Minor. David’s history in the Minor has included collaboration with colleagues to create much of the Leadership curriculum used by the Minor, as well as co-founding the Intentional Emergence model alongside colleague Dr. Linnette Werner. Previous to working for the University of Minnesota, the majority of David’s work was done in public health and student leadership as an educator and campus trainer. David has been lucky enough to present workshops at more than 250 colleges and universities throughout North America. David believes that students are magical creatures who bring courage, innovation and hope to a world in great need of those things. He feels a deep sense of gratitude to be able to work alongside these students. David also has a great love for movies, metaphors and mojitos.