Free Online Learning Opportunities

ACUI Safe Zone Introduction | November 13, 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern

The ACUI Safe Zone Introduction is a way to provide a foundational introduction to the LGBTQ+ community and the issues facing those individuals. This program will be an interactive experience that will allow participants to have discussions around sexual orientation and gender to help them better support and understand people who identify as LGBTQ+. Upon competition, participants will be able to attend additional sessions focused on certain populations within the LGBTQ+ community and specific topics pertaining to LGBTQ+ individuals.

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About the Presenters

Dr. Clayton Kolb currently serves as the associate director of union management within student engagement and campus life at Virginia Tech. He received a bachelor of arts in social work and a master of science in organizational leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a doctor of education from Grand Canyon University. Prior to work in the union, his background consists of student activities, leadership development, and first-year experience programming. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University since 2014, teaching organizational management and leadership courses. Within ACUI, he currently serves as the Region VI Director and co-lead for the LGBTQ+ Community of Practice. 

Shane Farmer currently serves as the associate director of venue and technical services within campus life at Clemson University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology with a minor in poverty studies from Furman University and a Master of Education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida. Prior to his work at Clemson, he has worked with student organization policy and advising, programming and programming boards, and union operations and event planning. He currently serves as the Region III inclusivity coordinator and as the co-lead for the LGBTQ+ Community of Practice.

Is My Assessment Socially Just? | November 21, 1 p.m. Eastern

You've been assessing your program or services, but you're starting to wonder how your assessments align with the social justice goals of student affairs. In late 2017, a call went out over the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders listserv asking for volunteers to participate in projects related to critical approaches to assessment. A small group has been collaborating on a foundational document to push student affairs further in the direction of aligning social justice and equity with assessment practices. Participants will learn about this initiative and emerging best practices, as well as engage in discussion offering feedback and critiques aimed at increasing the understanding and practice of socially just assessment.

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About the Presenter

Sophie Tullier, M.A., is the assistant director for assessment and research in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland–College Park. In this role, Tullier uses her expertise to coach staff in developing assessment and research plans to understand student learning, development, and belonging as a result of engaging in programs and services offered through the student union. 

Why Lactation Suites are Important to Supporting Families | February 19, 3 p.m. Eastern

Learn about lactation suites in this partner webinar sponsored by ACUI and NACAS. Attendees will learn about lactation suites, Mamava’s mission, and the experiences a few universities have had incorporating these suites on campus. You will leave empowered and informed to make key decisions about the need for and use of lactation suites on your own campus.

About the Presenters

Tina Young had been an event coordinator at Temple University for the past six years. She assists with planning events in the Howard Gittis Student Center as well as other locations on main campus. In her time at Temple, she noticed that there was a need for accommodations, including a lactation suite. After a year of research and a convincing proposal, Young was able to bring the first Mamava to main campus to support mother’s in the Philadelphia area.

Sharyn Martin is the director of national accounts in the Education Department of Mamava. She brings over 25 years of experience supporting higher education customers, and she joined Mamava 18 months ago. In her current role, Martin works with various areas on campus such as, auxiliary services, Title IX, human resources, student affairs, purchasing, space planning, and facilities. Martin is excited to part of the team as we continue on this journey of revolutionizing the culture of breastfeeding.

As the director of faculty affairs and executive support, Kim Wolcott oversees day-to-day operations of the dean’s Office and faculty affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. As the dean’s chief of staff, Wolcott also works closely with the Dean, senior leadership, department chairs, and members of the faculty and staff to ensure the school’s strategic mission is implemented throughout the departments and initiatives. Prior to joining Penn Dental Medicine, Wolcott was an associate director in student life at Drexel University and managed operations for the Office of the Vice President of Student Life. Wolcott graduated from the University of Scranton and holds a master's of global and international education from Drexel University.

Dana Angioni has been with the Lee Business School at University of Nevada–Las Vegas for 10 years. She serves as the assistant director for leadership programs, academic advisor, and Nevada Global Business coordinator. In addition, Angioni is a member of the UNLV Women's Council Steering Committee and co-chair of the Family Advocacy Task Force. Angioni is a mother of two (ages 5 and 7) and nursed both of her children, for a total of six years. She is passionate about providing appropriate lactation spaces on campus and creating an environment, through family-friendly policies, for all parents to thrive.

Shellie Brattain-Mazzella is a mom of two boys and has been at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas for 20 years. She's served as a co-chair for the Family Advocacy Committee of the Women's Council for the last two years and as a steering committee member of the Women's Council for the last four. After seeing a Mamava pod in an airport on vacation, Brattain-Mazzella snapped a photo, sent it to her committee, and now has a pod in their Student Union as well as garnering additional funding for two additional pods and the support of their students and their administration to start changing the culture of the institution.

Around the Globe Webinar Series

The Around the Globe series is a collaborative effort between ACUI, ACPA – College Student Educators International, and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS). This series provides the opportunity for members in different countries to share how common issues and practices in student affairs are experienced in different parts of the world.

Information will be added about individual webinars as available. Additional planned topics are free speech, race and equality, gender issues, role of students, mental health, and sustainability.

University Services Around the Globe | October 24, 11 a.m. Eastern

This webinar addresses university services, how services differ in different countries, and challenges different campuses face in providing services to students. Attendees will be able to recognize similarities and differences between their campus and the models featured, learn from the experiences of other in the field around the world , and grow in global cultural competence.

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Mirela Mazalu is the secretary general of the European University College Association in Brussels, a network of university and college halls of residences in 12 European countries. Her main responsibilities are focused on research in European project consortia on soft skills learning and assessment in residential settings, quality mobility, youth employability; designing international co-curricular activities for students; and designing professional development events for student affairs professionals in Europe. Mazalu is member of the board of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS).

Adnan Farah is a professor at the University of Bahrain.

Dr. Teboho Moja is a professor of higher education at New York University, an extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape–South Africa, and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award (2019) and the National Research Foundation Lifetime Achiever Award (2019).

Andrea Strachan is currently the director, student services at The University of Queensland. Having spent 14 years developing and delivering services to enhance the student experience in one form or another, Strachan's professional working career has included leadership roles within UK students’ unions, including as chief executive of the Students’ Union at University of the Arts London, LSE and the University of Manchester.

Approaches to Sustainability Around the Globe | November 14, 9 a.m. Eastern

This webinar addresses sustainability efforts on campus and what different campuses offer with regard to sustainability promotion and action.  

About the Presenters 

Dr. Justin Mog joined the University of Louisville administration in August 2009 as the university’s first assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. He earned his B.S. in environmental studies and geology from Oberlin College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in land resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Environmental Studies. Mog was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 2001, where he did his dissertation research on developing and applying a framework for evaluating sustainable rural development programs. Before coming to Louisville, Kentucky, Mog served three years in Peace Corps (Paraguay), where he and his wife worked with farm families and nonprofits to promote sustainable rural prosperity. He seeks an Earth restored and lives his life accordingly. 

Rose Armour is the head of sustainability at American University of Sharjah. She holds a master's of community and regional planning from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in natural resource management from the University of Texas–Austin. In the past, Armour worked with the Social Innovation Fund in Washington, D.C., and the Peace Corps (Fiji) as the director of programming and training. She also worked with Peace Corps (Burkina Faso, West Africa) as a program officer for small enterprise development, focusing on the economical benefits of sustainable agribusiness and ecotourism opportunities. Armour served as the assistant director for the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program at the University of Oregon, working to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions. She began her career with the Near East Foundation working with rural women’s associations in southern Morocco to address environmental impacts through income generation opportunities. Additionally, Armour served with Peace Corps (Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa) as an urban environmental management volunteer.

Dr. Joe Larragy is lecturer in social policy at Maynooth University. He is a sociologist who has worked in various think tanks before coming to Maynooth in 2001. He has a range of interests, including ageing, and forms of participative governance and voluntary-statutory relationships. In 2013, he founded Maynooth Green Campus (MGC), a partnership between Maynooth University, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, and Trócaire (a major Irish development agency with HQ on the campus). MGC works on climate justice and campus-level environmental action in several thematic areas. MGC is a citizen-driven initiative that links scientists and the wider campus community and works to mainstream environmental concerns across the curriculum. Thanks to MGC, in 2015, Maynooth became the first university in Ireland to adopt a policy of not investing its funds in fossil fuel industries. MGC has co-hosted conference and workshops on climate justice ethical and zero carbon investment. In 2018, Maynooth was rewarded with the Green Campus Flag by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education.

Student Mental Health Around the Globe | December 4, 9 a.m. Eastern

This webinar addresses mental health on campus, the challenges campuses face with regard to mental health, and how different campuses face those challenges. 

About the Presenters 

Dr. Hind Alrustamani is the acting dean of student affairs and the director of student counseling Center at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Alrustamani has been working in Tabyeen Center for Research and Training in Dubai since 2012. During 2006–11, she established Aura and Color Center in Geneva and dealt with a multinational community and families in transition. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology from Webster University, Geneva, as well as a master's degree in tropical medicine and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Imperial College in the United Kingdom.

Charl Davids is a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. He is a former youth programme manager at Selfhelp Manenberg; training department manager (Trauma Centre for the Survivors of Violence and Torture), and principal psychologist (South African Police Services). He started his private practice in 2003. He joined University of Western Cape's Psychology Department in 2006, where he lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2016–17, he held the position of head of the Department of Psychology; he also served as deputy head from 2013–15 Head. He is currently the deputy director at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at Stellenbosch University. Since 2018, he also serves as the SADC regional coordinator of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction.  

Dr. Christie White is the president of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc., supporting professional staff working in post-secondary education to enhance student engagement, participation, well-being, and development. A psychologist by trade, she is also the executive director of student success and well-being at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, where her portfolio includes health and wellness services to students. 

Dr. Sharon Mitchell is the senior director of student wellness and director of counseling services at the University at Buffalo. She is the current president of the Association for College and University Counseling Center Directors. She has worked as a counseling center administrator, staff psychologist, and faculty in higher education institutions for more than 25 years. She has presented nationally and published research on emerging adulthood, group counseling, racial identity development, interpersonal violence, eating disorders, suicide prevention, international college students, and college counseling center organizational structures. 

Nic Streatfield is head of student support & wellbeing at University of East London. He is vice chair of AMOSSHE, the student services organisation, and is a co-author of the Sage publication, Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide. Streatfield has written the module on confidence, self-esteem, and resilience for Oxford University Press’ "Being Well, Living Well" programme and has presented nationally and internationally on a range of student experience matters.

Upcoming Online Courses

ACUI offers online courses that allow you to obtain a badge or micro-credential to demonstrate competence in a specified skill set and receive recognition for continuing your education and advancing your career.

Courses cost $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers.

Note: The registration deadline has passed for the October 14 courses.

Collaborating Across Campus with Collective Bargaining | October 14–December 15

This training will empower staff to successfully engage and supervise institutional staff represented by collective bargaining agreements. Topics will include foundational understanding of the history and goals of collective bargaining, the landscape for labor unions, how to read and honor collective bargaining agreements, the role of human resources representation, discipline and dispute procedures, and contract negotiation.


  • Collective Bargaining Foundations
  • Landscape for Labor Unions
  • How to Read and Honor Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Role of HR Representation
  • Discipline and Dispute Procedures
  • Contract Negotiation

Course Authors 

Faculty and Subject Matter Experts
  • Laurie Woodward, Director, Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon
  • Ellen Grant, Assistant Director for HR and Administrative Services, University of Oregon
Inclusive Spaces | October 14–December 15

This training will provide valuable content concerning strategies for creating and maintaining union/student center environments that welcome, respect, and honor all individuals. Topics covered will include the establishment of LGBTQA inclusive spaces, accessibility, cultural audits of art and campus icons, employment practices, and programming policies.


  • Foundations of Design
  • Cultural Traditions and Audits
  • Accessibility
  • Practice and Policy
  • LGBTQ+
  • Social Justice and Racial Equity
  • All Faiths

Course Authors 

  • Jeremy Davis, Director, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, University of Wyoming
  • Jordy Dickey, Assistant Director of Student Union, Baylor University

Subject Matter Experts
  • Rachel Henry, Director of Event Management and Marketing, Louisiana State University 
  • Jordy Dickey, Assistant Director of Student Union, Baylor University
  • Katie Beaulieu, Associate Director, Student Center, Wayne State University
Marketing for Student Engagement | October 14–November 24

This training will provide valuable content concerning strategies for engaging students in the union and on campus and increasing student attendance at events.


  • Student Engagement and Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Marketing for Different Kinds of Engagement
  • Political or Representational Engagement
  • Measuring Engagement Levels
  • Strategies for Engagement

Course Authors 

  • Thad Doyle, Senior Associate Director, Student Life, University of Akron
  • Deirdre Kennelly, General Manager, Mary Immaculate College

Subject Matter Experts
  • Deirdre Kennelly, General Manager, Mary Immaculate College
Find Out What to Expect from an Online Course

Participants should complete the work in the week it is scheduled. Participants must reach out to the instructor of that module to request an exception.

Course Format

These courses consist of six to eight weeks of online learning. Some aspects are asynchronous (done on your own time) and some are synchronous (done as a class).

Courses includes high engagement, not only with the content, but also with your peers and faculty. Assignments and knowledge checks are included throughout the course. 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.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and digital badge.

Method of Evaluation and Grading Policy

The final grade will be based both on the assignments and participation. Participation includes completion of all aspects of the course, full participation in the discussions, and attendance or viewing of virtual classroom sessions. Faculty will grade all assignments and provide feedback.

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.

Prerequisite/Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for courses, but 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.

Program Evaluation and Feedback

You will be contacted mid-course to collect feedback on your experience with the course. You will also be able to fill out the survey at the end of the course with opinions on the program and suggestions on how we can improve going forward. Please take notes as you go through this program and share with us your perspective on how we can better serve you in future.