"Advancing Student Affairs, Engaging Students" are the central parts of being student affairs educator and member of ACPA-College Student Educators International. As you progress in your career, you need to keep abreast of current issues, trends and research in this field.

Whether it's the Annual Convention, Institute for Aspiring SSAOs, the Mid-Level Management Institute, the New Professionals Institute or State/International Chapter workshops or conferences, ACPA provides you with many opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and tools so you are more effective in your job and your work with students.

Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Opportunities

Law and Policy for Colleges and Universities (LCPU)

26 October 2018 (All day)
The Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice at the University of Southern California will host a one day conference for higher education administrators, leaders and scholars from across the nation to address law and policy issues related to social justice and intersectionality that inform and impact educational institutions. The purpose of the conference is to help institutions identify gaps in their policies and practices, specifically related to Title IX, Protests and Free Speech, Muslim Ban, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Professional Development Opportunities

Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers™

28 October 2018 - 3:00pm to 31 October 2018 - 12:00pm
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. This event is for professionals with 5+ years of experience.
Professional Development Opportunities

Free Speech Tensions - Responding to Bias on College and University Campuses

Commission for Administrative Leadership
30 October 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Despite the increasing development of bias response teams on college and university campuses, little scholarship has examined these teams and, in particular, team leaders’ approaches to understanding the role of free speech in responding to bias. Hosted by the ACPA Commission for Administrative Leadership and the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Education, webinar panelists will share the results of interviews with administrators who served on bias response teams at 19 predominantly White institutions. The presentation will address balancing free speech and other interests, the nuances of...
Professional Development Opportunities

Rooming with International Students: The Psychological Impact on Host National Students

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
9 November 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Student mobility is at an all-time high ( IEE Center for Academic Mobility, 2018 ). Yet, little is known on how engaging with international students impacts domestic students. Cody Rosenbarker conducted a qualitative research study to explore how living with an international student impacts the overall mental health and well-being of their American roommate. The study centered around the experiences of six host students (16-22 years old at the time of their experience) who lived in a residence hall with an international student roommate or suite mate. The study explored potential benefits and drawbacks of these experiences for the host students. This study is the first, to our knowledge, to shed light on potential impacts of living with an international students and has the potential to guide practitioners who work with international and domestic students in a residential setting. Join the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development and Cody Rosenbarker to learn more about the impact of living with an international student on host students.
Professional Development Opportunities

Helping International Students Launch their Careers

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
14 November 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
In 2016/2017, 85% more international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities than a decade ago (Institute of International Education, 2017). International students have unique needs for resources and services from career teams to help them navigate the US and global job markets. This requires a different approach to guide international students through the process of self-authorship in order to realize their full potential as a part of the global workforce. In this webinar, we hope to share insights into how to best serve the growing international population on your campus and support them as they launch their careers.