NextGen Curriculum

The NextGen conference begins Saturday, March 25 at 1pm and concludes early Sunday evening, just in time for the CelebrACPA and the opening session. Sessions and highlights of the conference include:

  • Presentations from senior leaders in higher education
  • Opportunities to connect with ACPA Leadership
  • Understanding the visions & values of the profession
  • Issues confronting current & future Student Affairs Professionals
  • Graduate Preparation Panel of Graduate Faculty and Current Graduate Students
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Meet and greet with the Convention Opening Speaker
  • Participation in the Annual Convention Opening Session

Next Gen conference sessions will be organized around several Professional Competencies, as outlined by ACPA and NASPA. These outcomes and related sessions will help to build a foundation for aspiring Student Affairs Professionals. The Learning Outcomes for this year include:

  1. Values, Philosophy, and History
    Session geared toward this competency will introduce participants the foundational philosophies, disciplines, and values of the profession, explain the role and responsibilities of student affairs professional associations, and explain the public role and societal benefits of student affairs in particular and of higher education in general.
  2. Personal, Ethical Foundations
    Sessions geared toward this area will help participants understand key elements of one’s set of personal beliefs and commitments, begin to craft a personal code of ethics for student affairs practice, and give insight into primary work responsibilities within certain functional areas.
  3. Social Justice and Inclusion
    Sessions that include social justice and inclusion will help participants begin to identify systems of socialization that influence one’s multiple identities and sociopolitical perspectives and how they impact one’s lived experiences, and begin to understand the role that student affairs professionals have in issues related to social justice, inclusion, oppression, privilege, and power.
  4. Leadership
    Sessions based on the leadership competency will help participants identify and understand individual-level constructs of “leader” and “leadership,” identify basic fundamentals of teamwork and team-building in one’s work setting and communities of practice.

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Saturday, 25 March

12:00pm 1:00pm Registration
1:00pm 1:30pm Welcome
1:30pm 2:30pm Introductions & Ice Breakers
2:30pm 3:30pm Lighting Introduction To ACPA
3:45pm 4:45pm Educational Sessions Block #1
5:00pm 5:45pm Why Student Affairs?
6:00pm 7:30pm Hot Topics in Higher Education
7:30pm 8:30pm Dinner
8:30pm 9:30pm NextGen Alumni & Friends Social

Sunday, 26 March

8:00am 9:00am Coffee Talk with Faculty and Graduate Student Panel
9:00am 9:15pm Morning Welcome
9:15am 10:00am ACPA Powered by PechaKucha
10:00am 11:00am Educational Sessions Block #2
11:15am 12:00pm Commission and Entity Fair
12:15pm 1:30pm Lunch and Networking with NextGen Mentors
1:30pm 2:30pm Educational Session Block #3
2:45pm 3:30pm NextGen Wrap up & Closing Session
4:00pm 7:30pm Opening General Session Featuring CelebrACPA and major speakers Derreck Kayongo and Freeman Hrabowski III
8:00pm 10:00pm Culturefest