Pre-Convention Workshops

At ACPA19, Pre-Convention sessions are offered as either 4-hour sessions Saturday afternoon (1:00pm – 5:00pm) or Sunday morning (8:30am – 12:30pm), or as an 8-hour session which includes both the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning blocks.  

4-hour sessions are $50 and 8-hour sessions are $75 making these in-depth sessions affordable options to build additional professional development. For ACPA19, 6-8 Pre-Convention sessions will be offered on topics relevant and pressing for today’s student affairs and higher education professionals.

The following sessions are available for registration:

8 Hour Sessions | Saturday 2 March: 1-5pm & Sunday: 8:30am-12:30pm

  • Martha Glass, Virginia Tech
  • Jen Wells, Kennesaw State University
In this interactive session, participants will learn and practice detailed steps to implementing CAS standards for program review. Through the use of case studies, individual and small group activities, individual advisement, and discussion, participants will learn how to prepare a unit or division for the program review process intended to foster substantive program improvement. Participants will leave with concrete action steps and tools for implementing a CAS program review on their own campus.
  • Jonathan Poullard, The Equity Consulting Group Inc.
As our world becomes more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA), ones ability to engage as a centered culturally competent practitioner is a must. Practitioners will be expected to possess skills to lead their campuses through ever-increasing turmoil around issues of diversity and inclusion. From the inside out, this session will intentionally connect participant understanding of their emotional intelligence, biases and conflict patterns to effective culturally skilled leadership.
  • Gavin Henning, New England College
  • Anne Lundquist, Campus Labs
As the student populations at our colleges and universities continue to diversify we must create processes to ensure equity and inclusion. Assessment is one of those process. Often viewed as an objective, data-driven process for accountability and improvement, assessment not only must be implemented in a socially just way, but it can also be a process that fosters equity and inclusion. Presenters will share a continuum of socially just assessment built on philosophical paradigms of critical theory and post- structuralism and identify specific strategies for implementing assessment that is socially just. Participants will leave with a concrete action plan for implementing socially just assessment on their own campuses.
  • Dr. Phillip Cockrell, The University of Toledo
  • Dr. Tonisha Lane, The University of South Florida
  • Dr. D’Andra Mull, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Stanley Bazile, Lehman College
  • Dr. Jonathan McElderry, Wake Forest University
  • Dr. Christopher Catching, Stockton University
  • Dr. Jasmine Lee, Michigan State University
  • Ebony Rasmey, Prairie View A&M University
The Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals at the ACPA Conference will provide professional development, fellowship and networking among senior, mid-level, and new professionals of African descent (e.g., African Americans, Caribbean, South American) through informal and formal dialogue and mentoring. This two-day summit will allow participants to focus on and discuss issues of professional growth for individuals of African descent representing various gender identities.
  • Kate Lawson, Xavier University
  • Cara Tuttle Bell, Vanderbilt Universitya
  • Jill Bassett, Franklin Pierce University
  • Jennifer McCary, Bowling Green State University
As Title IX regulations continue to change, there some things that remain certain. College and university campuses must establish policies and protocols that are specific to each unique student body with an emphasis on the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This program is a compilation of sessions from experienced higher education professionals which will address response protocol, trauma, building institutional trust, and changing campus culture.
  • Dr. Tanya O. Williams, Authentic Coaching and Consulting LLC
  • Dr. Heather W. Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group LLC
The day-long workshop is designed to take participants on a very deep dive into racial justice work via explicit critical race theory frameworks, the exploration of body-based content as it pertains to racial justice, and the investigation and utilization of interdependence theory for concrete racial justice action. While the content has broad-reaching applications, it is specifically geared toward student affairs professionals and their day-to-day work. Having said that, this workshop is less focused on any kind of “how to” with respect to racial justice work and instead lays much of the focus on helping participants more fully live racially just lives. It is all too easy to “do racial justice work” and not have that translate to personal or collective liberation, whereas it is near impossible to strive to live a more racially just life and not have that translate into daily racial justice work. For that reason, we are choosing a more complicated and challenging path for this workshop in hopes that participants will be well moved toward personal liberation and more efficacious professional racial justice work. This workshop is both an amalgam of work each of us has been doing for quite some time and an aspirational endeavor of work we deeply want to be doing more of as we strive for racial justice. Knowing that ACPA is earnestly leaning into the hard work of racial justice and decolonization, we feel this session is extremely prescient for where the organization and the field hopes to go. To clarify this session is not for those new to racial justice work; its complexity and depth of application would likely be a challenge for those who are just starting their racial justice journey. However, for those who are looking for more than the standard heady session on how to implement the systemic and structural changes needed for racial equity on our campuses, this session is a great fit. The core components of this workshop include introductory work and group building, the introduction of a critical race conceptual framework, the exploration of the body-based racial justice work (concluding day one), and then a deep exploration of the concept of interdependence as it relates to the visioning and liberatory framing of our campus racial justice work. Starting with some group building work and proceeding into a brief conversation about the structural dynamics of race, racism and whiteness (so we’re all on the same page), this session then dives deeply into the ways that racial oppression sits in our bodies and therefore the ways that racial justice is a somatic as well as cognitive endeavor. Tools and concrete examples of how to include the somatic arena in racial justice work on our campuses will then lead us into a much deeper conversation about interdependence and how racial justice work cannot proceed without our living and leading in more interdependent ways. Occupying the entire second half of the session, the exploration of interdependence as a critical part of racial justice will include content delivery, small group discussion, and skill development and practice. Participants will leave the session with a more profound sense of how they can live more racially just, deeply interdependent, and fully liberated lives, and how the skills and capacity to do so already lies within them. While this session is experientially intense, the theory base it draws on is solid, complex, and varied as are the skills and concrete “next steps” that participants will leave with on Sunday.

4 Hour Sessions | Sunday 3 March 2019: 8:30am-12:30pm

  • Cori Bazemore-James, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Phenocia Bauerle, University of California Berkeley
  • Rob Hancock, University of Victoria
  • Raymond Sewell, Saint Mary's University
  • Kara Strass, Miami University
This session is a professional development workshop for those who work in or alongside Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) higher education programs. This is a rare opportunity to connect with others in the ISA field, share common hurdles we experience in our work and institutions, and learn about/develop new tools to implement at our institutions. This session is hosted by the ACPA Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN), the first international professional home for those who work in Indigenous student support programs. ISAN is also the sister-network of the Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Coalition (NAIC), a coalition for ACPA members who identify as Indigenous.
  • Dr. Gudrun Nyunt, Northern Illinois University
  • Dr. Anne Hornak, Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Katie Koo, Texas A&M University Commerce
  • Dr. Ken Guan, Indiana University Bloomington
Mental health issues are on the rise among all college students, including international students. Some of the unique challenges international students face – such as language barriers, acculturative stress, unrealistic expectations, crises originating at home – can also lead to or increase mental health issues. How issues of mental health are addressed, however, varies depending on societal and cultural understandings and contexts. To serve our international populations, Student Affairs practitioners need to understand the unique challenges international students face, learn how to refer students to mental health resources in a culturally appropriate way, and gain insights into ways they can proactively address international students’ mental health. This interactive pre-convention session is geared toward practitioners from all functional areas, who interact with international students. The session will start with a quick overview of student mobility and will then dive into mental health issues unique to international students. We will focus specifically on Asian international students, who make up the highest percentage of international students at many institutions in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, and many other countries. A panel of practitioners, mental health professionals, and researchers will engage participants in a discussion on ways that Student Affairs professionals can support international students and encourage utilization of mental health resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how they can use what they learned from this session to their specific functional area. As a result of attending the session, participants will have a better understanding of the unique mental health challenges international students face, how culture influences mental health and ways in which individuals seek help for mental health issues, and how Student Affairs professionals can better support international students and proactively address mental health concerns of international students.

Registration is open!  If you have already registered for ACPA19, you may go back to add a Pre-Convention Session to your ACPA19 Convention Registration.  Log in to your Attendee Service Center using the link at the bottom of your confirmation email. For assistance, email [email protected] or call 202-835-2272.  Additional Pre-Convention Sessions will be announced in September 2018.

Please contact Lisa Kelsay at [email protected] with questions about Pre-Convention Sessions.