Working at an HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) | February 24, 1 p.m. Eastern
What does it mean to work at an Hispanic-serving Institution? How is working at an HSIs different from working at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University)? If you are transferring from a PWI (Primarily White Institution) to an HIS, what does that mean for you? Join our presenters as we take a look at the world of student affairs and college unions at HSIs.
Registration coming soon.
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.
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
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.
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 courses listed below that are now available, ACUI will offer the following mini-courses in 2021:
Programming and Event Planning
Event Risk Management
Understanding of Self, Identity, and Culture
Institutional Awareness and Communication of Social Justice
Social Justice Advocacy
Application of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Frameworks (Ongoing)
Develop data collection strategies that complement methodology choices
Employ privacy and equity when collecting and utilizing demographic data
Accurately interpret data
Align decision making with desired outcomes and use of critical thinking skills
Write empirically based reports and recommendations
Share data effectively to a wide variety of audiences
Assist students in understanding the importance of assessment, evaluation, and research, and how these techniques can be used in their future work
Software used for creating, implementing, and analyzing assessment, evaluation, and research projects
Research methods and applications of assessment, evaluation, and research
Correct use of assessment, evaluation, and research data to make decisions
Curriculum Development Team
Fundraising and Alumni Development (ongoing)
Many college union professionals are now being asked to include fundraising and alumni development as a part of their financial plans. This course will offer some examples of successful techniques for fostering relationships from graduation to donor.
Complete your comprehensive approach to a fundraising and alumni development campaign, including a case for support, marketing strategy, donor identification/ cultivation, fundraising platforms, and stewardship.
Subject Matter Experts
Language and Use of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research (Ongoing)
This course will cover assessment-, evaluation-, and research-specific language, as well as the differences between assessment, evaluation, and research. This course is meant to provide an introduction to this skill set and provide learners with basic
competency in this area. Further study is recommended for more advanced competency.
Understand when to use assessment, evaluation, or research methodologies based on data needed
Develop working knowledge of various reasoning methodologies
Ground assessment, evaluation, and research in relevant theory related to higher education and learning
Incorporate student voice in the assessment, evaluation, and research design process
Understand the importance of using assessment, evaluation, and research to support decisions, set priorities, and align with campus mission, vision, and values
Curriculum Development Team
Legal Issues on the College Campus (ongoing)
This training is designed to provide a broad overview of legal issues impacting college union and student activities professionals. Potential topics include diversity and inclusion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, Title IX, student organizations,
as well as other areas.
Topics covered will include ethical implications of assessment, evaluation, and research, such as human subject research, development of data-gathering tools, and interpretation and communication of results.
Conduct assessment, evaluation, and research in a socially just and equitable manner
Ethically use and share data, being conscious of issues of confidentiality and respect
Consistently ensure that references to research are appropriately cited and attributed
Create and be an active participant in scholarly contributions
Submit research proposals and follow campus-specific institutional review board guidelines
Curriculum Development Team
Full 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.
Professional Staff Supervision | January 17–March 7
This training is designed to look at helpful knowledge and skills related to supervising full-time staff. Potential topics include the transition from supervising students to supervising full-time staff, professional development, evaluations, and other
human resources topics.
This six-week course begins January 17. Registration has been extended to January 12.
The purpose of this course is to develop large-scale event management skills and knowledge in the college unions and student activities newer professional and/or those for whom large-scale events are a new addition to their job description.
This six-week course begins January 24. Virtual classrooms are Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Eastern. The rest of the course is asynchronous through our learning management system LearnUpon.
Use marketing tools to effectively create a content plan, including how to implement it, what the plan is, scheduling, and what tools they will need to accomplish it.
Inclusive Spaces | April 11–June 12
This training will cover 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, programming policies.
Emergency Preparation & Management | May 16–June 26
This training will provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an emergency preparedness and management action plan for their campus union, department, or program. This program starts May 16 and runs through June 26.
This training will provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an emergency preparedness and management action plan for their campus union, department, or program.
For full courses, participants should complete the work in the week it is scheduled, including discussions, and participate in virtual classrooms unless live participation is impossible. Participants must reach out to the instructor of that module to request an exception.
Full 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.
Mini-courses consist of approximately 30 hours of self-paced online learning. The student has up to six months to complete the course after enrollment. There are no interactive elements with peers in these courses.
Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate and digital credential.
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. For full courses, this includes full participation in the discussions and attendance or viewing of virtual classroom
sessions. Faculty will grade all assignments and provide feedback in full courses. Faculty will grade the final project for all mini-courses. All other assignments in the mini-courses are automatically scored by the Learning Management System.
For full courses, 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
Students in full courses will be contacted mid-course to collect feedback on their experience with the course. Students in all courses will 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.
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.
Your Work is Important
Ensure your campus community knows about the Role of the College Union
and the significance of what you and your staff do every day.