ACUI offers educational webinars and virtual roundtables to connect members around specific topics, concerns, and ideas.

Virtual Workshops

Essential Tools for Building Empathy | April 25, 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern

What is empathy? How can you build empathetic capacity in your work? You'll leave this workshop understanding how to embed empathy in your daily interactions with students and staff. Register for this workshop and walk away with tools you can apply immediately. Our speaker, Kendria Taylor, a former director of student affairs and vice president of career services with a decade of experience in the field, will lead this experiential workshop.

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Early (through March 15)

  • Member: $125
  • Nonmember: $150

Regular (March 16–April 21)

  • Member: $175
  • Nonmember: $210
Additional Details

Objectives and deliverables to include:

  • Understanding empathy and why empathy is a critical foundational skill
  • Listening to understand: moving from reacting to responding
  • Using the Empathy Impact Model and Empathy Circles during engagement with internal and external customers
  • Toxic empathy and how to avoid it

About the Presenter

Midwest girl turned entrepreneur, but the word that describes Kendria Taylor best is “FUN.” She will be the first to tell you that her training offerings involve the head, the heart, and the hands, but be ready for this unconventional training experience.

Taylor’s management expertise is layered with a master's in family studies, credentials in alternative dispute resolution; family, group mediation; and intense empathy circle facilitation. With 19 plus years of experience, holding many titles in corporate America, in higher education, and in healthcare, as a vice president, interim-CEO, and senior consultant, Taylor is a high-energy consultant and subject matter expert, known for her experiential and group play style of facilitation.

Taylor empowers managers and business leaders with her expertise in empathy, emotional intelligence, stress management team integrated systems, and the art of pivoting. She is an author of a children’s books series entitled “The Adventures of Jax and Riley,” the creator of the “Empathy is A Verb” and Mind Your Business Mindfulness journal, a highly sought-after speaker for educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations across the United States. Taylor started her training and consulting company TG8 LLC (TG8 Solutions Insight) where she currently serves as president and principal consultant. She provides advisory services to Empower Retirement Group, Tarrant County, Education is Freedom, State Farm, Inclusive Diversity Institute, and many more. She has received honors such as The Big Brothers Big Sisters “Heart of Gold Award” and has been the recipient of the “Big Sister of the Year” Award. She was recognized with the “Women with Vision” award by the Jr League of Arlington, and other notable mentions.

Kendria Taylor

Resilience in the Face of Resistance | May 24, 2–3:30 p.m.

Do you feel resistance as you balance professional expectations and personal goals? Building resilience is necessary to respond effectively to unexpected challenges. Find the bounce back to move forward and manage work, family, and life demands by attending this 90-minute workshop. Our speaker, Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, adjunct professor at Tulane University, will help you recognize the power of your personal narrative and how to use the value of your social capital to regain resilience in the face of resistance.

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Early (through May 1)

  • Member: $125
  • Nonmember: $150

Early (May 2–22)

  • Member: $175
  • Nonmember: $210
Additional Details

This workshop will focus on five key areas that will help you build resilience:

  1. Understanding the power of our narratives
  2. Working our muscles; what is resilience?
  3. Change brings change; dealing with transition
  4. Extending empathy to ourselves and others
  5. Lessons we can learn from this season

About the Presenter

Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D., is a network weaver who believes relationships are the key to our personal, professional, and organizational growth. She has been quoted/featured in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post, Modern Luxury, and other media outlets, due to an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, philanthropy, partnership development, training, and education. She is the CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC, providing DEI, leadership training, community engagement strategies and philanthropic/partnership guidance for institutions and the CEO of R2 Foundation (Restoration and Reconciliation Foundation), providing support for Black-led nonprofits.

Froswa’ graduated with a Ph.D. from Antioch University in leadership and change with a focus on social capital, diverse women, change management, and relational leadership. She attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley for training in relational cultural theory and has completed facilitator training on immunity to change based on the work of Kegan and Lahey of Harvard. She has also completed training through UNICEF on equity-based evaluations. Booker-Drew is currently an adjunct professor at Tulane University in the Master of Public Administration Program, teaching the course governance, leadership, and sustainability and is an affiliate faculty member at the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas–Dallas, the University of Texas–Arlington, and Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

She is the host of the podcast, The Tapestry, and author of four books for women, including "Fly Away," "Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life," and "Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last." Her latest book, "Empowering Charity," published by Baylor University Press, was listed as No. 1 on Book Authority for Books on Charity in 2022 and was in the top 100 books in two categories on Amazon. Booker-Drew serves on multiple boards including ACLU-Texas, Buckner International, For Oak Cliff, and Engage Dallas. She was a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power and in 2021, trained the Humphrey Fellows, a program of the U.S. State Department. She has been a contributor for several publications globally, including as an advice columnist for professional women in The Business Woman Media, a global platform based in Australia and as an inspirational columnist for Texas Metro News.
Froswa’ Booker-Drew

Upcoming Webinars

Traditional webinars and roundtables are free to anyone at a Full or Premium Tier member institution. Roundtables are also included for Digital Tier members; nonmember pricing is $50. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact us at

Q&A with Chief Diversity Officers | March 30, Noon Eastern

Do you have questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion? Bring your questions for this Q&A session with Dr. Georgianna Meléndez, assistant chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, and Dr. Sherri Ann Charleston, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Harvard University. These two leaders shared their insights at the ACUI Annual Conference and are back to answer your questions.

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Prayer/Meditation/Reflection Spaces | April 18, 3 p.m. Eastern

Join us as we explore institution prayer/meditation/reflection spaces and their importance for students. 

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How to Build the Talent Pipeline from the Inside | April 27, 1 p.m. Eastern

Finding and hiring candidates into the student affairs profession has been a challenge as seasoned professionals are leaving the field. But what if you could build the talent pipeline from the inside? This webinar will take a different look at talent acquisition by focusing on the talent journey before the interview and beyond onboarding.

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This moderated discussion will:

  • Assess current recruitment processes to reveal potential gaps
  • Reconsider job requirements and ensure the requirements match the role
  • Address the importance of "Stay Interviews"
  • Consider implicit biases that may prevent internal career movement
  • Review policies that could prevent a candidate from saying "yes" to the offer
About the Presenter
Joanna Cocco Kemper is a bilingual, English and Spanish, leadership coach, speaker, and facilitator, passionate about guiding powerhouse leaders in creating inclusive work environments based on authenticity and courage. Kemper has over 20 years of experience in the corporate human resources sector and a masters in human resources. She is skilled at elevating leaders, encouraging leadership vulnerability, and building strategies and systems that strengthen and develop leaders and teams. Combining her experience and degree, Kemper guides powerhouse leaders through self-discovery of their strengths and performance gaps so together they can create a success strategy for themselves and the people they lead. With energy, authenticity, and accountability, Kemper accelerates business growth and leadership development. Joanna is the founder and principal of JCK Leadership Growth, a board member and executive committee member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, a LuminaryxAMEX Fellow, a member of Prospanica, SHRM, CincySHRM, and she provides human resources consultation to nonprofit organizations.
Joanna Kemper
May Hot Topics Roundtable | May 17, 2 p.m. Eastern

In 2023, ACUI will offer quarterly hot topics roundtables. These roundtables will give members the opportunity to discuss up to three topics affecting their lives and work. Discussion prompts will be provided for audience discussion. Join us for this practical networking opportunity. Note: There is no presenter for these programs.  

Informal conversations were in abundance at the Annual Conference. Two of the topics that came up include:  

  • Hiring process in higher education: The hiring process in higher education can be a slow process and one that eliminates good candidates due to inflexibility. Also common is already having a candidate in mind for the position but going through the motions anyway. These are struggles for both potential employers and candidates. Let’s discuss the impacts the hiring process in higher education has on you and on your department.  
  • Parenting as a student affairs professional: There are many joys and challenges that come with being a parent. This topic continues to be popular among our members. We also have many new parents among our membership and members in a variety of different circumstances from children of different ages, navigating the teenage years, adoption, advocating for benefits for parents, etc. Whether you are currently a parent, considering becoming one, or a parenting ally, join us for this lively discussion. 

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Thought Leadership & Premier Roundtables

Thought Leadership Events

Thought leadership events bring in experts from outside of higher education to share information on industry best practices, trends, or research that assists college union and student activities professionals to do their work on campus. Thought Leadership credits may be used to purchase access to recordings and resources from the live sessions. These events are offered as a campus pass, meaning once the first person secures a campus registration, anyone else on campus can then register for $0 to receive resource access.

    Triaging Our Talent: Recruiting and Retaining through Positive Leadership | July 11, 1–2 pm. Eastern

    Colleges and universities are not immune to The Great Resignation, with one startling and troubling difference: across campuses, colleagues are leaving their jobs and moving into professions outside of higher education. What can leaders do to stop this hemorrhage of talent? What we do know is that 2019 thinking won’t work in 2023. This session will explore the ways we can support our employees and help them continue to thrive in higher education—and what we can do to dissuade them from leaving.

    This session will be presented by Jaime Hunt, vice president of university communications for strategic communication and marketing at Old Dominion University. 

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