Thank you for visiting this page to learn more about the various programmatic components of the ACPA18 Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, 11-14 March 2018.

The curricular offerings at ACPA18 provide valuable tools for student affairs educators and colleagues throughout higher education to enhance their content knowledge while also directly connecting with others within our profession.  The educational sessions woven throughout the convention experience are vehicles for sharing best practices and highlighting the significant work taking place on our campuses. These sessions also serve to support your expanding knowledge and skills related to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.

Click on the links below to explore the various curriculum sessions below:

Just as there are different learning styles and approaches, ACPA18 has organized a diverse slate of curricular opportunities that we hope will resonate with every attendee as they join us in Houston to:

  • Reflect on their own positionality and role in social justice work within student affairs
  • Educate and role model the values of racial justice and decolonization
  • Engage with the issues impacting higher education by applying our identified competencies
  • Experience critical opportunities for learning and engagement through the creation and dissemination of knowledge
  • Collaborate with the local communities

Whether attending a longer session before the convention (four or eight hour Pre-Convention Sessions), diving deeper into content (75 minute Competency Based Sessions or three hour Institutes), participating in a traditional program (60 minute – General Session), joining a mini-program (20 minute Spotlight session) or formal research paper, or viewing a poster (either Research-based or Practice-based), there is an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge and skill set while attending Convention. Click on the program categories to learn more about all of the different options that are available.

If you submitted a proposal that was accepted and you are seeking more information about what is expected of you, please check out our Presenter Resources page.  Throughout the several months leading up to ACPA18, the Program Team will be hosting a series of Presenter Development Webinars and MicroSessions designed to help you be better prepared to share your content in inclusive, intentional, and meaningful ways.  Our team wants to make sure every convention attendee leaves Houston at the end of the experience having learned content and strategies that will help them serve students, student staff, supervises, peers, external stakeholders, and the profession, among others, better.

Below is a list of important dates:

Date Topic
October 25 Coordinating Presenters Notified of Proposal Status
November 3 Commitment to Present Due
December 4 Time/Space Notifications Sent to Coordinating Presenters
February 15 Deadline for presentation materials to be submitted prior to convention to bolster learning (recommended, not required)

If you have questions, please reach out to: Dean Kennedy, Program Chair, at: