Institute Programs

New for ACPA18 are three-hour long Institutes occurring during the convention. Similar to half-day Pre-Convention Workshops due to their length, these sessions provide facilitators and attendees an opportunity to explore content in depth.

Click here to see the full list of institute program descriptions.

Please contact Joe Bozzo with questions about Institute Programs.

 

Institute #1: The Body Already Knows: A Framework for Achieving Racial Justice

This interactive workshop is designed to offer student affairs professionals from all areas of campus responsibility an innovative framework with which they can directly address issues of race, racism and whiteness and work for racial justice. The session is a mix of content presentation, paired and small group discussion, and concrete application to student affairs environments. It is best suited for those who already have a solid understanding of race, racism and whiteness in the U.S.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Leadership
Social Justice and Inclusion

Presenter:
Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group

Institute #2: Becoming Creators and Makers in Students Affairs

Join the Student Affairs creator revolution. We’re moving from lurking to participation! Less consumption, more contribution! Professional learning and engagement is not sitting back to absorb information. Let’s lead by example by changing how we process knowledge, share innovative ideas, and apply design thinking in higher ed. To push the boundaries of expertise and unpack meaning making in the profession, this hands-on session will have participants create audio, video, textual, and visual media projects to deconstruct how knowledge is disseminated.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Personal and Ethical Foundations
Technology

Presenters:
Laura Pasquini, University of North Texas
Paul Eaton, Sam Houston State University
Josie Ahlquist, Florida State University
Amma Marfo, Fun Enterprises

Institute #3: Utilizing a Racial Justice Lens In Response to Climate Change

As campuses grapple with climate change issues, the temptation to resort to technocratic solutions is strong. Unfortunately, while these approaches may yield short-term results, they do not have long-term efficacy because they rarely address the root causes of environmental degradation. This session is designed to help campus leaders more effectively address climate change and environmental issues by offering an analysis of those issues through a racial justice / social justice lens, followed by concrete ways to address them on campus.     

Professional Competency Alignment:
Leadership
Social Justice and Inclusion

Presenter:
Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group

Institute #4: This Is Us: White Student Affairs Educators Dismantling White Supremacy

White supremacy is deeply embedded into the culture of higher education. White student affairs professionals must be at the forefront of dismantling systemic racism, critically examining their own whiteness and creating spaces for White students to do the same. The presenters, two White student affairs professionals, will provide an overview of White supremacy, common pitfalls that prevent White student affairs professionals from effectively talking about race, as well as strategies for engaging White college students in critical whiteness education.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Social Justice and Inclusion
Student Learning and Development

Presenter:
Kyle Ashlee, Miami University

Institute #5: Track Introduction – Mitigating Catastrophe, Acknowledging Inequities, & Carrying On

This introductory session to the Lessons from Houston and Harvey Track provides participants with shared conceptual frameworks that help in discussing and deliberating emergency management from both practical and scholarly perspectives. Bringing context to these frameworks, participants will hear from Hurricane Harvey’s front-line responders (representative of three Houston colleges). These guests will provide observations made from the field, equipping the group to deliberate the outcomes of disaster on campuses, the road to recovery, and the lessons learned thus far.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Human and Organizational Resources
Social Justice and Inclusion

Presenters:
Mahauganee Shaw, Miami University
Danielle Molina, Mississippi State University

Institute #6: Digesting and Dissecting Disaster at the Point of Impact

The second institute in the Lessons from Houston and Harvey Track provides space for participants to digest the morning discussion and share reflections on the topics raised therein. This session is focused on dissecting perspectives on the anatomy of environmental disasters as well as response efforts and recovery processes in student affairs and higher education contexts. Particular focus will be paid to complicating our understanding of who is impacted by natural disaster in a collegiate setting and how.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Organizational and Human Resources
Social Justice and Inclusion

Presenters:
Mahauganee Shaw, Miami University
Danielle Molina, Mississippi State University

Institute #7: Healing the System Within: Reconciling Our Internalized Dominance and Subordination

In this highly interactive and reflective session, participants will identify the types of behaviors and attitudes that maintain the racial/racist status quo in their organizations and individual experiences, explore strategies to dismantle internalized dominance and internalized subordination in themselves and others, and identify effective ways to equip themselves with healing practices that can shift the system.  The workshop will help participants think more about their relationships to oppression and white supremacy and how they are subordinated or sustained by racism.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Leadership
Social Justice and Inclusion

Presenters:
Tanya Williams, Samuel Merritt University
Craig Elliott, Samuel Merritt University

Institute #8: Building a Foundation to Lead Divisional Assessment in Student Affairs

This institute will provide a foundation for student affairs professionals new to the role of leading divisional assessment. Division assessment leaders must manage the needs of multiple stakeholders, develop a culture of assessment, create an assessment infrastructure, and cultivate campus partnerships. Participants will learn about important issues to consider and practical steps to take in this important student affairs leadership role. Participants will leave this session with an action plan and resources to take back to their home campus.

Professional Competency Alignment:
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Presenters:
Martha Glass, Virginia Tech
Chelsea Lyles, Virginia Tech