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2020 Annual Conference - Springfield, Illinois

PDI: Professional Development Institute - Participant Application


Participant application (PDI) 2020

PDI will occur on February 7-9 2020 at  Indiana State University. (The Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the GLACUHO Winter Meeting). The Professional Development Institute will wrap up before the Winter Meeting begins. PDI is fully sponsored by Southwest Contract. Aside from travel expenses, we are able to offer the PDI at no cost to participants this year.

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit a completed application, a current resume, and a letter of support from their current supervisor explaining the candidate's ability to engage in the PDI topics, and what the supervisor hopes the candidate will gain from the PDI. Any questions can be sent to

PDI FAculty and topics for 2019

Marci Walton
Associate Director of Residence Life
Xavier University

Marci is proud to serve the students of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio as the Associate Director of Residence Life. She is thrilled to serve as the returning faculty member for PDI 2020 around the topic of professional resiliency and tactics to become comfortable receiving feedback throughout. She started her career at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, then Santa Clara University in the Bay Area, and served as the Assistant Director of Learning Communities and Academic Support at Loyola University Chicago before landing at Xavier. Currently, Marci manages the residential education aspects of Xavier’s Res Life program in addition to many other duties as assigned.

Marci’s professional involvement started in WACUHO where she helped planned and is a graduate of the 2010 Western Training Institute, which is WACUHO’s equivalent of PDI. She also served as the chair of the Social Media and Communication committee for the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators and has mentored women through the NASPA Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community for the past seven years. Since joining GLACUHO, Marci has served on the Professional Foundations, Social Media and Communications, Contemporary Issues, and Programming and Development committees in addition to the Communication and Marketing Task Force. She will chair the Contemporary Issues committee for the 2020 year. A regular regional and national presenter, Marci has been honored to receive four Top 10 Awards and the 2016 GLASS Award.

Marci has degrees in Early Childhood Education from Wittenberg University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She will graduate with a Master’s degree at Xavier in Human Resource Development in May 2020 to compliment her interests in training, development, and onboarding employees. In her free time, Marci enjoys exploring local cuisine and seeing theatre productions with friends, spoiling her niece, hanging out with her two French Bulldogs, listening to podcasts, and planning her life with her bullet journal.



Lloyd Graham
Assistant Director for Residential Life
Indiana University Bloomington

After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Lloyd Graham has been working full-time as a student affairs practitioner in housing and residence life for approximately ten years. While working as a Resident Director at Georgia Southern University and a Community Director at Clemson University, Lloyd had the opportunity to work with first year and upper division students through two uniquely different residential curricula and to support several populations of people based on social as well as personal identity. Noteworthy experiences during this time for Lloyd also include attending the Social Justice Training Institute, serving on the Sexual Assault Response Team, giving several presentations at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and creating/managing a Communities of Inclusion Program for the residential environment. Currently, Lloyd serves as an Assistant Director for Residential Life at Indiana University and is the Chair for the Inclusion and Equity Committee for GLACUHO. His work as an AD involves in-center residence hall support, promotion of diversity education within the residence halls, and providing opportunities to engage about and across difference for the Res Life department. As a member of the GLACUHO Leadership Team, Lloyd is so excited and humbled to give back to his profession as well as lead others to and through meaningful experiences like the Professional Development Institute. 



Shamika Karikari
Associate Director
Miami University

Shamika Karikari currently works as an Associate Director in the Office of Residence Life at Miami University. With over a decade of higher education experience, Shamika is dedicated to empowering others to use their voice to bring change to the spaces they occupy. Shamika has experience working in residence life, academic support, orientation, and career services. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve students and support them during their collegiate experience. Shamika received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. When not working, Shamika enjoys reading, baking, spending time with her husband and watching sports.

Steve Herndon
Assistant Vice President for Student Development & Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life
The University of Dayton
Steve serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life at The University of Dayton. As the Assistant Vice President, Steve supports the Dean of Students in advocating for student’s academic and personal success. Specifically, he serves as a Title IX investigator and a member of the Division of Student Development’s Campus Awareness, Response and Evaluation Team (CARE), the Dean of Students after hour on - call rotation for crisis management and the University hearing board. As the Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life, Steve oversees a department that houses over 6,500 undergraduate students in traditional residence halls, apartments and 400 university-owned houses and employees 30 full time professional staff, 20 graduate staff and approximately 360 undergraduate student staff. Steve’s other responsibilities include collaborating with his team and campus partners in the development and implementation of the department’s residential curriculum and learning living communities in the residence halls, apartments and student neighborhoods. Prior to Steve’s arrival at the University of Dayton, he worked in University Housing at the University of Arizona and North Carolina State University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English. Steve is a member of the Association of University Housing Officers- international (ACUHO-I), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and ACPA-College Educators International. Since 2015, Steve has served as faculty for ACPA’s Institute on the Curricular Approach. Steve also has served as faculty for GLACUHO’s 2018 Mid- Level Institute and the 2019 James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute.

Nathan Tomson
Assistant Director of Residential Education
Central Michigan University

Nathan is currently the Assistant Director for Residential Education at Central Michigan University. He has over 15 years of experience in residence life and has work as a residence hall director, apartment’s manager, and most recently as an assistant director. His current portfolio includes: residential curriculum, department assessment, living learning communities, and advising the Julie McMahon Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary for the last 15 years.

Nathan holds a BS in athletic training from Indiana State University.  He also received a MA in sport administration and an EdS in higher education from Central Michigan University (CMU). He is currently in his dissertation phase of an EdD in higher education at CMU. His dissertation is centered around the lived experiences of black students in living learning communities at a Midwestern predominately white institution.

Nathan has been active within GLACUHO and ACUHOI since 2004. He spent 10 years on the regional program committee; 12 years on the ACUHOI STARS College Committee; is currently in his third year on the ACUHOI Program Committee and his second year on the ACUHOI Professional Standards Committee.  He was also a faculty member for the 2019 Roelf Visser Student Housing Training Institute in South Africa.

As an inaugural PDI graduate, Nathan is looking forward to giving back to the Institute that laid a strong foundation for his own professional career.



 Applications for PDI 2020 participants will open on Friday, October 18, 2019 and will be due on Monday, December 9, 2019.