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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
|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|
|8:30pm||9:30pm||NextGen Alumni & Friends Social|
Sunday, 26 March
|8:00am||9:00am||Coffee Talk with Faculty and Graduate Student Panel|
|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|