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This fast-paced show drops listeners into a compelling conversation about higher education. In Your Element asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education.

Christina Ferrari, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Columbia University, sits down with host Eric Stoller to chat about the biggest challenges and innovations happening in higher ed. Together they discuss:

  • How the shift to virtual events has changed the future of student engagement.
  • The need for robust student activities and connections for graduate students.
  • What can institutions do to ensure students are aware of engagement opportunities both in-person and online?
  • Can online and virtual settings facilitate engaging development experiences?


About the Podcast

Eric Stoller


Eric Stoller

Eric Stoller is the former Vice President of Product Strategy at Element451—an advanced student engagement CRM available, providing higher ed institutions with a competitive admissions advantage from recruitment to enrollment. You may know Eric from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, speaking engagements, or consulting work around digital engagement. He’s always loved doing marketing and public relations but never wanted to work for an agency. However, Eric’s experiences in student development services at the University of Illinois Chicago and enrollment management + academic advising at Oregon State University cemented his interest in the intersection of technology, student success, and digital engagement. Eric has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Oregon State University, and an honorary doctorate in coffee drinking.

Christina Ferrari


Christina Ferrari

Christina Ferrari is a student affairs professional currently working at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She oversees student engagement opportunities including student leadership programs, 25 student organizations, service-learning initiatives, and interprofessional education opportunities for over 1,500 graduate students. Christina is also in the Executive MBA Program at Columbia Business School, and holds a Masters of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in English from DePaul University. She is passionate about the role of technology in higher education, specifically creating innovative ways of connecting students to each other and the world around them.

In Your Element

All things higher ed from application to graduation and beyond.

In Your Element host Eric Stoller from Element451 asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education. His five-question format gets to the heart of what’s happening in each guest’s corner of higher education. The unifying theme: how do we all rally around students’ needs to help them succeed?

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