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SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - July 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change

Leading with a Racial Justice & Decolonization Lens

16-18 JULY 2024 // WASHINGTON, DC

Increased activism, student demands for more inclusive environments and systemic structures of oppression require 21st century university leaders to be more emotionally intelligent and responsive to emergent campus issues. The times demand courageous leaders.


The workshop will:

  • Identify the knowledge, skill and awareness necessary for culturally competent leadership
  • Deepen emotional intelligence and the capacity to be responsive, empathic and authentic
  • Engage leaders in powerful personal transformation with senior colleagues
  • Provide strategies to help Cabinet level leaders guide their campuses in challenging times 

With greater self-awareness, and facility with the tools to develop a culturally competent response plan, participants will grow in confidence about leading their institutions through challenging times with competence and humanity. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Deeper ability to embrace vulnerability as a skill to engage across difference
  • Enhance skills of introspection as a method of racial healing
  • Identify realistic goals for change at the personal, divisional and institutional levels
  • Deepen one’s skills in leading with a lens of racial inclusion at the forefront


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Dr. jake DIAZ

he/him // University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Jacob Diaz is a proud first generation graduate for whom Southwestern Community College in southeast San Diego cultivated the possibility of a career in higher education and student affairs. He is someone who is reminded by his daughter that what we do in colleges and universities is next generation work.  

Professionally, “Jake” serves as the Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he provides strategic leadership for a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services. He has had the privilege of holding senior leadership roles such as Vice President for Student Development and Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, both at Seattle University. In addition, he has served as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Ethics & Standards at the University of Vermont as well as held positions in Residential Life and in Multicultural Affairs. 

He has presented workshops at numerous regional and national conferences and published on topics such as multicultural competence in student affairs, serving students of color as well as leading inclusive student conduct processes. In addition, he has also served professional associations within higher education, including service as a faculty member with the ACPA Mid Level Managers Institute, National Chair of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, Faculty Member of the NASPA Mid-Level Professionals Institute and Faculty Member of the NASPA Graduate Student & New Professionals Institute.  Dr. Diaz has also served as a consultant and keynote speaker on various campuses throughout the United States. 

He received his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, where he was also a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and was honored as the Doctoral Student of the Year for the work conducted with his dissertation. Dr. Diaz’s dissertation is a narrative account of his journey with racism in higher education and he currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with his partner (a fellow educator) and their daughter.

His Bachelor’s degree in English literature was attained at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Dr. D’Andra Mull

she, her // University of Colorado, Boulder

For more than 20 years, Dr. D’Andra Mull has served the field of higher education and student affairs leading organizations and initiatives that uplift and enable a comprehensively excellent student experience. Throughout her tenure, and beyond the traditional classroom setting, she has sought to create educational environments in which all students can engage, transform and thrive as active citizens in an evolving global society.

Dr. Mull serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), where she leads a division of 30 departments, over 850 staff members, and more than 2,700 student employees. The Division of Student Affairs at CU Boulder crafts a comprehensive student experience through co-curricular programs, supports and services that promote academic achievement, student learning, health and wellness, safety, personal development, and community building as we prepare students for lifelong engagement as global citizens.

Prior to joining CU Boulder, Dr. Mull served as Vice President for Student Life at the University of Florida (UF) leading a team of more than 25 departments committed to developing a robust community for 58,000+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and was responsible for managing a budget of $140 million. As the university’s chief student affairs officer, she developed and oversaw numerous initiatives to enhance students’ sense of belonging, well-being, and career opportunities, creating pathways for student success. As a key executive leader during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mull led collaborations with her divisional team, campus leaders and partners, and the greater Gainesville community to create supportive and innovative structures of support for students and staff.

In addition to her role at the University of Florida, Dr. Mull held numerous executive and senior leadership posts within the Division of Student Life at Ohio State, including serving as Associate Vice and Dean of Students; Assistant Vice President; Chief of Staff; Interim Director for the Multicultural Center; Director for Strategic Partnerships, and Director for Graduate Programs and during her 16-year tenure with the Buckeyes. As a practitioner-scholar, her areas of focus include undergraduate, graduate, and global recruitment and retention, community outreach and engagement, organizational development, student support and success, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. As a member of the graduate faculty for the University of Florida and Ohio State, she has taught courses focused on multiculturalism in higher education and student affairs; service learning and leadership engagement; and the administration of higher education and student affairs. Beyond UF and Ohio State, she has also held student life positions at Kent State and Michigan State University.

Dr. Mull serves on numerous student affairs executive committees for state and national organizations, including the American Association of Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and as a higher education consultant in diversity and inclusion initiatives, organizational strategy and development, and strategic global recruitment and retention efforts.  She has contributed to numerous national and international knowledge communities as an invited speaker, panelist and author. 

Dr. Mull is the recipient of multiple national honors, including the 2022 ACPA Diamond Honoree award for her commitment to the advancement of research, scholarship and programs that uplift college student development and success. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and criminal justice studies from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in higher, adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University.

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Dr. Patty perillo

she, her // University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo has worked at seven institutions of higher learning before returning to her doctoral alma mater to serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) at the University of Maryland (UMD).  Immediately before her arrival at UMD, she served as the VPSA and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech for seven years. She also worked at Davidson College, the State University of New York (Plattsburgh and Albany campuses), UMBC and previously at UMD and the University of Delaware. She has worked in every functional area of student affairs, always focused on building collaborative, learning partnerships with student affairs and academic affairs and creating the conditions for students to thrive. UMD’s lived values of community, service, well-being, inclusion and learning resonate with her deepest values so she feels like she has truly come home.

As a renowned scholar-practitioner for over 30 years, Patty provides leadership and oversight for more than 16 departments and administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs at UMD. With a team of over 4,000 students, faculty and staff, a budget of over $230 million, and responsibility for nearly 50 percent of the campus physical capital, she is committed to ensuring transformative learning experiences for students. She is an international leader in higher education having served as past president of ACPA – College Student Educators International located at the National Center for Higher Education.

She obtained her doctoral degree in Public and Community Health, with an interdisciplinary academic partnership with the Student Affairs program in the College of Education, from the University of Maryland.  Her master’s degree is in College Counseling and Student Affairs and bachelor’s degree in Psychology are from the University of Delaware. She has received many honors and awards including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional Service Award, ACPA’s Diamond Honoree Award and inductions into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa to name a few.

Patty hails from Wilmington, DE.  As one of eight children, with 80+ first cousins as her father was the youngest of 15 and her mother was the oldest of three, she still lovingly claims this home community. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and learned, early on in her college career, that education has the power to transform individual lives and that of communities. She knew that she wanted to work in higher education as a vehicle to make the world – one person and community at a time –more humane and just.

In her free time, Dr. Perillo enjoys spending time with her wonderful spouse, extended family and close community of friends, and engaging in the arts, athletic events, outdoor activities, exercise, prayer, reflection, music, reading and entertaining.

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rev. dr. jamie washington

he, him // Washington Consulting Group

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washingtonis the President & Founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG). In October of 2015, WCG was named by the Economist as one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world.  He is the President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and the President of ACPA, American College Educators International. Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 34 years.

Jamie is invested in working with colleges and universities to build capacity for greater inclusion in support of student learning and development. He works with campus leaders, staff, faculty and students to create a culture that values, respects and includes all of its members, while helping campuses to address the historical and residual impacts of exclusion. Leadership, Change Management and Social Justice Issues are at the core of his work. 

He has received many awards and honors. Most recently he was honored with the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Legends of Excellence Award for his contribution to the lives and education of Black and LatinX faculty, staff and students. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc.

Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College; a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington; a Ph.D. in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park; and a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity. 

He serves as the Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore and is the grandfather of 7 and great uncle to 7.   

He lives by the words of one of his favorite songs;

If I can help somebody, as I pass along:  If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song:  

If I can show somebody, that he, she, zi or they, are traveling wrong,

Then my living shall not be in vain

Registration Rates

Before 14 June 2024                      After 14 June 2024, pending capacity

$595                   $795

*membership must be active through 18 July 2024

Before 14 June 2024                      After 14 June 2024, pending capacity

$795                   $995

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 14 June 2024. Cancellations must be sent to [email protected]. After 14 June 2024, 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.

*In order to qualify for member rates for the SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change Institute, membership with ACPA must be valid through 18 July 2024. You must have your own individual membership. ACPA Members who purchase a SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change Institute Registration understand their membership needs to be active through 18 July 2024. If it is not active prior to the start of the SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change Institute you will not be provided with your SSAOs as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change Institute credential unless you renew your membership or pay the difference between the non-member and member registration cost.


*all times listed in Eastern Time • Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Tuesday, 16 July

  • 8:30am // Breakfast–provided
  • 9:00am // Institute Opening
  • 10:00am // Morning Sessions
  • 12:00pm // Lunch–provided
  • 1:00pm // Afternoon Sessions
  • 5:00pm // Free Evening

Wednesday, 17 July

  • 8:30am // Breakfast–provided
  • 9:00am // Morning Sessions
  • 12:00pm // Lunch–provided
  • 1:00pm // Afternoon Sessions
  • 5:00pm // Free Evening

Thursday, 18 July

  • 8:30am // Breakfast–provided
  • 9:00am // Morning Sessions
  • 12:00pm // Institute Concludes


July 16 @ 2:00 pm UTC+0
July 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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Washington, DC
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