police-partnershipsfbtwitter-01Building and maintaining strong working relationships between campus police departments and student affairs divisions is critical today, perhaps more than ever before. Partnerships focused on ensuring campus safety and preparing effectively for crises are among the top priorities for proactive collaboration between these two campus units. Yet, the impact of systemic racism in our larger society, combined with a student’s experience and knowledge of law enforcement behaviors from their hometowns, all influence students’ perception of campus police and their level of comfort with presence of law enforcement in their academic environment.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with five individuals who have effectively built partnerships on their campuses to learn about strategies. Joining Heather to discuss this topic are Kendal Washington White, Brian Seastone, Rachel Aho, Denise Maybank, and Florene McGlothian-Taylor (please read their detailed bios below).

Please tune in to this free webcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by visiting watch.higheredlive.com or return to this page at any time to watch the episode archive. No advance registration is required.


Episode Host

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser’s career in student affairs spans 16+ years and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she is a true Student Affairs Generalist. Heather is currently serving as the assistant director of RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment), a living-learning community at Michigan State University while also a full-time doctoral student in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2000. She currently serves as the Director of Membership Development for ACPA-College Student Educators International and blogs for Feminists in Student Affairs. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heathergasser


Kendal Washington White

Kendal Washington White is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Dean of Students at the University of Arizona. Kendal leads the Campus Life area which includes Campus Health, Residence Life, Disability Resources, Student Media, and the Dean of Students Office. The partnership with the University of Arizona Police Department is critical in ensuring that members of our community can effectively and seamlessly engage with law enforcement and administrative procedures.


Chief Brian Seastone

Chief Brian Seastone began his law enforcement career with the Boulder (Colorado) Police Department in 1972 as a high school police “cadet.” In 1974, while in his senior year of high school, the Boulder County Sheriff hired him to manage the evidence/property room. After graduating from Boulder High School, Seastone received extensive training in crime scene investigation and became the Boulder County Sheriff Department’s major crime scene processor. In 1978, Seastone received his law enforcement commission and continued to work in the Detective Bureau until his move to Tucson in 1980. Seastone joined UAPD in October 1980 and attended the Tucson Police Department Training Academy, where he graduated as the honor cadet. During his career at UAPD, he has served in all divisions and capacities within the department. Additionally, Seastone held the position of the department’s Accreditation Manager from 1990-2000, managed the department’s first three accreditation processes, and served as UAPD’s Public Information Officer for many years. Chief Seastone was named the UA’s first Manager of Emergency Preparedness in 2005, a position he still holds in addition to being the Chief of Police. Chief Seastone was sworn in as the University’s Police Chief on March 1, 2014. Chief Seastone is a graduate of the 213th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He has a Master of Education degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. Chief Seastone is the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions from UAPD, the University of Arizona, and other state and national organizations.


Rachel Aho

Rachel Aho serves as the Associate Director of Housing & Residential Education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Rachel’s professional interests include on-boarding, well-being, employee socialization, campus safety, and process development; all areas she presents on regularly at the local, regional, and national level. She is a current faculty member for this year’s AIMHO College, Assembly Leader for ACPA’s Communities of Practice, past NHTI alum, and Past-Chair of the Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness within ACPA.


Sergeant Florene McGlothian-Taylor

Sergeant Florene McGlothian-Taylor has spent over two decades with the MSU Police Department, working to engage the university community in making the campus a better and safer place in which to live and work. She was part of the original committee that created the DPPS Sexual Assault Guarantee and she received a MSU Police Unit Citation; Merit Award and was named “Officer of the Year” by the Red Cedar Optimist Club for opening up community among faculty, staff, and students. Her article on Community Policing and Minorities: Constant Contact Helps Break down Barriers appeared in the National Center for Community Policing newsletter.

Sgt. McGlothian-Taylor received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at MSU, and she was the first African-American female police officer hired by both Michigan State University Police (1990) and the East Lansing Police Department in 1988, where she worked prior to joining MSU. She has taught at Grand Valley State University and has been a featured speaker at a number of national seminars and training conferences. At MSU, her assignments have included Community Policing; Road Patrol Supervisor; Special Events Security Coordinator, Community Team Policing Program Coordinator, Records Manager, Information Officer and, most recently, she was selected to head the police department’s new Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit. She is also an active member of the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, a public service organization.


Dr. Denise Maybank

Denise B. Maybank is the vice president for Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University. She is an advocate for students, focused on promoting learning outcomes while sustaining engaged student experiences.

Dr. Maybank’s career achievements span the areas of administration, consultation, counseling, and education, including teaching graduate courses internationally. A native of New York City, Maybank has a doctoral degree in counseling and school psychology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Prior to returning to her alma mater, she held the position of associate to the president in the University of Nebraska’s central administration.  Dr. Maybank has served on the faculty or as an administrator at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of New Jersey, and the University of Nebraska–Omaha.

Dr. Maybank has held a variety of positions on boards of directors, councils, coalitions, and committees through which she has had the opportunity to serve others. She currently serves as co-chair-elect of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee; commissioner of the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission; and member of the Lansing Community Board of Ele’s Place, a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens, and their families.