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Institute for Aspiring SSAOs™

November 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - November 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT

2023 Institute for aspiring ssaos

exploring underrepresented identities and career paths

1-4 November 2023 // Washington, DC

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.

A strong candidate for the ACPA Aspiring SSAO will possess:

  • At least five years of increasingly responsible management and/or leadership experience, which includes at least three years of supervisory experience. 
  • At least two years serving at the Associate Vice President/Chancellor or Director level.
  • Experience in building and leading co-curricular programs and services.


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William Franklin

he, him, his // California State University, Dominguez Hills

Dr. Franklin holds a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with an emphasis on Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University.  Dr. Franklin is the Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is the former Associate Vice President of Student Success.  Dr. Franklin leads divisional planning and policy formulation and collaborates with the broader campus community and the South Bay community on equity, access, student learning, assessment, retention, and graduation issues.  While at CSU Dominguez Hills, Dr. Franklin has secured over $50 million in federal, corporate, and private grants to design and implement student success initiatives for low-income, first-generation students of color.  Dr. Franklin was an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and an Associate Professor of Human Development at the Center of Collaborative Education and Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay.  Dr. Franklin was honored in 2015 with The Wang Family Excellence Award. The award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding administrator who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Dr. Franklin was awarded the Outstanding Administrator out of the 23 campuses in the CSU.  Dr. Franklin also received the NIMH Family Research Consortium III Post-Doctoral Fellowship and served as a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Franklin’s research focuses on risk and resilience in young African American and Latinx adolescents. He specifically examines individual variations in response to risk factors and the antecedents and correlates of healthy outcomes in individuals whose “lifespace” in low-income, urban environments pose heightened risks.  For his work in this area, he received the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.

Before transitioning to Stanford, Dr. Franklin completed graduate studies in Educational Psychology and attained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Northridge.  His teaching interests include adolescent development, child development, the Black family, early childhood themes and life cycle issues, Black and Latinx males, teenage risk and resilience, juvenile justice, and positive youth development.  Dr. Franklin founded one of the nation’s most successful young men of color initiatives, called the Male Success Alliance.  Dr. Franklin is the founder of one of the most successful young males of color initiatives in the nation, called the Male Success Alliance. He is also the co-Principal Investigator for the 23-campus, systemwide initiative called the California State University Young Males of Color Consortium.

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Luoluo Hong

she, her, hers // Georgia Institute of Technology

The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Luoluo (pronounced “lō-lō”) Hong joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as the inaugural Vice President for Student Engagement & Well-Being on August 1st, 2021. To this role, Luoluo brings over 30 years of experience in higher education spanning seven campuses. She came to the Institute from the California State University system where she served for seven years – first as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator at San Francisco State University (2014-2019) and then as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management in the System Office (2019-2021).

She was also Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaiˈi at Hilo from 2008-2014, where she concurrently took on the role of acting Athletic Director for one and a half years. Luoluo began her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a health promotion professional (1992-2000). Other senior administrative roles have included Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students at Shepherd College (2000-2002); Dean of Students at the University of WisconsinMadison (2002-2005); and Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University (2005-2007).

At all but one 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 an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education at UH Hilo. In Fall 2022, Luoluo started teaching a 250-student lecture for APPH 1040: The Scientific Foundations of Health – a course which is required of all Georgia Tech students in order to graduate; she received an adjunct appointment as Professor of the Practice in the School of Psychology in January 2023.

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 public health, social justice, student success, and leadership, Luoluo has delivered over 3,300 presentations, keynoted over 80 conferences and meetings, and authored several book chapters. Formerly a consulting editor for the Journal of American College Health (2000-2008) and recognized as a Fellow by the American College Health Association in 2006, Luoluo is the faculty coordinator for the American College Personnel Association’s Aspiring SSAO Institute and is a member of the Women’s Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education. She also completed a term as chair for the Pacific West Athletic Conference from 2011-2013.

An alumna member of the Delta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, Luoluo has volunteered with numerous rape crisis centers across the US and with Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce of East Hawaiˈi Island; she also served on the Board of Trustees for the California Historical Society. Luoluo is the proud parent of two rambunctious felines: a highly talkative blue point Siamese kitten named Jorah Mormont and a six-year old flame point Siamese mix who loosely answers to Daario Naharis and believes he is a dog. Luoluo can occasionally be found masquerading as a level 70 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.

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November 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EDT
November 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT
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Washington, DC
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