Sunday, 15 September, 2013 - 08:30 to Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 12:00

Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths

Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort • Orlando, Florida, USA

Sponsored by: William Spelman Executive Search, Campus Pride, and My Favorite Student


ACPA is proud to offer this new and 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.



Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a Southwest-themed Disney Moderate Resort hotel encircling Lago Dorado—a glimmering 22-acre lake—that evokes the spirit and romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico. Follow in the footsteps of explorer Don Francisco de Coronado as he searched for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold while you discover the beauty and fantasy of a unique Resort.

From the welcoming spring-fed Fountain of the Doves to the hidden treasures of the Mayan-ruin themed Dig Site pool, escape to a tranquil lakeside vacation destination where relaxation is your reward. A serene atmosphere infuses the Guest rooms, conference facilities, shops, restaurants and cantinas, inspired by faraway places where time goes by just a little bit slower than usual.

The brightly colored Spanish-style Guest rooms are separated into 3 distinctly themed areas. The Casitas offer an urban terra-cotta paradise. The rustic Ranchos resemble charming Southwestern pueblos. Cabanas provide a quaint beachfront retreat complete with cozy hammocks. Request your favorite. As you explore the Resort you'll discover a variety of dining options, including quick snacks, and Panchitos (the shop) where you can pick up essentials. Indulge yourself at the full-service salon or play a game of sand volleyball.

Want to unwind after a busy day of treasure hunting? The 22-person hot tub is one of the largest at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Between dips you can stroll down the nature trail or grab a poolside drink at Siestas Cantina.

You might not find gold at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, but the treasure you will find is sure to make you feel like you have all the money in the world.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort has been designated by the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognizing the Resort's environmentally responsible practices.


Payment and Cancellation Policy

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 August 16, 2013 less a $55 processing fee. After August 16, there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of $30 for returned checks. A processing fee of $30 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined or to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. Registrations are non-transferable. The conference may be cancelled 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.

For questions, e-mail Ankur T. Ponda, Director for Professional Development, or call 1.202.835.2272.