NACA® Programming Board Institute
The NACA® Programming Board Institute assists student leaders in the development of strong, effective, student-driven leadership on campus. The institute is an interactive program designed to enhance personal leadership skills, define the role of programming boards, and strengthen student engagement and involvement. In addition to educational sessions and roundtables, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with each other and learn from shared resources. Additionally, there will be an advisor’s track that will serve as a resource for deeper professional development, networking, idea sharing and more. Questions? ContacMember Relations.

DePaul University (IL)
June 21-24, 2022

General Information

Dates: June 21-24, 2022

Location: DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago, IL

Registration Cost:

  • NACA Member Rates

    • Early by May 16: $635
    • Regular by June 10: $725
  • Non-Member Rates
    • Early by May 16: $790
    • Regular by June 10: $905

Registration is now closed.

Registration includes the following:

  • Housing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights
  • Dinner on Tuesday, June 21
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, June 22
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Thursday, June 23
  • Breakfast on Friday, June 24
Extra housing night (either June 20 or 24 only - no meals provided) - $50

Attendees must be 18 or over to participate.

COVID-19 Information

Vaccination Requirement

Due to DePaul University's current policies, all participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination to participate in this institute. The university does not currently allow a negative test in lieu of full vaccination for overnight guests.

For more information on NACA's COVID-19 policies, visit the Vaccinating/Testing requirements website.


All participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask during the institute (unless required by state/local entities).


Flying to Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus is located 11 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and 33 miles from Midway International Airport (MDW). Visit the FLY Chicago website for airline information.

Public Transportation to DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus

DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus is serviced by three rapid transit lines (CTA) including the Howard and 95th/Dan Ryan (Red Line), Lindon (Evanston)/Loop (Purple Line), and Kimball/Loop (Brown Line). More information including train schedules, maps, and fares can be found on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website. 

Driving to DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus

When planning your route via online map services (Google Maps, etc.), input the following central destination on the DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus: 2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL  60614. Additional driving and parking information will be provided to registered participants prior to arrival.

What's New for 2022?

Institutes provide attendees with the opportunity to dive deep into a particular topic. The in-person experience allows for hands-on skill development, networking with peers, and experiential learning opportunities. Volunteer teams provided insight on the development of curriculum for the Programming Board Institute and a new shared curriculum experience has been designed for participants, while also providing for students and professional staff/advisors to have separate small group learning/networking opportunities.

With a new shared curriculum experience, staying on-site in the university provided accommodations is required. Everyone will participate in the same experiences including hands-on experiential learning activities, large group discussions, small group processing, and personal reflection. Everyone, including students, advisors, and facilitators is expected to actively participate and invest in all aspects of the institute. There are formal and informal components of the institute. The evenings will be used for group activities and networking. Do not plan outside, off-campus activities for the duration of the institute. We encourage you to take in some of the sites prior to check in or after you check out. We will all stay on campus in the same residence hall – even if you live nearby.

Programming Board Institute participants can expect to explore the following topics:

  • Purpose of programming boards
  • Campus stakeholders
  • Inclusive programming
  • Belonging and identity
  • Team culture
  • Event planning and marketing
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • And more!

What can you expect to gain from an Institute?

STUDENTS will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the purpose of programming boards within the campus environment. 

  • Enhance their skills in the areas of program planning, promotion, funding support, and evaluation. 

  • Identify strategies to strengthen their network of peers for support on inclusive programming, event ideas, resources, and problem solving.

  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus

  • Demonstrate effective communication

  • Exhibit enhanced leadership skills

  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making 

ADVISORS will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to strengthen their network of peers for support on inclusive programming, student development, recruitment, and training. 

  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus

  • Exhibit enhanced competence in facilitating student development

  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

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