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Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice

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2022 Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference

Saturday, February 5, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Join us in-person at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC for this year's conference. Can't wait to see you there!


Available ACCU Resources

Student affairs professionals provide opportunities for personal growth and help students make healthy decisions within a framework of Catholic values. Given their pivotal role on a Catholic campus, ACCU offers these resources to assist them professionally and personally:

  • Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice contains the collected wisdom of both current and former student affairs leaders, this book offers a blend of practical advice and personal reflection on leading student life at a Catholic institution.
  • Reprinted in 2017, Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs in Catholic Higher Education has long been the standard for understanding and assessing a vision of student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities.
  • Strengthening Catholic Identity – Student Affairs: This installment of a 12-part brochure series provides an overview of how student affairs seeks to develop students spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in the context of Catholic values and Christian community.
  • In 2017, ACCU launched a conference specially designed for senior officers in student affairs. Bringing together expert speakers and representatives from Catholic colleges and universities across the country and beyond, this annual session equips senior leaders in student affairs with new skills and new ideas for working through the evolving challenges of their profession. More information on the upcoming conference will be posted soon.


United on the Verge: 2021 Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference

A 2021 ACCU Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Session

Thursday, February 4, 2021

12:30 - 5:30 p.m. (EST)

2021 Conference Schedule

The 2021 conference offered senior leaders in student affairs the opportunity to reconnect with one another and focus on the mission in our daily work through a year of challenges unlike any we've ever known. Discussions centered "on the verge" of what's to come through the work of student affairs professionals now and in the future, with a focus on a mission-centered core, enhanced student partnerships with community, and being actively engaged in the Catholic call to action for racial justice.


Thank you to everyone who engaged in extraordinary dialogue and collaborations on February 4!

Many thanks to our 2021 SSAO Conference Planning Committee for their assistance in planning the conference!

Janet Cox, Dean of Students, Mount St. Joseph University
Mary Geller, Vice President for Student Development, College of Saint Benedict
Matt Goodwin, Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, Saint Joseph's College
Chris Haug, Vice President for Student Affairs, Neumann University
Nate Klein, Vice President for Student Success, Mount Mercy University

Additional gratitude to ASACCU for their support in planning the conference!

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