"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

Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

15 October 2018 - 8:00am to 17 October 2018 - 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

Advising and Helping International Students: Immigration and Legal Issues

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
18 October 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Over 5% of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education are international students studying and living in the U.S. on non-immgrant visas ( Institute of International Education, 2018 ). However, a recent NSF report showed a 2.2% drop in undergraduate and 5.5% drop in graduate international enrollment ( Inside HigherEd, 2018 ). Among the reasons university officials have given for this decline are the policial and social environment in the U.S. as well as visa denials and delays. As visa policies are changing and becoming stricter, professionals working with international students need to stay up-to-date on new requirements. Join the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development, the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues , and the Latin@/x Network for a webinar on USCIS immigration policies and memos that impact international students on university campuses. Focusing on both the advising and legal components, participants will hear from a panel consisting of an immigration attorney, immigration coordinator, and former international student to learn about the recent policies, best practices, and the impact that changing policies have on students.
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).
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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...