Sunday, 2 November, 2014 - 12:00 to Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 - 11:45
Institute for Aspiring SSAOs
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 12:33

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The 2014 Institute for Aspiring SSAOs held November 2-4, 2014 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California, USA looked to develop those who are considering a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) role as a future career goal. It explored 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.

Those who attended the Institute truly left inspired. Davida L. Haywood, PhD a Senior Executive Director of the Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University said,

"Our faculty-in-residence were beyond incredible! They were, in essence, "spiritually-sent." They were, what I needed at this point, in my professional development. Their words of encouragement, but also "tough love," were what I needed to see, hear and experience. ACPA could not ask for better representation and dedication from individuals like Royster, Todd, John, Cissy, Luoluo and Zebulun. Please know that as I move forward in my career, I will support this endeavor of ACPA in any manner that I can. In addition, I will be sure to "pay it forward," by recommending one of my staff members on next year."

Image of Faculty at the 2014 Institute of Aspiring SSAOs

 

Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina San Diego, California, USA

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.

Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

12:00pm

Participant arrival

3:00pm

Welcome Session and Introductions: "Why are we here?"

4:00pm

Small groups

5:30pm

Dinner

6:30pm

Session 1: “Is this your path?”

7:30pm

Small group session

8:30pm

Group assignment

Monday, November 3, 2014

8:30am

Breakfast

9:00am

"What is this role?"

10:45am

"Who am I?"

12:00pm

Lunch and identity roundtables

1:15pm

Free time

2:15pm

"What can you do?"

3:30pm

"Where should you serve?"

4:30pm

Small groups

5:30pm

Faculty one-on-one consultations

6:30pm

Dinner, free time, and individual assignment

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

8:30am

Breakfast

9:30am

"What do I need?"

11:15am

Wrap-Up

11:45am

Adjourn

 

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