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Institute for Aspiring SSAOs™

November 1 @ 2:00 pm - November 4 @ 6:00 pm EDT

2023 Institute for aspiring ssaos

exploring underrepresented identities and career paths

ACPA is proud to offer this exciting professional development event for those who are considering a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) role as a future career goal. The ACPA Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths will explore ways in which our diverse backgrounds (such as gender identity and presentation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical/cognitive qualities) impact our move to and experience within an SSAO role. A faculty team of seasoned and diverse SSAOs from various types of institutions will lead participants in an introspective and intimate journey through six key questions:

  • What is your path?
  • What is this role?
  • Who are you?
  • What can you do?
  • Where should you serve?
  • What do you need?

This unique professional development experience will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on their personal identities, vocational purpose, and professional competencies through guided reflection and meaningful conversations in small and large group formats. Those who have already committed to the goal of serving as an SSAO, as well as those who are simply contemplating it, will benefit from the chance to think deeply and critically about that possibility with the assistance of experienced SSAO mentors. This institute will make you a stronger candidate for an SSAO position and more professionally grounded when serving in this leadership role.


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Luoluo Hong

she, her, hers // San Francisco State University

The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Luoluo (pronounced “lō-lō”) Hong is a passionate and energetic educator, leader and student advocate who initiated her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1992-2000).  She joined the executive leadership team of San Francisco State University as the Vice President for Student Affairs as of May 1, 2014.  Prior to SF State, beginning January 2008, Luoluo served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaiˈi at Hilo, where she concurrently took on the role of Acting Athletic Director for one and a half years through 2009.  Other senior administrative roles have included Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students at Shepherd College (2000-2002); Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002-2005); and Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University (2005-2007). 

At each campus where she has worked, Luoluo has taught undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and been an affiliated faculty member in a variety of disciplines, including Kinesiology, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Psychology, and Criminal Justice & Criminology.  Luoluo was also a tenure-track Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy.

Luoluo holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Research from LSU in Baton Rouge.  A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Luoluo has delivered over 2,200 presentations and keynoted over 40 conferences and meetings.  Formerly a consulting editor for the Journal of American College Health, Luoluo sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Center for Scholarship, Research & Professional Development for Women and on the Women’s Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group.  She also just completed a term as chair-designee for the Pacific West Athletic Conference from 2011-13.

An alumna member of the Delta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, Luoluo has volunteered with numerous rape crisis centers across the country and with Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce in the East Hawaiˈi Island community.  Luoluo is the proud parent of two rambunctious felines: a seven-year old orange tabby named Phoenix and a one-year old Siamese mix who loosely answers to Comet.  Luoluo can occasionally be found masquerading as a level 90 human warlock in World of Warcraft.

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Dwayne Todd

he, him, his // Ohio Weslyan University

Dwayne Todd is the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success and Dean of Students at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he provides executive leadership for a talented team of colleagues working in community service learning, career services, counseling services, health services, multicultural affairs, orientation and new student programs, public safety, residential life, retention initiatives, student involvement, and student conduct processes. Additionally, he serves as OWU’s Title IX Officer.  Dr. Todd previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Columbus College of Art & Design, where he invested 15 years to build a comprehensive student affairs program for the institution.  Dr. Todd also served in various student affairs roles at Texas Christian University and was the Assistant Chairman of the MBA program at Franklin University. His career spans more than 22 years of work as a passionate advocate for student learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and vibrant institutional environments.

Dr. Todd received his BM in Music from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, his MDiv from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his PhD in Higher Education Administration at The Ohio State University.  He has served in a number of leadership roles with ACPA – College Student Educators International (a comprehensive student affairs association with approximately 7,000 members worldwide), including five years in various Governing Board positions.  He currently serves as a President-Elect of the ACPA Foundation and Chair for the ACPA Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers.  Dr. Todd is also a Past President of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA), and is a member of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association for College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), and the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).

Application Information

Applications are reviewed on a rolling timeline. Interested professionals should submit their application to the Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute by 31 August for priority review. It is encouraged that interested individuals submit their applications early as there is limited space.

Applications will open in May and are processed on a rolling basis as space remains available for the program. Apply early to secure your spot!

Registration Rates

If you are notified that you have been accepted into the Institute you may register via the link provided in the Acceptance Notification.


Before 29 September 2023                      After 29 September 2023

$395                        $495

membership must be active through 4 November 2023

Before 29 September 2023                      After 29 September 2023

$595                        $695

become a member of ACPA to save $200 on your registration price!

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing at ACPA by September 29, 2019. After September 29, 2019, there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of US $50 for returned checks. Registrations are non-transferable. The conference may be canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies.

hotel Information

Hotel Information will be shared with accepted participants in acceptance notifications.


November 1 @ 2:00 pm EDT
November 4 @ 6:00 pm EDT
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