Turner Selected for Prestigious Housing and Residence Life Conference

Posted on 1/27/2017 3:41:57 PM

Malaika Turner to participate in housing conferenceMalaika Turner, the associate director of IUP’s Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, was recently selected to participate in the 20th annual Regional Entry-Level Institute, to be held this spring in Amherst, Massachusetts.

According to its website, the RELI “is an intensive professional development seminar featuring a range of activities for entry-level professionals who aspire to mid-level positions in residence life and beyond.”

It will be held May 30 to June 1 at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Turner’s application was accepted by the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers.

“My supervisor made me aware of this opportunity,” Turner said, “and after doing a little research of what it entailed, I realized that the attendees would really benefit from my experience in residence life, along with my love for motivating others.”

Turner will present on resident education and student behavior, and she will mentor three professionals.

“Malaika is uniquely qualified to serve as both an instructor and as a mentor,” said Sondra Dennison, IUP’s executive director of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining. “(She) has a strong reputation as someone who can build bridges between constituencies within the Division of Student Affairs, at the institutional level and regionally. She is an in-demand speaker, and she is quick on her feet.”

Turner said she hopes to gain some insight into continuing her career in higher education with an eye on someday working in the classroom.

“One day I hope to teach on the college level, so I think this will be a great start,” she said. “This may also open up opportunities to serve as a faculty member at a national institute. One of the best parts is that I get to mentor young professionals, and that just feeds the motivator in me.”