Pre-Convention Workshops

At ACPA21, Pre-Convention sessions are being offered as 4-hour or 6-hour live virtual workshops. Each workshop will be split between two time blocks to help reduce Zoom fatigue for both participants and presenters.

4-hour sessions are $20 and 6-hour sessions are $30 making these in-depth sessions affordable options to build additional professional development. Pre-Convention Workshops can be purchased when registering for ACPA21. At ACPA21, 7 Pre-Convention sessions will be offered on topics relevant and pressing for today’s student affairs and higher education professionals.

6-Hour Workshops

Monday 1 March & Tuesday 2 March 2 // 11:30am-2:30pm EST

1. Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals

  • 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 one-day summit will allow participants to focus on and discuss issues of professional growth for individuals of African descent representing various gender identities.
  • Presenters
    • Jonathan McElderry | Wake Forest University
    • Ebony Ramsey | Maryville University

2. Paralysis to Progress: Engaging White Student in Racial Justice

  • This workshop will provide models of modern anti-racist engagement, activities, guided reflections, and resources to use with white students at different learning stages. We will highlight efforts already taking place on campuses as well as the accomplice work we hope to inspire.  We will examine roles in an equity- and liberation-focused ecosystem, identify what is needed for students now, and practice interrupting white supremacy. Participants will receive numerous resources for the journey toward an equitable and just campus and society.
  • Presenters
    • Sam Benson | Cornell University
    • Perdita Das-Humphrey | Cornell University

4-Hour Workshops

Monday 1 March & Tuesday 2 March // 3:00pm-5:00pm EST

1. Implementing Socially Just Assessment: Methods for Practice

  • Socially just assessment is both process and product. It is an approach to ensure that assessment is implemented in an equitable way, but it is also a method for deconstructing systems of power and oppression. This session will include an overview of the construct of socially just assessment, explore frameworks and strategies for implementation, and will provide opportunity for participants to work alone and collaboratively to develop an actionable plan for implementing socially just assessment on their home campuses.
  • Presenters
    • Gavin Henning | New England College
    • Anne Lundquist | Campus Labs
    • Ciji Heiser | Western Michigan University

6-Hour Workshops

Wednesday 3 March & Thursday 4 March // 11:30am-2:30pm EST

1. Conducting Program Review Using the CAS Standards

  • 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.
  • Presenters
    • Raymond Plaza | Santa Clara University
    • Gavin Henning | New England College
    • Daniel Bureau | University of Memphis

2. ASPIRE: Womxn of Color Leadership Institute

  • It’s time to take a close examination and today is the day to start taking personal responsibility for you and your future. To shine bright (like a diamond) you must first learn how to be a leader of you! Aspire is designed to encourage, inspire, and equip professionals with essential skills and strategies that will help them advance in their careers. In this way, we hope to have an impact on Black women in the field of higher education.
  • Presenters
    • Edwanna Andrews | University of Central Florida
    • Toby Jenkins | University of South Carolina

4-Hour Workshops

Wednesday 3 March & Thursday 4 March // 3:00pm-5:00pm EST

1. Managing from the Middle: Practical Skills for Success

  • Navigating relationships with supervisors/senior administrators isn’t just about meeting expectations and taking direction.  Successful partnerships depend on both parties engaging in purposeful steps to shape the relationship and obtain the best results for you, students, and the organization. By applying Bolman & Deal’s four frames, we will discuss proactively communicating, collaborating, assisting, and even coaching supervisors and colleagues all of whom bring their own cultural lens to their work. We will also address the challenges of today’s virtual environment.
  • Presenters
    • Suzanne Sullivan McGillicuddy | SUNY – Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Kelly Brennan | The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
    • Richard Gatteau | The State University of New York-Stony Brook (aka Stony Brook University)
    • Tasheka Sutton-Young | Kingsborough Community College (City University of New York)

4-Hour Workshops

Friday 5 March // 11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm EST

1. A Gathering at the Table: HBCUs Past, Present Future

  • As a result of COVID-19 and continued racism, it is critical that we are cognitive of how institutions will thrive. More specifically, this pre conference focuses on the institutional effectiveness of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). This session will provide in-depth learning and interactive strategies around assessment, staff development, and institutional effectiveness from a student affairs perspective for HBCU professionals. A reflection on the past, present, and future practices will be embedded as case studies during the pre conference.
  • Presenters
    • Kellie Dixon | North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
    • Shetina Jones | Indiana State University

Adding a Pre-Convention Workshop to Registration

You can add a Pre-Convention Workshop to your registration at any point prior to Convention. When you register for ACPA21 the Pre-Convention Workshops are listed as an option to add to your registration.

If you have already registered for ACPA21 you can add a Pre-Convention Workshop to your existing registration by using the following steps.

  1. Log into the Registrant Service Center.
  2. Select the “Edit” option next to your name.
  3. Verify your information is correct and select “Continue.”
  4. On the Conference Registration Fees page, select the Pre-Convention Workshop you wish to add.
  5. Select “Continue” and process payment.

If you need assistance adding a Pre-Convention Workshop, please contact the ACPA21 Program Team at [email protected]