Free Online Learning Opportunities for Members

These online learning events are free to anyone at a member institution. Nonmember pricing is $139. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact us at

Navigating Organizational Change | July 14, 2 p.m. Eastern

Leaders in higher education will discuss the topic of navigating organizational change. It will explore different approaches to managing change during times of chaos and provide participants with an understanding of managing organizational change in higher education.

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About the Panelists

The panel will be moderated by Joseph Hayes, Ed.D., who serves as assistant dean of students and director of Campus Center & student experiences at Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis. Panelists include:

  • Sarah Bohman, Talent Management Consultant, Ohio State University
  • Kim-Marie Jenkins, Director of Organizational Excellence, University of Maine System
  • Rhasheema Sanders, Associate Director of Change Management, California State University System
Living with Uncertainty Roundtable | July 21, 11 a.m Eastern

This roundtable focuses on managing the mental and emotional roller coaster that comes from uncertainty about the future and how we are all making campus plans in the midst of that uncertainty.

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Hybrid Operations Roundtable | July 23, 4 p.m. Eastern

This roundtable focuses on repurposing space, mask enforcement, engagement between on-site and online, and other issues related to hybrid operations.

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Mentorship in Onboarding | August 6, 3 p.m. Eastern

Whether staff restructuring has employees in new roles or your institution is in a position to bring in new hires, you will need to conduct internal or external onboarding. This webinar looks at the role mentorship plays in successful employee onboarding.

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About the Presenters

Neela Patel is the senior director, student centers and event services at Rutgers University. Patel has worked in the field of student affairs for 20 years and has served in several volunteer roles within ACUI.

Susan Buckenmeyer is the associate dean of students and director of special projects in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Texas–Austin. Buckenmeyer has worked at the university for 13 years, with much of that time spent in student activities working with student organizations.

Virtual Book Club

Wednesdays, June 17–July 22, 4 p.m. Eastern

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Team welcomes you to join a Virtual Book Club focused on Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education, Second Edition, by Özlem Sensoy and Robin  DiAngelo. Participants can join at any time, as each meeting will discuss a few chapters.

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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. The registration deadline is one week prior to start date.

Online Accessibility (Ongoing)

This training covers a variety of online communication methods, and how to make each more accessible. Covered topics include websites, PDFs, e-communications, and video.

This is a mini-course that only costs $99! This is a self-paced program, has no set dates, and does not require you to connect with faculty or peers. 

Please note, this course is structured so that students can participate as part of their virtual employment.

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Budget Development (Coming Soon)

This training will be a crash-course in different social media platforms that our students engage in. Learn about each platform and the ideal target audience and marketing strategies associated with each.

Subject Matter Experts
  • Lori Hill, University of Delaware
  • Benjamin Perlman, Emory University
  • Dean Smith, East Carolina University
  • Leslie Heusted, Washington University in St. Louis
Building Management 101 (Coming Soon)

The purpose of this course is to develop building management skills and knowledge in students within the college unions and student activities profession.

Topics covered include:

  • Emergency and Risk Management
  • People Skills
  • Daily Operations
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Career Development

Subject Matter Experts
  • Kaitlyn Howarth, William Paterson University
  • Carol Hill, Lehigh University
  • Taylor Church, Appalachian State University
  • Stephen McCay, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Omar Garcia, University of South Florida
Social Media and Modern Marketing (Coming Soon)

This training will be a crash-course in different social media platforms that our students engage in. Learn about each platform and the ideal target audience and marketing strategies associated with each.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Effective Use of Social Media
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes
  • Crisis Communication
  • Marketing for All Budgets
  • Organization and Analytics

Subject Matter Experts
  • Liz Rockstroh, University of Texas–San Antonio
  • Tara Benson, Missouri State University
  • Julie Moore, Missouri State University
Contracting (TBD)

This training will provide valuable content related to developing, negotiating, and executing contracts on behalf of a union at public and private institutions. Topics covered will include activities/events contracts, tenant agreements, facilities/service provider contracts, and banquet event orders, as well as signature authority, involving students, and mediation.

Subject Matter Experts
  • Jason Levy, Director, Student Centers & Conferences, Temple University
  • Zane Reif, Senior Director, Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University
  • Susan Pile, Senior Director, University Unions and Auxiliary Services, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
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.