Community Colleges

Community Colleges are unique institutions that meet a plethora of needs in higher education.  This four-day track will focus on issues specific to open enrollment institutions, such as threat assessment vs. care teams, student mental health, classroom management, criminal history review, branding and marketing conduct services to campus, training faculty and staff, and developing academic integrity resources.

 

Presenters

 

Joe DiMaria: Track Coordinator – Joe has twelve years of experience in the field of student conduct and currently serves as the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts where he is the institution’s chief student conduct officer and chair of the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team. In this role, Joe is also the student grievance officer and Title IX co-investigator for cases involving students. He firmly believes in the principles of restorative justice and the transformative power of an educational approach to student conduct interventions. Joe routinely collaborates with faculty and staff to identify and address student issues while balancing support with accountability.

 

Prior to joining Massasoit Community College, Joe was the inaugural Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he led the University in the planning efforts related to transitioning from a commuter to a residential institution. Additionally, he was part of the Residence Life team at Tulane University in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina where he assumed a leadership role in campus evacuation, rebuilding, and renewal efforts.

 

Committed to naming and dismantling barriers to access in education, Joe is passionate about social justice and the pursuit of equity on campus. He regularly presents on racial justice issues, specifically the discipline gap, cultural dissonance, systems of white supremacy, and implicit bias. Joe received his juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law where he was a fellow in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, a legal clinic committed to researching and supporting policy initiatives to address anti-civil rights violence and other miscarriages of justice in the United States between 1930 and 1970. He also received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire.

 

When he is away from the office, Joe enjoys taking day trips with his husband, hosting board game nights, making music, and spending time with his dogs.