Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™


Approximately 30% of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals with 1-3 years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute (previously the New Professionals Institute) to support the development of emerging leaders as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. This Institute includes several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with several of today’s leaders in higher education and student affairs as resident faculty and small group facilitators.

ACPA, It’s Your Turn to AskJAN: Job Accommodations Network


ACPA Members with Disability or Allies can ask the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) questions about job accommodations in higher education or student affairs. It is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. AskJAN is funded by a contract from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) (#1605DC-17-C-0038). Its development has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of ODEP, West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America.

Managing Up: Strategies to Navigate Positional and Power Dynamics Webinar


About You know it's important to effectively manage people who report to you, but did you know you can also manage up to the people who manage you? Someone might occupy a higher position on the organizational chart than you do, but you can still make both their and your lives easier by learning to […]

emPOWER hour


About Join us for a bi-monthly social hour specifically designed for graduate students and new professionals. We are hosting an emPOWER hour to discuss current hot topics in higher education/student affairs. This month's topic is "Who's on your ship? Mentorship, allyship, & relationships." We will talk about the importance of these relationships and how to […]

Program Design School


Join The Leadership and Training Studio and Erin Fischer for a two-day, hands-on, engaging and entertaining seminar. Erin will share how she wrote 90 programs in four and a half years and still has more ideas. (As a matter of fact, she has written eight new courses in three months.) You will learn how to write participant guides, facilitator guides, identify 40 learning methods and understand why you can’t write learning objectives until the end of your course! By the end of the two days, you will have a template for writing consistently and engaging material with ease. We are excited to continue to offer this outstanding professional development opportunity in a live virtual format using Zoom Video Conferencing.

ACPA2GO–The Digital Divide


During the 2020-21 academic year institutions moved fully online as a response to COVID-19. This created challenges for those who were not familiar with technology. If one was unfamiliar with technology they only had one choice, figure it out. COVID-19 exacerbated the digital divide. In this interactive session, we will discuss ways to address the digital divide, recommended trainings, helpful tips and a live technology demonstration to support those impacted by the digital divide.

2022 ACPA/ASHE Presidential Symposium


The 2021 ACPA-ASHE Presidential Symposium will bring together higher education practitioners and scholars to reimagine, influence, and lead in what is new, what is happening now, and what comes next.

In this mid-Fall symposium, ACPA President Danielle Morgan Acosta and ASHE President D-L Stewart will continue the Presidential Symposium tradition of engaging, meaningful, and cross-functional conversation about key issues in higher education in this “moment.”

Panelists are higher education scholars and practitioners who are committed in their work to justice and liberation, and also to the ideas and principles of trauma-informed care: Safety, choice, collaboration, trust, and empowerment.

NextGen Institute 2022


The NextGen Institute is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the field of student affairs and who have not yet begun graduate studies to learn more about the field of Student Affairs. In particular, the NextGen Institute brings together individuals from across the world to learn about the profession of Student Affairs and Higher Education, ACPA, graduate preparation, functional areas, and the core values that guide our work. This is an opportunity for the next generation of Student Affairs and Higher Education educators to meet and learn from current graduate preparation program faculty, NextGen alumni, and professionals with a variety of personal and professional experiences and identities from diverse institutional types and positions.

South Carolina Drive-In Conference

University of South Carolina Upstate

Please join us for the SCCPA 2021 Fall Drive-In Conference. The theme for the 2021 Fall Drive-In Conference is “Mind Your Mental Health: Navigating Higher Ed in the 21st Century”. The statistics on this issue are alarming and there is such an urgent need to educate people on the issues of mental health. The purpose of this conference is to support, advocate, and care for the importance of mental health during a pandemic and navigating a new normal. Participants will have the opportunity to join various breakout sessions on topics impacting higher education, engage in various mindfulness activities, and hear from Dr. Kimberly Poole, Senior Associate Dean of Students at Clemson University, who has over a decade of experience in being a license professional counselor.

Institute on the Curricular Approach™

Join student affairs and higher education colleagues on a journey toward implementing a curricular approach on your campus at the Institute on the Curricular Approach (ICA)! This learning experience is dynamic and valuable, as you will have access to concrete examples of how institutions with similar institutional values have developed and implemented their Curricular Approach in residence life, student leadership, or student conduct. Showcase Institutions will share how they used the 10 Essential Elements, their lessons learned, and implementation successes. This event is a straight-forward way to obtain clear direction from higher education and student affairs professionals who have done the work.

Fall 2021 Title IX Webinar Update with Peter Lake


Join Peter Lake on 14 October from 1:00-2:30pm ET to learn about new Title IX updates and potential implementation of new regulations by the Department of Education. This virtual webinar will share pertinent information and relevant cases that may impact Title IX on college campuses during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

This webinar will be recorded and presented through Zoom. Register today to attend the webinar live, or review at a later date more convenient to your schedule!

WEBINAR: Leading with a Racial and Social Justice Lens: SSAO’s as Stabilizers in this Time of Culture Change TM


Going into its 24th year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA educational program for those who have been in the student affairs field for five or more years or are a departmental director. The Institute guides those desiring to grow their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The 2022 Institute will take place over the course of five Thursday's in early 2022!