Over the last twenty years, researchers have discovered cultural and societal changes have impacted the way individuals develop from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. No longer are young adults reaching the legal age of adulthood and immediately taking on the responsibilities associated with being an adult. Instead, we are now seeing a transitional period in which young people may be considered "emerging adults". These individuals, between the ages of 18-25, experience prolonged cognitive and emotional growth, as well as a marked period of identity development impacting the relationships, world views, and educational/vocational choices they make.
This session will review the theoretical background of "emerging adulthood", as well as explore some best practices to both assist in the development of our students and young alumni, and help to connect to these individuals in a meaningful and productive manner.
Attendees will learn about the concept of "emerging adulthood" and discuss practical ways to tailor their professional approach to working with individuals within this stage of development.
Amber Jolly currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Leadership for Fraternity & Sorority Life at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her role includes the oversight of fraternity/sorority life as well as the development of student programming designed to build and strengthen an inclusive campus environment.
Annalise Sinclair currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Greek Life at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Her role encompasses everything from overseeing fraternity and sorority life to advising the College's programming and activities board.