Student Success Forum on Neurodivergence

Date: May 6, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Hamline University

Interested staff and faculty at Council member institutionsare invited to the May 6 Student Success Forum on supporting neurodivergent studentsThere is no cost to participate, and lunch will be provided.

The event will include:


A keynote with Eric Ringgenberg, education program director at the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). His session will focus on increasing understanding of neurodiversity and autism and include support strategies. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and a Master of Arts in Special Education- Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of St. Thomas. He has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum in multiple settings and capacities as well as delivering trainings on a range of topics, including to higher education audiences.


Time for attendees to connect with peers and work through some small group discussion questions as well as a large group debrief. We’re working with the leadership of the Minnesota chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) to facilitate the conversation.


A panel of speakers will address opportunities for supporting students. (As we finalize additional speakers and panelists, we’ll update information online.)

  • Jessica Auel, Mental Health Therapist in the Counseling Center, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Kami Norland, Faculty Member, MCAD, and Interim Director of MCAD’s Master of Arts in Creative Leadership

These in-person professional development sessions were held for several years before the pandemic for interested staff at private nonprofit colleges in Minnesota. We’re restarting the forums with a focus on mental health. These forums have involved providing a broad cross section of interested staff with a worthwhile session, offered at no cost and of interest to a broad group of staff from the institutions. Staff at the Minnesota Private College Council rely on the advice of a group of campus staff to guide the planning.

2024 planning group members

  • Linda Baughman, Dean of Students, University of St. Thomas
  • Rosalyn Eaton, Dean of Students, St. Olaf College
  • Jim Howley, Director of Accreditation and Assessment, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Heide Malat, Director of Counseling, St. Catherine University
  • Andrea Marshall, Program Director of Wellness and Health Promotions, St. Olaf College
  • Ellie Olson, Director, Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg University
  • Megan Ruble, Associate Dean of Students, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Beth Stockinger, Director of Student Counseling and Wellness, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Jen Zuccola, Vice President & Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs, Minneapolis College of Art and Design


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Questions and feedback

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