Pre-Convention Workshops

For ACPA22, 10 Pre-Convention sessions will be offered on topics relevant and pressing for today’s student affairs and higher education professionals.

At ACPA22, Pre-Convention sessions are offered as either 6-hour sessions Saturday afternoon (12:00pm – 6:00pm), 4-hour sessions Sunday morning (9:00 am – 1:00 pm),  or 2-day sessions Saturday (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm) and Sunday (9:00 am – 1:00 pm). 

4-hour sessions are $25, 6-hour sessions are $50, and 2-day sessions are $75 making these in-depth sessions affordable options to build additional professional development. Pre-Convention Workshops can be purchased when  registering for ACPA22.

The following sessions are available for registration:

2-Day Sessions | Saturday 5 March: 12:00-6:00pm & Sunday 6 March: 9:00am-1:00pm

Annual Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals

The Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals at the ACPA Convention 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 two-day summit will allow participants to focus on and discuss issues of professional growth for individuals of African descent representing various gender identities.

Beyond Interfaith: White Christian privilege and the future of pluralism

This session explores the complexities of religious, secular, and spiritual identities (RSSIs) in higher education and the necessity of overcoming white Christian privilege and supremacy. Tied deeply to the histories of racial inequity and colonization, this session will take a deep dive into how practitioners can incorporate RSSIs into the on-going efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Religious equities and necessities will be identified and supported through a broader understanding of the role of professionals and institutional outcomes.

Higher education practitioners from all areas of campus should consider this opportunity to consider an oft-misunderstood and underexplored area of identity and identity development. Practical application from admissions to advancement will be evaluated and explored, with impacts ranging from student satisfaction and retention to institutional law and policy requirements.  

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the history of legal requirements of religious equity in higher education, knowledge and awareness of a new theory of “critical religious pluralism”, and a thorough understanding of the historical ways in which institutions have created a “false-neutral” secularism on campus. 

6-hr Sessions | Saturday 5 March: 12:00-6:00pm

Abolition University: Reimagining Collective Community Care in Student Affairs

As professionals dedicated to community development at institutions built upon white supremacy and bound by federal policies, approaching community development through an abolitionist framework can provide us with the communities of care many of us have never fully experienced within the workplace. Using cognitive, moral, and leadership theories, this workshop allows participants to navigate their own ideologies with professional demands, and equips them with collective strategies to create communities of care on their campus.

Cultivating Critical Assessment: A Model for Integrating Assessment in Practice

The rapidly-changing context of our work requires robust assessment plans that produce readily accessible – yet meaningful – narratives to guide decisions. This session introduces the Inquiry-Based Praxis Model (IPM), offering a framework for assessment planning rooted in a rejection of neoliberalism and colonized thought, and supported by a comprehensive implementation template replete with practical strategies and tools. Participants will apply key concepts of the IPM and engage human-centered activities and resources in drafting their own comprehensive assessment plan.

Engineering an Implicit Bias Conscious Mindset

Everyone has implicit bias and it can be managed. In this session, using an interdisciplinary framework, participants will conceptualize implicit bias by engaging in brain exercises and discussing brain function. They will identify the prevalence of implicit bias while understanding the continuum of impacts resulting from unchecked implicit bias (specifically features-based implicit bias, derivative discrimination, stereotype threat, social identity threat, implicit dehumanization). Participants will discuss evidence-based strategies to recognize and address implicit bias at individual and systemic levels for sustainable change. Participants will receive a workbook during and a resources packet for continued learning after the session.

Right Here, Right Now: Achieving mission-driven institutional sustainability within HBCUs

The purpose of this pre-conference institute is to foster critical conversations on effectively executing the mission of HBCUs while achieving sustainability. We hope to invite participants to the institute who identify as HBCU students, faculty, staff, alumni, advocates, and community members. Participants who attend should expect to learn more about strategies to improve university governance and effectiveness, identifying your role in institutional effectiveness, understanding the relationship of governance in institutional operations and effectiveness, and creating collaborative practices to enhance the student experience.

4-hr Sessions | Sunday 6 March: 9:00am-1:00pm

Conducting Program Review Using CAS Standards

In this interactive Pre Convention 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.

Into the Thick of It – Creating Inclusive Fat Spaces

This workshop invites participants to consider what creating an equitable space for all bodies, especially fat bodies, at their institution. Participants will learn about anti-fatness, anti-fatness’s connection to other forms of oppression, and how bias, stereotypes, and discrimination of fat people impact students and employees sense of belonging in higher education. Following this foundation, participants will reflect individually and discuss in small groups on how they can incorporate this awareness and knowledge into their work.

More than Titles and Job Grades: Centering People, Rejecting Neoliberalism

Office hours. Vacation time. Travel requests. We mark our work by these outdated modes of recordkeeping, of control, while trying to reconcile this superficial accounting with the realities of our work. We are an inherently human profession. This session explores the ways that ineffective, sometimes toxic leadership leads to the dehumanization of our work. Join us in dialogue that challenges higher education leaders to reframe leadership, center the dignity inherent in ourselves and our work, and deconstruct neoliberal higher education.

NeurodiversityU – Creating Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This pre-conference workshop will take an in-depth look at Autism Spectrum Disorder among the college population. Attendees will be provided with current data trends, case study examples, and specific techniques and approaches to working with and supporting this population. Individuals will be challenged to practice skills through group activities and personal reflection. This program will increase the understanding of ASD and how it can affect individuals personally and within their relationships with others including peers, support professionals, and families. 

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 ACPA22 the Pre-Convention Workshops are listed as an option to add to your registration.  

If you have already registered for ACPA22 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 ACPA22 Program Team at [email protected].