IPDS: New Professionals Virtual Seminar Series lays the foundation for a successful career in the college unions and student activities field.

Skills and knowledge gained during IPDS Virtual Summer Series, June 15–July 17, will inform and inspire participants, enabling them to contribute to advancing campus community. Participants will:

  • Further skills in multiple competency areas, including communication, supporting students, and leadership
  • Build a network of peers from other institutions to call on for advice and continued learning
  • Discover relevant trends impacting higher education—including change management, social justice, mental health, and fiscal management
  • Hear lessons learned and best practices from experienced professionals
  • Find solutions to common issues in the profession—whether entering the field out of graduate school or making a career change


Week of June 15

On Your Own

  • Video Module – An introduction to using LearnUpon for the course
  • Video Module – Core competencies overview
  • Reading

Group Sessions

  • June 16, 2 p.m. Eastern – Career Foundations Panel
  • June 18, 4 p.m. Eastern – Speed Sharing
    Meet your colleagues in the New Professionals Orientation with this networking activity!
Week of June 23

On Your Own

  • Video Module
  • Participate in a discussion post

Group Sessions

  • June 23, 2 p.m. Eastern – Mental Health Panel
  • June 24, 2 p.m. Eastern – Beverage Break with Your Colleagues
  • June 25, 2 p.m. Eastern – Follow Up Discussion: Supporting Staff and Self
Week of June 30

On Your Own

  • Video Module
  • Reading
  • Participate in a discussion post

Group Sessions

  • June 30, 2 p.m. Eastern – Counter-Narratives in Career Advancement Panel
  • July 2, 2 p.m. Eastern – Follow Up Discussion: Career Advancement
Week of July 7

On Your Own

  • Video Module
  • Reading
  • Participate in a discussion post

Group Sessions

  • July 7, 2 p.m. Eastern – Fiscal Management Panel
  • July 9, 2 p.m. Eastern – Discussion: Budgeting and Managing Resources
Week of July 14

On Your Own

  • Video Module – Legal Issues and Risk Management
  • Participate in a discussion post

Group Sessions

  • July 14, 2 p.m. Eastern – Change Management Panel
  • July 16, 2 p.m. Eastern – Follow Up Discussion: Political Savvy for New Professionals
  • July 17, 4 p.m. Eastern – Wrap Up Celebration


By registering for this event, attendees will access:

  • Weekly feature sessions and panel discussions on key topics, with follow-up discussions with cohort members
  • Video modules produced for on-demand viewing
  • Curated reading materials related to competency areas
  • Private discussion forums to share ideas and learn from others
  • Networking and cohort building activities throughout the course
  • Digital copies of educational resources and participant information

You may find the full cancellation policy here.

Registration Details

Professional Member: $300
Professional Nonmember: $400

Register Now

Deadline: June 8

What to Expect

Course Format

This year, IPDS will consist of five weeks of online learning. Some aspects are asynchronous (done on your own time) and some are synchronous (done as a class). This program includes high engagement, not only with the content, but also with your peers and faculty. In addition to reading and viewing content, students will engage in class discussions through discussion boards and attend regularly scheduled virtual classroom sessions in real time. These virtual classroom sessions will be recorded for those for whom attendance is not possible.

Netiquette Expectations

It is expected that all participants actively participate in the discussion board and virtual classroom and that all participants are respectful to each other and adhere to all ACUI policies.

Technical Requirements

A computer with high-speed Internet connection will be required to submit and participate in course activities. A webcam is strongly encouraged for virtual classroom meetings.