Pre-Convention Workshops

At ACPA20, Pre-Convention sessions are offered as either 4-hour sessions Sunday afternoon (1:00pm – 5:00pm) or Monday morning (8:30am – 12:30pm), or as a 6-hour session on Monday (9:00am – 3:00pm).

4-hour sessions are $50 and 6-hour sessions are $75 making these in-depth sessions affordable options to build additional professional development. Pre-Convention Workshops can be purchased when registering for ACPA20.

For ACPA20, 9 Pre-Convention sessions will be offered on topics relevant and pressing for today’s student affairs and higher education professionals.

The following sessions are available for registration:

4hr Sessions | Sunday 1 March: 1:00-5:00pm

  • Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Dr. Patience Bryant, California State University, Long Beach
  • Dr. Ashley M. Dobbs, Georgia State University
  • Cara R. Guilbeau, Talladega College
  • Crystal T. Henry, Hinds Community College
  • Shetina M. Jones, Indiana State University
  • Dr. Erin Vaughn-Jones, Hinds Community College

Within conversations about the obstacles that women face while navigating higher education and student affairs, the needs of Black women are often overlooked. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term ‘intersectionality’ to acknowledge where power comes, collides, interlocks and intersects in regards to Black women who were often left out of such conversations. This workshop will create a space where Black women will be the center of the conversation through theoretical framework, as well as real life experiences.

  • Erica Riba, The Jed Foundation
  • Ethan Fields, The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation (JED) advises colleges and universities on upstream approaches to strengthen student mental health. Many colleges have an overall institutional strategic plan, but can often overlook a strategic plan focused on improving programs, policies, and systems related to mental health equity and suicide prevention. In this pre-conference workshop, attendees will brainstorm the state of mental health on their campus, identify strengths and gaps, and create an action plan they can put into practice.

  • Gavin Henning, New England College
  • Anne Lundquist, Campus Labs

We must create processes to ensure equity and inclusion as our campuses diversify. Assessment is one of those processes. Often viewed as an objective, data-driven process for accountability and improvement, assessment not only must be implemented in a socially just way, but it can also be a process that fosters equity and inclusion. Presenters will share a continuum of socially just assessment and participants will identify specific strategies for implementing assessment that is socially just to take back to their campuses.

  • Romeo Jackson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Antonio Duran, Auburn University
  • Alex Lange, University of Iowa

This session invites student affairs practitioners and researchers to consider what it means to mobilize queer and trans frameworks in their work. Attendees will learn about three theories used in higher education to queer/trans the field: Queer of Color Critique, Intersectionality, and Native Feminism/Two-Spirit Critique. Following this foundation, participants will discuss in pairs, small groups, and large groups how they can incorporate these theories to their work, taking a specific look at one of their programs/projects.

4hr Sessions | Monday 2 March: 8:30am-12:30pm

  • Keith Edwards, Independent Consultant

Mindfulness can help leaders let go of the past, worry less about the future, and more fully bring all of themselves to the present and the real challenges of campus organizations, student issues, and social justice. Mindful leadership is grounded in wisdom across spiritual traditions and affirmed by the latest neuroscience and psychological research. This interactive workshop will explore concepts of mindful leadership, engage in activities to foster mindful leadership, and identify opportunities for participants to apply mindful leadership. 

6hr Sessions | Monday 2 March: 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Jonathan Poullard, Equity Consulting Group

As our world becomes more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA), one’s ability to engage as a centered culturally competent practitioner is a must. Practitioners will be expected to possess skills to lead their campuses through ever-increasing turmoil around issues of diversity and inclusion. From the inside out, this session will intentionally connect participant understanding of their emotional intelligence, biases and conflict patterns to effective culturally skilled leadership.

  • Gavin Henning, New England College
  • Melissa Brown, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Daniel Bureau, University of Memphis
  • Nicole Long, University of Delaware

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.

  • Symphony Oxendine, UNC Wilmington
  • Corianne Bazemore-James, University of Minnesota
  • Phenocia Bauerle, University of California Berkeley
  • Molly Springer, Sacramento City College

Are you an Indigenous scholar? Do you have an idea for a journal article? Have you published but would like to mentor others? Want to know how to get published? Looking for tips and tricks from other people who have accomplished this hurdle? If you answered YES!; then this pre-con is for you.  In this full-day session, you will learn about the publishing world from an Indigenous perspective and identify what you need to do to be published.

  • Jonathan McElderry, Wake Forest University
  • Dr. Phillip Cockrell, The University of Toledo
  • Dr. Tonisha Lane, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. D’Andra Mull, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Jasmine Lee, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Ebony Rasmey, Maryville University

The Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals will provide professional development, fellowship and networking among senior, mid-level, and new professionals of African descent 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.

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 ACPA20 the Pre-Convention Workshops are listed as an option to add to your registration.  

If you have already registered for ACPA20 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 ACPA20 Program Team at [email protected]