ACPA Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths
November 8-11, 2015 Doubletree Nashville Hotel Nashville, Tennessee, 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, Nov. 8:
3:00-4:00pm Why are we here? 4:00-5:30pm Small group session #1 5:30-6:30pm Dinner (provided) 6:30-7:30pm Is this my path? 7:30-8:30pm Group homework: Job description analyses
Monday, Nov. 9:
8:30-9:00am Continental breakfast 9:00-10:30am What is this role? 10:30-10:45am Break 10:45-1:00pm Who are you? 1:00-2:00pm Lunch and small group session #2 2:00-2:30pm Break 2:30-4:00pm What can you do? 4:00-5:00pm Small group session #3 5:00-6:00pm Break 6:00pm Dinner and night on town (Dutch treat)
Tuesday, Nov. 10:
9:00-9:30am Continental breakfast 9:30-10:45am Where should I serve? 10:45-12:00pm Small group session #4 12:00-1:00pm Lunch 1:00-5:00pm Faculty one-on-ones and free time 5:00-6:30pm Fireside chat
Casual conversations about these and other topics:
- Managing politics
- Working with cabinet
- Managing your public presence
6:30pm Dinner on your own and Individual homework: Synthesis exercise
Wednesday, Nov. 11:
8:30-9:00am Continental breakfast 9:00-11:00am What do I need? Goal setting 11:00am Adjourn