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News for Senior Student Affairs Officers

1.      ACCU Senior Student Officers Conference

This year’s conference was held just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. The morning featured a presidential panel focused on current issues of inclusion, dialogue, and tensions on campus. Later in the morning, focused and participatory table conversations on Title IX, student mental health, strategies for institutions “on the margin,” social media, hiring and talent management for mission and inclusion, and dialogue on difficult issues, allowed participants to deepen their awareness and bring home tangible new tools to strengthen their effectiveness on campus. Review the conference program.


2.      USD Mission Integration Institute

Looking to enhance your knowledge of the unique history, role, mission, and identity of Catholic higher education and become empowered to contribute to a mission-driven culture? The upcoming Mission Integration Institute at the University of San Diego is right for you.

Registration is now open for the June 11-15 event. Attendees will learn about and reflect upon ways to:

  • Deepen your personal sense of purpose, sense of vocation, and individual leadership development.
  • Gain skills to engage the tensions that arise from contemporary moral issues in a meaningful and productive way.
  • Strengthen skills to foster vocational discernment, faith development, and spiritual formation in students

The Mission Integration Institute is designed for entry-level and mid-career professional administrators working in Catholic higher education. This includes people working in student affairs, campus ministry, admissions, cultural diversity, communications, alumni relations, and others currently interested in or exploring careers within Catholic higher education.


3.      Coming Soon: Building Intercultural Competence

ACCU has partnered with Father Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, under whose direction the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers project was conceived and carried out at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We have enlisted his help in tailoring this program to the needs of Catholic colleges and universities throughout the United States. Look for additional information coming soon on in-person training opportunities to be offered regionally this spring.

4.      New Resource Available

Did you know that Hispanic/Latino students are now the second largest population of students on Catholic college and university campuses? Or that full-time Hispanic/Latino enrollment increased by 24% from 2010 to 2014?

Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success is now available, addressing topics relevant to the experience of Latinx/a/o students and professionals. The publication from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, also illustrates key elements that should be considered in developing varied pathways to their success.

5.      Campus Ministry Convention

Registration is open for the 2018 meeting of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. Encourage your campus ministry staff to attend Called 2018, May 29-June 1 in Bloomington, MN, where they can connect with others in the field of campus ministry and engage with best practices. With dynamic keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking, Called 2018 is focused on Catholic campus ministers who value the New Evangelization and its impact on missionary discipleship.