Participants will learn insights from experienced professionals regarding college union management, important skill sets for new professionals, common missteps to avoid, and gaining practical experience in areas outside current functional responsibilities. This session will draw upon the presenter's experiences supervising new professionals, obtaining professional development, and volunteering for professional organizations. Additionally, participants will review the role that the college union plays on campus and in the development of students, engaging in discussions about areas from ACUI's recently updated Role of the College Union statement.
Participants will reflect on the critical role that campus community builders play in supporting and providing space for activism that advances justice on campuses and in society, while also learning examples of how institutions are developing programs that allow diverse populations to thrive. Participants will learn current issues in the discourse on inclusion and equity in higher education, while discussing strategies for intentionally applying trends in student development theory to practice in their roles working with students to more effectively advance the student, staff, and faculty partnership experience within their organization.
Everyone is motivated—people are either motivated to do something or not do something. While true motivation is internal and intrinsic, certain environments enhance intrinsic motivation while other environments seem to overwhelm or block the motivational process. This session will engage participants in learning what they can do as an advisor, manager, and/or supervisor to create an environment that supports and incites motivation, including:
- The compelling differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation;
- The most recent knowledge about how the motivation process really works;
- How choice, challenge, and collaboration ignite motivation; and
- The connection between engagement and motivation.
Financial management and budgeting are often noted in the literature as areas in which new professionals feel inexperienced and lack access to formal training. Even those coming to work in college unions from other fields might find budgeting in higher education to be complex. While each campus has its own system for financial management and budgeting, this workshop will allow participants to explore actual departmental budgets, learn about standard financial terminology and practices, and ask questions. Examples covered will be typical to those new professionals might encounter on the job.
Through this session, participants from both IPDS: New Professionals Orientation and Aspiring Directors Institute will engage in an interactive case study related to student activism on campus and discuss strategies for handling such situations from a legal and practical perspective. Participants will reflect on free speech policies, communication protocols, and campus stakeholders to explore the important role that spaces for campus community play in both supporting and managing activism.
Participants will hear perspectives from current professionals about the many interesting and impactful career paths that can be experienced within student affairs. Topics discussed will include: evaluating when it is time to pursue the next step in a career; navigating promotion and advancement opportunities; utilizing skills and resources obtained from professional development and campus experiences to grow in the field; building a professional network of colleagues to call on for advice; and creating a personal career journey.
Speed sharing consistently receives high ratings from IPDS participants because it offers a quick way to get to know other members of the cohort and hear about the exciting innovations occurring across the profession. Participants will interact through multiple rounds of sharing around various theme areas, such as sustainability, technology solutions, staffing models, unique events, and other innovative projects.
Mental Health First Aid Certification Course
Monday, June 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and outlines common support strategies. This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.Participants will receive a certificate for the completion of this eight-hour program. Preregistration is required, which is $75 and includes lunch.
Indiana University–Bloomington Athletics Tour
Monday, June 18, 3–5 p.m.
Tour the facilities that serve as home for some of IU's Big Ten athletics teams, and check out some sports memorabilia. Preregistration is required.
Indiana University–Bloomington Campus Tour
Monday, June 18, 3–5 p.m.
Tour the IU campus—often ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses—to explore the collegiate buildings, green spaces, high-tech classrooms, grand performance venues, and recently renovated community building spaces. Preregistration is required.
- 8 a.m.–5 p.m. – Mental Health First Aid Certification Course (optional preconference; preregistration required)
- 3–5 p.m. – IU Athletics Tour (optional preconference; preregistration required)
- 3–5 p.m. – IU Campus Tour (optional preconference; preregistration required)
- 5–6 p.m. – Check-In
- 6–8 p.m. – Welcome Session and Dinner
- 8:30–11 a.m. – Workshop
- 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. – Tour and Lunch at the ACUI Central Office
- 1:30–2:30 p.m. – Tour of the Indiana Memorial Union
- 2:30–5 p.m. – Workshop
- 6–8 p.m. – Dinner
- 9 p.m. – Evening Social Activity
- 8:30–10:30 a.m. – Workshop
- 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Workshop
- 12:30–1:30 p.m. – Lunch
- 1:30–3 p.m. – Workshop
- 3:30–5 p.m. – Workshop
- 6–9 p.m. – Reception and Dinner
- 8:30 a.m.–Noon – Workshop
- Noon–2 p.m. – Lunch with Aspiring Directors Institute attendees
- 2–3:30 p.m. – Workshop
- 3:30–5 p.m. – Workshop
- Dinner on own around Bloomington
- 9–10:30 a.m. – Workshop
- 10:30 a.m.–Noon – Closing Session and Brunch