IPDS: New Professionals Orientation is the premier program for individuals new to the college union and student activities field. The 2023 program will be July 10–14 at Indiana University.

Whether this is a person’s first job out of graduate school or one has made a career change into an activities or union area, this institute will provide the foundation of a successful job or career. Skills and knowledge gained during this seminar will inform and inspire participants, returning them to campus ready to contribute to advancing campus community.

Participants will:

  • Further skills in multiple competency areas, fiscal management, human resource, organizational leadership, student learning, and social justice
  • Build a network of peers from other institutions to call on for advice and continued learning
  • Gather tips and tricks directly applicable to daily work
  • 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