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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.


August 5th, 8:15am-4:00pm

Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Conference

Cost: $325

Do not miss this annual conference featuring DEI experts, bold solutions, uncomfortable conversations and best in class attendee experience networking. We have led in D&I for 10 years, and our annual conference is one of North America’s most respected gatherings of D&I professionals.
This year is different - the work world has changed - the format has changed but the values that set our conference apart: Preparing for Work Force 2030 means coming face to face with not one but three pandemics: Covid 19, Black Lives Matter Movement, Economic forecast and a willingness to deal with the realities and impact to our workplaces. D&I 2020 will feature top experts and practitioners who run toward rather than away from tough issues. We’ll cover the full range of D&I, focusing on both its human imperative and its business value.

Offered by: Diversity & HR Solutions and Cisco


Thursday, August 6th, 4:00pm-5:00pm


In this historic moment of heartache - the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, COVID 19, and white nationalism in the White House - Dr. Fania Davis explores how the nation is reckoning with the terrible truths of our history like never before - considering reparations, abolishing structures that systematically brutalize Black people, and building anew.

Systems of policing and public safety have terrorized Black people for 401 years. Fania asserts that history asks us to not only upend and reimagine systems of policing and public safety but to also re-envision justice. Addressing the intersectionality of race and the U.S. criminal justice system, she explores how restorative justice has the capacity to disrupt patterns of mass incarceration through effective, equitable, and transformative approaches. The multiple appeals today for truth and reconciliation gesture toward a new, more capacious justice that requires a collective reckoning.

Fania asserts, truth and reconciliation processes cannot be top-down. They must be homespun, informed but not defined, by truth and reconciliation processes from other times and places.

Our best hope, she argues, are restorative justice-informed truth processes that are bottom-up, radically-inclusive, community-driven, and rooted in Indigenous insights about humanity, collectivity, responsibility and the earth.

Offered by: SpeakOut


Monday, August 10th, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Stop the Scrolling: Engaging Generation Z Online


Register to receive the access link to the webinar. The link to the webinar will be emailed within one business day of the start of the webinar.

Gen Z or iGen (students born from 1995-2012) are currently searching, if not enrolled in higher education institutions. Being identified as the most technologically savvy generation, higher education needs to follow suit to keep prospective and current students engaged online. This session will explore the planning and implementation of interactive social media strategies targeted directly to the iGen population and their needs.

Offered by: ACPA2GO


Wednesday, August 12th, 12:00pm (must register prior to webinar)

A Fall Full of Uncertainty: Supporting the Student Experience @ Penn State and UNC Charlotte Undergrad.

What happens to the student experience under such uncertainty and disruption?

Dr. Lisa Walker, Associate Dean for Graduation and Advising at UNC Charlotte Office of Undergraduate Education, and Dan Murphy, Director for Student Orientation and Transition Programs from Penn State University will offer both higher level and on-the-ground strategies for supporting all students in fall 2020.

Offered by: Mentor Collective


Thursday, August 13th, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Intersections of Power and Institutional Change: Implementing a Transformative Advising Model


Register to receive the access link to the webinar which will be emailed within one business day of the start of the webinar.

“But that’s not how we’ve always done it.” This cringe-worthy refrain is all too common in our field, as practitioners who are attempting to create meaningful, transformative change on their campuses can attest. This session explores our experience in developing and implementing a new advising model to examine the way campus politics, rooted in power and privilege, makes our institutions risk- and change-averse. This session includes practical examples, specific political/power dynamics, and lessons learned that are applicable across specific institutional contexts.

Offered by: ACPA2GO


Week of August 24th

Spectrum 2020 3rd Annual Conference

General registration is $25. 

(If you are unable to pay for SUNY SPECTRUM, but would like to attend, a scholarship fund has been created by The SUNY Student Conduct Institute. Please email if you would like to apply for a 2020 SPECTRUM Scholarship.)

The third annual SPECTRUM conference will take place digitally over the week of August 24, 2020.

SPECTRUM is the nation’s largest education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Offered by: SUNY Spectrum Conference Team & Eventbrite


Thursday, August 27th, 12:00pm (must register prior to webinar)

Student Success During Crises: A Moving Target 

This is a webinar for provosts, vice provosts, and other senior leaders of higher education institutions.

Panelists Dr. Caryn Chaden, Associate Provost for Student Success and Accreditation, DePaul University and Dr. Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs, University of San Diego will offer student success strategies for higher education leaders moving to a hybrid solution in fall 2020.

Offered by: Mentor Collective



Thursday, September 3rd, 1:00pm 

Closing the Gaps in Voting Rates Among Underrepresented Students (Distance-informed)


18-to-19-year-olds are historically the age group with the lowest voting turnout, and social distancing will make this group even harder to reach. Additionally, voting rates vary between racial/ethnic identity, socio-economic status, and genders. This session will address how every functional area within Student Affairs has a critical role in closing voter gaps to promote a more just and equitable society.

Offered by: ACPA2GO


September 18th, 8:00am-11:30am

2020 Diversity in Action Roundtable

Join the Florida Diversity Council for our Diversity in Action Roundtable! This program offers you the opportunity to learn and share diversity and inclusion best practices with other organizational leaders within your community. In addition to learning valuable takeaways that can help you enhance your internal D&I efforts, you will also be able to engage with individuals who represent a wide array of perspectives, businesses, and industries.

Offered by: National Diversity Council



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.

"Get educated on the history that was never written in American history books and commit to share these resources with your networks.  Most of us need a crash course on people in the U.S. of African descent to solve the many current day injustices going back generations from the prison system, to police brutality, to educational lack of access, to minimal representation in corporate America and even less representation in earnings and wealth accumulation."

Listen and connect with black leaders on equity topics:
Everyone is Not at the Table (Toi Massey, Founder The JEKL Foundation, Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Founder STEM NOLA, Dr. LaTonya Riddle-Jones, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Dr. Jerryl Briggs, President of Mississippi Valley State University)
The Future of Work is Diverse and Inclusive; How Systemic Change Can Reverse Generational Inequities (Telisa Yancy; Chief Operating Officer, American Family Insurance, Oscar Sweeten-Lopez; President, College Success Tools, Dell Foundation, Dr. Eliza Lo Chi; Executive Director, American Medical Women's Association, Ronald McNeil; Co-Founder & CEO, Great Ball of Light, Inc., Ron Lessard; Acting Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, and Emanuel Walker)
Crisis Produces Inner Strength for Lifelong Success (Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Founder The Equity Project)
Why No One Should be Surprised by the Disparities/Inequities of COVID and America Protesting Racism (Karen McNeil-Miller; CEO, Colorado Health Foundation, Susan Taylor Batten; President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Lauren Casteel; President and CEO, Women's Foundation of Colorado, Carlos Martinez; President and CEO, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and Harry Budisidharta; Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center)
Post Pandemic Models in Higher Education; Discussion With College Presidents (Crystal Rose, MD, PhD; Executive Director Academic Affairs, OZY Media, Dr. Michael Torrence; President Motlow State Community College, Dr. Jamillah Moore; President Canada College, Dr. Cheryl Nixon, Provost Fort Lewis College, Dr. Bill Pink; President Grand Rapids Community College)
Read about current black Leaders and their perspectives:
From the Segregated South to CEO of the Third Largest Health Foundation: Honoring MLK (Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller)
Other resources:
The 1619 Project; The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
A reading list on issues of race. The wave of anger in reaction to George Floyd's killing has prompted an outpouring of interest on race and race relations across the U.S. This list is curated by The Harvard Gazette; Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding.
Links to read about Inclusive Leaders, many of whom are African American and people of color
Curated sessions from GlobalMindED 2020 YouTube channel:


More Resources

Archived Professional Development Opportunities

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