NextGen Curriculum & Schedule


The NextGen Institute has a dynamic curriculum that offers a variety of experiences and content for participants to co-construct their experience and outcomes. Between critical educational sessions and activities, participants will engage with the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD),  our field’s professional competencies, and have the opportunity to connect with peers and professionals within Student Affairs and Higher Education.

NextGen sessions are organized around several Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Educators, as outlined by ACPA and NASPA. These outcomes and related sessions build a foundation for aspiring Student Affairs Professionals.  The following competencies are the primary focus: Leadership, Social Justice & Inclusion, Student Learning & Development, Values, Philosophy, & History, and Personal & Ethical Foundations

NextGen begins on Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 12pm with Check-In and ends on Monday, 2 March 2020 at approximately 4pm. Participants should expect to attend sessions until about 9 pm ET in the evening on Sunday, 1 March 2020. Participants should also expect to begin Monday, 2 March 2020 at approximately 8 am in the morning.

Registration Information

Undergraduate students are invited to register for NextGen 2020 on a rolling basis until the event begins, but a priority registration deadline of 15 January 2020 is encouraged. ACPA20 Convention registration is included in NextGen pricing!

The ACPA Foundation is offering over $28,000 in scholarships to cover students’ travel and registration costs for NextGen! Scholarship information is included on the registration form. The selection committee prioritizes review to attendees who apply by 15 January 2020.


Sunday, 1 March 2020

  • 12:00-1:00pm // Registration
  • 1:00-1:30pm // Welcome
  • 1:30-2:30pm // Keynote: Negotiating the Landscape of Higher Education  with Patty Perillo and Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
  • 2:30-3:15pm // Introductions
  • 3:15-3:45pm // Break
  • 3:45-5:15pm // Strengths – Understanding Self in Context
  • 5:15-6pm // Networking and Mentoring
  • 6:00-7:30pm // Dinner and Discussion
  • 7:30-9pm // NextGen alumni

Monday, 2 March 2020

  • 8:00am // Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30am // Morning Welcome
  • 9:00-10:15am // Introduction to SIRJD and Caucusing
  • 10:15-11:30am // Educational Session Block #1
    • What Would You Do? Case Studies in Student Affairs
    • SIRJD: Break it down for me
    • Self and Work: Where I’m from
    • Leadership Crash Course
  • 11:30am-12:30pm // Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30pm // Graduate School Roundtable Discussions
  • 1:30-2:30pm // Educational Session Block #2
    • ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
    • You’re Graduating, Now What? Intentional Options between Bachelors and Masters
    • Real Talk About Graduate School: Employment and Assistantships
      First ACPA Convention
  • 2:30-3:30pm // Closing: ACPA Past-President, Jamie Washington
  • 4:00pm // ACPA Annual Convention Opening and CelebrACPA
  • 8:00pm // NextGen Alumni & Friends Reception