Publications & Presentations

The Student Life staff team actively contributes to the professional discourse related to our work. Have a look at some of our publications and conference presentations.


Smith, N. & Varghese, J. (2016). Role, Impacts, and Implications of Dedicated Aboriginal Space at a Canadian University. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Vol. 53(4).

Thibodeau, S. (2015). Learning Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Brazilian Students in a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution. Masters Thesis. University of Guelph: Atrium.

Doner, J. (2014). "Bridging Student Initiative: The Evolution of Project Serve Day." Col.lab.o.rate. (Issue 4), Guelph Sustainable Solutions Group, Guelph.

Doner, J. & Schnarr, L.  (2014). “Promoting Civic Engagement Through Global Learning Programs:  Strategies for Avoiding the Shadows.” Communique, (Vol. 14, #2), Canadian Association of College & University Student Services.

Smith, N. (2012). A Place where I feel Safe: Reconceptualizing the Aboriginal Resource Centre from the Perspective of Aboriginal University Students. Masters Thesis. University of Guelph: Atrium

Townshend, B. & Schnarr, L. (2011). First-generation students. In S. Gottheil & C. Smith (Eds.), SEM in Canada: Promoting student and institutional success in Canadian colleges and universities. Washington: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Schnarr, L. (2008). "Fanning the Sparks of Inner Possibility: Promoting Youth Civic Engagement on our Campuses," Communique, (Vol. 8, #2), Canadian Association of College & University Student Services.

Schnarr, L. (2006). Fanning the Sparks of Inner Possibility: An Exploratory Study of Youth Civic Engagement. In partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Arts, University of Guelph.

Schnarr, L. (2001). “Developing Non-Hierarchical Leadership on Campus—Case Studies & Best Practices in Higher Education: A Book Review”, Concepts & Connections, (Vol. 9, #3), National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, University of Maryland.

Schnarr, L. (2001). Preparing for Life and Work Beyond University—Module 2: Leadership & Teamwork, Student Life & Career Services, University of Guelph.

Schnarr, L. (1997). “Student Volunteers: Cheap Labour or Integral Members of Our Staff?”, Communique, (Vol. 8, #1), Canadian Association of College & University Student Services.

Schnarr, L. (1996). The Burton-Brown Expedition, Counselling & Student Resource Centre, University of Guelph.

Sumner, J. & Wever, C. (2016). "Pedagogical Encounters: Critical Food Pedagogy and Transformative Learning in the School and Community" in Conversations in Food Studies. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.



Sagnia, Y., Shallard, M. and Wehkamp, C. (2017). Our Stories: How They Impact our Relationships with Students and Colleagues.

Skanks, P., Kinsella, S. and Shallard, M. (2017). Canada’s 150th Birthday in context: What does reconciliation mean for Post-Secondary Institutions in light of this landmark milestone for Indigenous peoples and settlers.

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

Robbins, J., Blackbird, L., Collina, A., Wehkamp, C., Schnarr, L. and Baldwin, R. (2017). Supporting resilience and mental wellness among Indigenous postsecondary students in Southwestern Ontario.

Young, N., Baldwin, R., Wehkamp, C. and Schnarr, L. (2017). Healing and Wellness in Two Worlds: A holistic approach to supporting Indigenous students.


Carter, J., Thibodeau, S. and Wehkamp, C. (2016). My Learning and Growth Were Beneath the Surface and it was Only Through Participating in the Leadership Intensive That My Skills Became Clear.

International Town and Gown Conference 2016

Hofer, K. (2016). Project Safe Semester: 5 weeks of collaboration each fall amongst the City of Guelph, University of Guelph, students and the downtown district to create a safe and enjoyable community for everyone.

Town and Gown Symposium 2016

Hofer, K. and Godfrey, D. (2016). Frontline Successes in Town and Gown Communities.


Doner, J. and Poulin, D. (2015). Certificate in Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship: The 360 Experience.

Carter, J. (2015). Beyond the Barista: What a Partnership Between Student Life and the College of Arts is Hoping to Achieve.  

Carter, J., Schnarr, L., Wehkamp, C. & Poulin, D. (2015). Holistic Student Development and Learning with Student Life at Guelph: An Outside the Classroom Curriculum.
Thibodeau, S. (2015). Advising Student Leaders in a Canadian Context: Exploring Programs and Resouces.
Wehkamp, C. & Smith, N. Journey Towards Mino-Bimaadiziwin: Holistic Support for Aboriginal Learners.

Old University Neighbourhood Residents' Association AGM 2015

Hofer, K. (2015). Trends in Student Rental Housing.


Carter, J. (2014). The Journey from Student Leader to Student Affairs Professional: A New Professional’s Perspective. 

Carter, J. & Peter, C. (2014). Bring it Back to You: Navigating Reflection, Networking and Professional Development for the New Student Affairs Professional.

Doner, J. (2014). Promoting Civic Engagement Through Community Engaged Learning Programs.

Hofer, K. & King, R. (2014). Navigating Town & Gown Relations.

Lusis, T., Munaretto, M., Poulin, D., Schnarr, L., Thibodeau, S. & Wehkamp, C. (2014). Fostering A Culture of Assessment: The Student Life @ Guelph Experience.

Lusis, T., Munaretto, M. & Wehkamp, C. (2014). Intercultural Intersections.

Smith, N. & Carter, J. (2014). Building a Co-curricular Leadership Certificate: Fostering Student Development with Self-Directed Learning.

Thibodeau, S. (2014). Advising Student Leaders in the Canadian Context: A Multi-Pronged Approach.

Thibodeau, S. & Sandor, J. (2014) Maple Syrup and Bacon: Defining Canadian Leadership.

Wehkamp, C. (2014). Honoring Aboriginal Knowledge in our Institutions [90 ideas in 90 minutes].

University of Toronto, New College 2013

Doner, J. (2013). The Now What of Community Engaged Learning: Moving Ahead with Heart, Hope and Humility. University of Toronto, New College. Keynote Address.


Doner, J. (2013). For the Love of Sport: Combining Curricular and Co-curricular Service-learning for a Match Made in Heaven.

Lusis, T. & Wehkamp, C. (2013). The Role of Universities in Promoting Cultural Diversity: A View from Guelph.

Smith, N. (2013). A Place Where I feel Safe: Reconceptualising Space from the Perspective of Aboriginal University Students.

Leadership Educator's Institute 2012, The Ohio State University

Thibodeau, S. & Carter, J. (2012). Being Flexible: Unbending Leadership Certificate Programs.


Wehkamp, C., Smith, N. & Baldwin, R. (2012). Bridging worldviews: A holistic approach to supporting Aboriginal students.

Provincial Liaison Officers' Annual Conference

Schnarr, L.  (2012).  Reach your PoTENtial.  Keynote address.  Guelph-Humber.

ePortfolio Week 

Schnarr, L. (2011).  The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences e-Portfolio:  An Integrated Approach.  University of Guelph.


Munaretto, M. & Townshend, B. (2011). First Year Students Bounce Back.

Routledge, R. & Townshend, B. (2011). Reinventing Men's Helping Roles.

Schnarr, L. (2011). You had me at T-Test: Assessment in Student Affairs.