"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

July 2019- Grounding our Experiences: Introducing Social Justice Frameworks into International Service-Learning Programs

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Service-learning and international programs have become foundations across universities, often recognized for their ability to support students in achieving academic learning goals and building empathy; however, these programs have come under increasing criticism for reinforcing power dynamics and failing to address issues of identity and privilege. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss how integrating social justice pedagogies into their international service-learning programs made space for conversations around identity, power, and privilege. Presenters will do so by sharing their...
Professional Development Opportunities

Institute on the Curricular Approach™

Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:00pm
ICA 2019 will formally recognize the broader applicability of the Approach by changing the name of the institute from the Residential Curriculum Institute to the Institute on the Curricular Approach. We continue to see more and more colleagues apply this Approach in functional areas beyond residential life and as entire student affairs divisions. This name change formally recognizes that shift in interest from participants and acknowledges the applicability of the Approach to all learning beyond the classroom.
Professional Development Opportunities

Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 6:00pm
The University of Vermont annually presents one of the nation’s premiere conferences focused on the diverse legal issues impacting all aspects of higher education. The conference spans two and a half days and includes multiple concurrent sessions, large plenary sessions, welcome reception, networking lunches and vendor area.
Professional Development Opportunities

Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers™

Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 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

Women's Leadership Institute

Monday, 9 December 2019 - 3:00pm to Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 3:00pm
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT 9-12 December 2019 Amelia Island, Florida ACPA has partnered with ACUI and members of the Council for the Higher Education Management Associations for the 2019 Women's Leadership Institute! Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders in higher education administration and student affairs. Coproduced by several higher education associations, this unique program will bring together administrators from across campus functions to help you: Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment Develop a better understanding of the...