12th Annual NVU Student
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Craig Bidiman is originally from Oregon, where he spent the first 25 years of his life. After six years of college, he obtained two Bachelor of Arts degrees (B.A. in English & B.A. in Education with a minor in creative writing) from Oregon State University. While in Oregon, he was involved in the D.I.Y. concert scene, queer activism, and ate a lot of brunch.
Eventually, Craig moved to Massachusetts to pursue a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This was the fresh start on life that he needed to discover his true passion in life - wellness education.
Craig is now a mental health and sexual health educator by profession, which is a lot of fun! He works at the University of Massachusetts-Boston as the Health Education and Wellness Promotion Specialist within University Health Services where he has the opportunity to speak with college students on a daily basis about how to manage and take care of their mental health, sexual health, and overall wellness.
And by trade, Craig is a spoken word artist, musician, painter, public speaker, nonprofit owner, and amateur podcast host. Yes, he does all of those things. You can listen to his podcast, the eduPUNX podcast, listen to his spoken wordcore music, check out his nonprofit - the Art of Survival, or commission a painting. You can follow him on Twitter @CrigBididman.
Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida.
Amma is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog (“The Dedicated Amateur”), and is a regular contributor to Wiley’s Women in Higher Education newsletter, comedy criticism website The Interrobang, and Crowdcentric’s Social Media Week. She is also the author of three books:
Amma is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, group dynamics, creativity, and incorporating your values into your work and larger goals. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Ovia Health, and General Assembly.
She is an outspoken advocate for creativity, believes strongly in the power of humor, and looks forward to helping you find the way you live and work best. Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.