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

Crowd Control Roundtable | March 16, 11 a.m. Eastern

This webinar looks at planning and implementation of crowd control techniques for the college campus. Are you trying to manage social distancing guidelines in your union and/or dining hall? Are you preparing for campus events again once holding them is safe again? Let’s explore this topic and best practices related to it.

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Assessment Foundations | March 17, 3 p.m. Eastern

This webinar begins a series of assessment-related webinars during the month of March. In this session, we will introduce assessment and how to prepare for your assessment project. Future sessions will cover data collection and data analysis/reporting.  

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About the Presenters

This webinar is sponsored by the Research Program Team.

  • Jez Catambay-Lopez, Associate Director for Student Life, Georgia State University
  • Liz Lubinger, Research Analyst, Ohio State University 

Data Collection for Assessment | March 23, 11 a.m. Eastern

Participants will gain the knowledge of gathering and using data that can be used to inform programming initiatives for the future. Data collection methods will be identified and participants will be able to replicate methodology at their institution. Data collected can be used to justify or request new resources for future program growth. 

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About the Presenters 

This webinar is sponsored by the Research Program Team.

Kim Haines, Ed.D., is the director of student union & activities at SUNY–Brockport. She is an active member of ACUI and currently serves as a member of the Research Program Team. Haines serves as an adjunct faculty member in recreation and leisure with a focus on event management. She believes in developing a sense of belonging and community through her work in the student union.   

Scott Haines is the director of campus recreation at SUNY–Brockport. Haines has served as an adjunct faculty in both the recreation and leisure studies and sport management departments. He is an active member of NIRSA, serving as past state director for New York; he has made numerous professional presentations at the state, regional, and national level.  His research interest is in college recreational sports where he has co-authored 11 articles in the Recreational Sports Journal.

Using the Enneagram to Advise Your Students | March 25, 3 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will cover all nine Enneagram types and their strengths and weaknesses. Then, the presenter will cover how you can utilize each type's strengths to help them feel appreciated and wanted in the workplace. How each Enneagram type will respond to feedback will also be explored. 

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About the Presenter 

Mckenna Hufford is a first-year master's student in the student affairs administration in higher education program at Ball State University. Hufford attended Purdue University for her bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management. After completion of her master's degree in July 2021, she plans to stay in the Midwest and either join a Ph.D. program or start her career in higher education. Hufford uses the Enneagram in her life daily and utilizes the resources and tools given to her to grow as a professional. She uses the Enneagram in her personal life to help form new friendships and strengthen existing ones. 

After Data ... | March 30, 1 p.m. Eastern

What do you do with the data once you have it? Have you ever had a moment when you gather data from your project and just stare at it, not knowing where to start? This webinar covers analysis and use of data. Join us for this final session in the assessment series.

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About the Presenters

This webinar is sponsored by the Research Program Team.

  • Katie Wilson, Director, Armstrong Student Center, Miami University
  • Ben Perlman, Director, Student Center Operations & Events, Emory University
  • Brian Magee, Associate Director, Wilson Commons Student Activities, University of Rochester
ACUI Together Series | April 13, Noon Eastern

In 2020, we offered networking opportunities twice a month for members. For 2021, we will continue this, with networking opportunities every other month. ACUI Together will continue to provide online space for you to meet with other ACUI members in small groups with varying formats. We hope these opportunities for networking and support will help our members continue to stay strong, healthy, and productive during the coming months.

April Registration

Upcoming ACUI Together Dates

Registration will be available for these dates at a later time.

  • June 15 
  • August 17 
  • October 12 
  • December 14
Telling Our Stories | April 23, 3 p.m. Eastern

To honor GLSEN’s Day of Silence and pay tribute to the LGBTQIA story, the LGBTQ+ Community of Practice is hosting a virtual event of “Telling Our Stories.'' This storytelling experience is mirrored after a traditional educational session held at annual conferences over the years. For this session, there will be a panel who will be sharing stories; there will be time for others to share as they feel comfortable so we collectively can honor National Coming Out Day.

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About the Presenters 

Dr. Clayton Kolb currently serves as the director of the Sykes Student Union and student activities at West Chester University. 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 firs-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 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 co-lead for the LGBTQ+ Community of Practice.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Series

The ACUI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Team and regional inclusivity coordinators have collaborated to develop a new monthly series aimed at addressing oppression and equipping members to create more inclusive spaces on college campuses. This monthly virtual series will focus on allyship and advocacy in action. Learn from experts, reflect on your own behaviors, and connect with colleagues on these important topics.

The next event will be in April; check back for details.

Through participation in the series, attendees will:

  • Be able to define and conceptualize key terms pertinent to anti-racism
  • Have increased knowledge and awareness of self, identity, culture, intersectionality, power, privilege and oppression
  • Be able to learn techniques for honest, respectful dialogue about race
  • Understand institutional, systemic forces of classism, sexism, homophobia, and systemic forms of oppression that intersect with racism
DEI Series

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.

Traditional Courses

Traditional courses last several weeks and include both synchronous and asynchronous learning with your cohort. Courses cost $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is one week prior to start date.

The following courses are in development; more details will be available soon!

  • Fundraising and Alumni Development
  • Emergency Preparedness and Management
  • Marketing Tools


Mini-courses only cost $99 and are self-paced! You have up to six months from your registration to complete a course. There are no classes or peer-to-peer interaction.

In addition to the Online Accessibility Course that is now available, ACUI will offer the following mini-courses in 2021:

  • Language of and Use of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Application of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Frameworks
  • Data Collection and Use of Data
  • Research Ethics
  • Programming and Event Planning
  • Event Operations
  • Event Risk Management
  • Understanding of Self, Identity, and Culture
  • Institutional Awareness and Communication of Social Justice
  • Social Justice Advocacy
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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Course Expectations


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.

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.

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.