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DJ Hardwick

Higher Education Student Affairs Practitioner & Scholar



DJ Hardwick is a higher education and student affairs administration graduate student at the State University of New York College at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Additionally, he is a graduate assistant coordinating leadership development and student engagement programs for approximately 7,000 college students.
DJ is passionate about creating inclusive, engaging, and welcoming environments for students navigating post-secondary education.

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ABOUT

DJ Hardwick is a higher education and student affairs administration graduate student at the State University of New York College at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Additionally, he is a graduate assistant coordinating leadership development and student engagement programs for approximately 7,000 college students. DJ is passionate about creating inclusive, engaging, and welcoming environments for students navigating post-secondary education.

DJ brings several years of student affairs experience in a variety of functional areas including orientation, campus activities, assessment, and strategic planning. Previously, he gained experience at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of California Merced.

DJ is a professional member of the National Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL), and The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

DJ has several research interests including the impact of queer temporality and heterosexual chrononormativity on success for LGBTQIA+ students, first generation student support, and leadership development for historically marginalized student populations.

EDUCATION
2018-2022

University of Nebraska at Kearney

General Studies, B.G.S.

Coursework: event planning, human resource management, counseling, marketing, and communications

2022-2024

SUNY Buffalo State College

Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, M.S.

Coursework: student development, research, assessment, counseling and advising, diversity and inclusion, law and policy.

AWARDS
Teamwork Excellence Award
UNK Staff Senate / 2022

Legacy of Leadership Award
UNK Applauding Excellence Committee / 2022

Outstanding Senior Award
UNK Alumni Association / 2022

First Generation Trailblazer Award
UNK First Generation Leadership Board / 2021

Student Employee Rookie of the Year Award
UNK Applauding Excellence Committee / 2021

Golden Loper Award
UNK Student Affairs Division / 2021
FEATURED CONTENT
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FBLA-PBL Farewell | 59:10
"Hope is in tomorrow, but reality is now"
UNK senior DJ Hardwick pays it forward
by supporting fellow Lopers

"Hardwick is always looking for ways to
improve the student experience at UNK"
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First-Gen student organization
creates a badge of honor at UNK

"Hardwick is soft-spoken, yet his words carry the kind of
weight that causes people to pause and listen intently"
Bringing Life to CTE through CTSOs | 1:20
"Developing students into career-minded
youth leaders through CTSOs"