Coronavirus information:
The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place. Instruction has transitioned online for summer sessions. Read the latest update posted 5/27/2020 at 3:50 p.m.

Read the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated March 31, 2020 at 9:20 a.m.

Professional Development Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly trying to meet the rapidly changing needs of our staff.  We are regularly increasing our online professional development opportunities.  We will be increasing our online professional development opportunities which can be found below.


Thursday, May 28th, 12:00pm

Candid Conersations (Virtual Fireseide Chat): Leadership Styles that Help us Thrive

During these unprecedented times, countries led by a female head of state seem to be doing better with their responses to the pandemic and are handling it more effectively than other nations led by males. What does this tell us about female leadership, and what can we all learn during this time of crisis that will enhance our leadership skills for the future?
TED and Outspoken Agency speaker Paula Stone Williams will join us in conversation to consider these and other issues related to the traits that help an organization flourish with a female style of leadership. She will share insights into some of the valuable lessons we may learn to weather personal and professional issues by mastering it through the lens of a woman.
Offered by: Outspoken Agency

Thursday, May 28th, 2-4:00pm 

*FEATURED* Building an Institutional Mental Health Action Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond 


Learn about The JED Foundation's comprehensive approach and Equity in Mental Health Framework to address student mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention in higher education. Attendees will identify ways their campuses are addressing the mental health needs of their students and create an action plan that identifies challenges, priorities, and resources, especially from a distance learning and virtual campus life perspective.

Presented by:  Ethan Fields and Erica Riba from the JED Foundation

Offered by:  ACPA2GO


Thursday, May 28th, 4:00pm

Lighting the 8th Fire: Indigenous Strategies for a Green Future with Winona LaDuke

In Anishinaabe Prophecies, this time is known as the 7th Fire. The prophecy says that to move to the 8th Fire, we face a choice between two paths. One path is well-worn, scorched, and leads to our destruction. The other path is new, green, and leads to Mino-Bimaadiziwin (the good life).

Join us as internationally-renowned activist and author Winona LaDuke - an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the White Earth Nation - discusses how the pandemic provides us with an opportunity to walk a new path, taking care of each other, and our Mother Earth.

Crisis can bring out the best or the worst in communities. Winona will discuss what it’s going to take to herald in a restorative, regenerative, and just society, one where we appreciate each other, localize our economy, get cleaner, and healthier.

Let us put our minds and hearts together to make a good future for our children!

Offered by: Eventbrite


Thursday, May 28th, 3:00pm

Increased Retention Rates Through Peer Mentorship: A Case Study with UH Hilo

With the spring semester finishing online for institutions across the country due to COVID-19, higher education leaders find themselves looking ahead to fall 2020 with uncertainty. Enrollment and retention numbers are threatened by the unknown public health implications and guidelines come September. 

Higher education leaders are asking, will incoming students enroll? Will current students come back?

Increased Retention Rates Through Peer Mentorship: A Case Study with UH Hilo is a webinar for provosts, deans, and other senior leaders of higher education institutions. Join Dr. Farrah-Marie Gomes, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo to learn why UH Hilo has chosen to invest in holistic student support by offering large-scale peer mentorship to all incoming first-year students, leading to a retention increase of nearly 16 percent.

Offered by: Mentor Collective


Friday, May 29th, 2:30pm (must register or login)

Recovery 2020: Scenarios for the Fall and Beyond.

ACE President Ted Mitchell, Joshua Kim (Dartmouth College), and Edward J. Maloney (Georgetown University) discuss possible scenarios for the fall and their implications for the future of higher education.

Offered by: ACE Engage



Wednesday, June 3rd, 1:00pm

Involvement Fairs Roundtable 

As colleges and universities begin scenario planning for the next semester, student organization coordinators are faced with the challenging question of building campus community in a period of isolation. Student organizations face the unique challenge of recruiting and operating in a socially distant world. For many institutions, campus involvement fairs have been at the heart of the campus experience. But how do we translate these keystone experiences for students and organizations into virtual spaces?

Join colleagues from the Student Organization Advisors Community of Practice for a facilitated roundtable conversation to discuss successes, tools, challenges, and ideas to bring our campus involvement fairs to students virtually. We’ll spend some of our time breaking out into smaller groups to talk about some of our own specific needs, as well as coming together in a larger group to think through some of the best fits for our different institutions.


Jen Grossman Leopard, Assistant Director of Student Organizations, Penn State University
Becky Hass, Involvement Coordinator-Student Organizations, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Jez Catambay-Lopez, Associate Director of Student Life, Georgia State University


Thursday, June 4th, 1:00pm

Using Arts Activities to Increase Self-Awareness, Emotional Health, and Cultural Sensitivity During COVID-19 and Beyond


Discover how activities involving creative expression, reflection, and sharing can help both student affairs practitioners and their students explore their individual and cultural identities, process challenging experiences, and increase self-awareness and understanding of people with differing backgrounds and perspectives. These activities can involve modalities such as narrative/creative writing, visual artmaking, video, music, participatory theatre, and dance/movement. I will provide a conceptual framework and examples from my research with undergraduates. Find out how these activities can be used in student affairs practitioner training and with students in residence halls and multicultural, wellness, and career centers. I will also discuss how some of these activities can be adapted for use online, which can be particularly useful during COVID-19.

Presented by:  Kathleen M. Goodyear, PhD, she, her, hers, Independent Researcher/Practitioner

Offered by: ACPA2GO


Tuesday, June 23rd, 10:00am

Gender Equality Around the Globe 

The Around the Globe series is a collaborative effort between ACUI, ACPA, and IASAS in recognition of our international membership. This series of webinars provides the opportunity for members in different countries to share how common issues and practices in student affairs are experienced in different parts of the world. This webinar addresses gender equity on campus, the challenges campuses face with regard to gender, and how different campuses face those challenges.

Presented by:

Jaco Brink, South Africa
Beidan Mussa, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates   
Nora Montalvo-Liendo, Ph.D., United States
Dr. Gemma Irvine

Offered by: ACUI


Tuesday, June 23rd-Friday, June 26th

Student Affairs Assessment Institute

ACPA members: $199; ACPA student members: $149; Non-members: $299; Student non-members: $249

Sponsored by ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and Campus Labs, the Student Affairs Assessment Institute provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. This signature institute balances instruction with hands-on practice to ensure attendees leave with practical assessment skills and knowledge.

Offered by: ACPA and Campus Labs


The resources below are webinars or presentations that you can view at your pace.  Most have been previously recorded so there is not an option for online interaction.

The Key Podcasts from Inside Higher Education (multiple podcast)

Taking Student Services Online In Response To Covid-19

How to Become the Educator That Male Black and Latino Students Need

How the Economy Is Changing Higher Education Management

Supervising A Virtual Team

Online/Zoom Job Interview Resources

Virtual LGBTQ Online Book Club (Equality NC) 1st Sundays @7pm

Friday Night Movies With ENC (Equality NC) Fridays @8pm

NASPA - Virtual Conference (March 30th-May 15th)

CAPTRUST: Coping with Market Volatility 

TIAA: Market Volatility recorded

FIDELITY: Market Update: The latest developments and having confidence in your plan

Health, Safety, and Well-being Videos to Support Practitioners Taking their Work Online  

LeaderShape Webinars: Multiple Topics Related to Leadership 

NASPA: Careers in Student Affairs Month webcasts, various topics 

Equity North Carolina: Virtual Discussion group for transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary folks Thursdays 7pm EST 

FlipGrid how-to videos (various listed) 

Campus Labs COVID-19 Resource Center Various Resources

HigherEd Live: Multiple Topics 

Student Affairs Live: Multiple Topics various/recordings various 

Campus Labs Training and Support (videos/articles) 

Meditations & Stress Relief Resources 

Association for Experiential Education (free recorded webinars)


The Center for Academic Excellence Team, as well as other faculty and staff support champions, welcome you to open workshops and resources. Information includes how to videos and online teaching guides. Visit our  Keep Teaching page for additional resources and access to our Faculty Champions