Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Saturday, 9 January 2021 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - 12:00pm


9-13 January 2021
Chicago, IL

Going into its 23rd year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA signature educational program for those who have been in the student affairs field for five or more years or are a departmental director.  The Institute guides those desiring to grow their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The Institute, named for Donna Bourassa, Ed.D. former Associate Executive Director of ACPA, is a successful professional development resource to hundreds of colleagues in the student affairs profession.


  • Dynamic curriculum focused on identifying the complexities facing higher education and the student affairs profession and providing the resources to affect positive change.
  • Sessions dedicated to skill enhancement in the following areas:
    • Organizational Cultures
    • Supervision
    • Authentic Leadership
    • Multicultural Competencies
    • Leadership and Ethics
    • Communication and Difficult Dialogues
    • Politics of Everyday Work
    • Organizational and Transition Management
  • A highly interactive and engaging learning environment using a cohort model to affect personal and professional transformation.

Reception each year at the ACPA Annual Convention for all past participants.

Application Information

The first step in the process is for participants to submit an application.  The priority deadline for applications is Friday, 6 November 2020. After that, applications will only be considered if space is available. Please note: MMI reaches full capacity each year. Don’t wait until it is too late to apply! 

The Institute is designed for professionals who have been in the student affairs field for five (5) or more years. Departmental directors who have fewer than five years’ experience are also eligible to register for the Institute.

Institute Scholarships

Two merit-based scholarships for $240 each are available for registration. In addition to the application form above, a letter from your immediate supervisor is also required to apply for the scholarship. The supervisor's letter should include (a) how the participant will benefit from attending the Institute, and (b) what financial constraints exist which may prevent the participant's attendance. This information should also be sent to Angela Hoffman at [email protected] in the International Office.

Deadline date to apply for a scholarship is Friday, 6 November 2020.