Lessons Learned, Now Shared: Ed Session Deadline Approaching for Regional Conferences

The third time was a charm at Northeastern University’s Center for Student Involvement when it came to getting virtual student employment right in light of COVID-19. Now the center's Kylie Bowen and Alexandra Zinni are ready to share the important lessons they and others learned with a proposed session for the approaching Region VIII Annual Conference, set for Nov. 19-20.

It didn’t take long for Bowen, a student organizations program manager, and Zinni, a student engagement specialist, to prepare their Region VIII education session submission – just 11 fill-in-the-blanks – at ACUI’s Regional Conference submission portal. With regional conferences set to begin Nov. 4 and education session submission deadlines fast-approaching, regional conference planning teams have focused on making the proposal process as seamless and efficient as possible.

The portal offers a one-stop-shop for submitting a proposal and the associated contact information of the presenters who are volunteering to share professional resources at a historic time when higher education is reckoning with the pandemic, issues of institutional racial inequity, and U.S. political and economic instability. To learn what your region’s session submission deadline is, visit your region’s web page here.

These challenging times may be why session submissions already proposed include timely topics like “The Intersection of Financial Literacy and Social Justice” (Region III), “Free and Cheap Facilities Improvements” (Region II), “Leveraging White Privilege” (Region VIII), and “Student Advocacy in the Mist: Navigating Student Representation Before & During COVID-19” (Region III).

Michael McKean, pictured at right, is associate director at Texas A&M—Commerce’s Sam Rayburn Student Center. He is hoping to present “Free and Cheap Facilities Improvements” during the Region II virtual conference because he wanted to offer support and give tips to members on the importance of vendor relationships.Michael McKean

“I have spent my career seeking relationships with vendors that improve facilities and the user experience in our facilities,” he said. “Now more than ever before budgets are tight, however, students still expect vibrant facilities. Working with key vendors can help elevate the user experience in student facilities.”

With eight regional virtual conferences set to get underway between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1, and deadlines fast-approaching for volunteers to submit educational sessions, now is the time to share that expertise that is so valuable to other ACUI members. For questions or for more information about submitting session ideas or about the virtual conferences, contact ACUI at acui@acui.org or call 812.245.ACUI for assistance.

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