This seminar is designed for mid-level professionals who aspire to higher level positions in student affairs. Focusing on career advancement in higher education and preparing employees to be senior leaders is good for everyone: the organization, the students, the campus community, and the individuals looking to advance.

Build skills and strategies to support your career advancement in higher education! Presented in partnership with ACUHO–I, ACUI, and NIRSA, the 2022 Aspiring Directors Institute (ADI) is a three-day intensive professional development program, which will be hosted at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from July 12–14.

Each day of the Institute will offer specially curated content sessions, in addition to structured opportunities for discussions, meaning making, and relationship building throughout. Join your peers to learn about relevant trends impacting higher education with a lens of social justice and equity woven throughout explorations of staffing, organizational development, planning, and fiscal management.

Attendees will explore:
  • Strategies and skill sets that support advancement in the profession.
  • Relevant trends impacting higher education with a lens of social justice and equity woven throughout topics including organizational development, planning, and fiscal management.
  • Competency development in professional supervision; assessment and goal setting; and navigating institutional dynamics to manage resources effectively.
  • Networking opportunities with a cohort of cross-functional peers who can support you through your journey.

ACUI is excited to continue partnering with ACUHO-I and NIRSA to support future higher education leaders in their learning and development.


Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, July 12
  • 8:30 a.m.–Noon: Institute Welcome and Program Sessions
  • Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
  • 1–5 p.m.: Program Sessions and Small Group Networking
  • Dinner on Own
Wednesday, July 13
  • 8:30 a.m.–Noon: Program Sessions
  • Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
  • 1–5 p.m.: Program Sessions, Small Group Networking, and Campus Tours
  • Dinner on Own
Thursday, July 14
  • 8:30–11 a.m.: Program Sessions
  • 11 a.m.–Noon: Closing Celebration
  • Departures


Registration is now open. ACUHO-I, ACUI, and NIRSA members save on registration rates. Register by June 27 to receive special pricing. Capacity is limited to 70 participants.

(through June 27)
(beginning June 28)


The Institute registration fee includes access to all in-person sessions and supporting materials, plus two lunches provided on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13.

Register Now

Please note: registrants who are current ACUI and NIRSA members or who are not members of ACUHO-I, ACUI, and NIRSA will be required to create an ACUHO-I profile before they can complete the registration process. When prompted on the landing page, click the green Sign Up button and follow the instructions.

If you need any registration assistance, please contact the ACUHO-I Central Office via email at, or call 614.292.0099 during regular business hours.

Plan Your Trip

Please find information below to help your coordinate your travel and lodging for the 2022 Aspiring Directors Institute. Feel free to contact Justin Rudisille at with any questions about the institute.

Participants will have the flexibility to choose their own accommodation to suit their individual needs, and there are several options available within proximity of the Northwestern University campus. Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau has a helpful website that lists a range of properties in the area. To find those closes to campus, you can also filter the listing by choosing ‘Evanston’ as the designated North Shore city.
Transportation & Parking

Getting around Evanston and Greater Chicago is easy with a variety of available public transportation options—including service to and from both Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) (17 miles away) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) (26 miles).

Information about public transportation lines that serve the Northwestern University campus can be found here.

If you plan to drive to and from campus, information about available parking can be found here.


Two lunches will be provided during the institute.

Additional meals will be the responsibility of the participant. The event site is close to several eateries at which participants can grab a quick bite on their own or gather with friends and colleagues.

Browse a list of nearby establishments here.

Cancellation Policy

Should individual registrant(s) cancel their registration for the 2022 Aspiring Directors Institute:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing sent to Should an individual need to cancel, transfers of registration to another staff member at the same institution are allowed at no charge.
  • From the time of registration through June 15, 2022, registration fees will be refunded minus a $75 cancellation processing fee.
  • Starting June 2, 2022, registration fees will be refunded minus a $325 cancellation processing fee ($250 for facilities, food, beverages, and supplies plus our standard $75 processing fee).
  • Refunds will not be granted for no-shows. You are considered a no-show if you have not notified ACUHO-I of your cancellation by the time onsite check-in opens at the conference. Delegates assume responsibility for notification and verification of cancellation receipt by ACUHO-I.

Should ACUHO-I/ACUI/NIRSA cancel the 2022 Aspiring Directors Institute:

  • Registration fees paid may be refunded upon written request directed to within 30 calendar days of the cancellation announcement, and will be processed within 30 days of receipt.
  • If a refund is not requested within the above referenced 30-day window, registration fees will be held as a credit to be used within 12 months of the cancellation announcement for any ACUHO-I, ACUI, or NIRSA event registration, online course purchase, membership, or product(s).
  • ACUHO-I, ACUI, and NIRSA are not responsible for cancelling any travel, hotel, or other arrangements related to participation in this event, nor any cancellation fees from those arrangements.
Participant Health & Safety

The health and safety of delegates, industry partners, and association staff remains the highest priority. ACUHO-I, ACUI, and NIRSA continue to follow and stay up to date on CDC guidelines. We are also in close contact with other associations that are offering face-to-face events and our event site partners to better understand best and emerging practices associated with face-to-face engagement during the pandemic.

Since the 2022 Aspiring Directors Institute will be hosted on Northwestern University’s campus, all participants, speakers, partners, volunteers, and staff associated with the event must follow the policies and protocols (including masking, social distancing, etc.) established by the University while they are in attendance.