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Scheduled: Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The New Era of Campus Free Speech and Protests: Tools for Balancing Student Desires, Institutional Impact, and the First Amendment
Category: Webinars

  • Members: All
    Regions: All
    Target Audience: All
    Protests, controversial speech, and contentious events are not new to college campuses, but students are entering college with an increased willingness and eagerness to engage in activism around institutional, local, and global issues ranging from Title IX and divestment to midterm elections and immigration. The Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s (CIRP) described the fall 2016 entering class of first-time, full-time college students as the most polarized cohort in the 51-year history of its American Freshman Survey, with students placing increasing importance on influencing the political structure and social values. In this age of hashtag activism, online petitions, and Facebook events for protests, controversy surrounding a student organization’s event or campus incident can escalate incredibly fast. This presents unique and difficult challenges to the student leaders and members, the general student population, and university administrators. Historically, universities have been open communities, which is described by Ernest Boyer (1990) as “a place where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected and where civility is powerfully affirmed” (p. 17). As this notion has diminished on many of our campuses, administrators are put in the position to keep students safe from harm while also ensuring they are exposed to different ideas. The presenters will discuss that, at any level, an inclusive and effective administrator response that furthers the institution as an open community must include advising, managing up and across, and communication. The presenters, a vice president of student affairs and an assistant director of involvement, will provide insights from their distinct administrative perspectives related to enacting this multi-faceted response in a variety of controversial campus situations. This briefing will present abbreviated case studies of recent instances of controversy at presenters’ institutions in order to frame a dynamic explanation of advising and decision-making in these types of situations. The goal of this session is to challenge participants to think proactively about how they might balance competing priorities and values during a campus controversy in order to foster effective decision-making and advising that is in the best interests of all involved students. In addition to sharing scenarios, the presenters will share a set of practical tools that can be implemented at the participants' institution, including an event briefing template and tips for training staff and students on this topic.

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    Scheduled: Friday, September 28, 2018


    Advising for Leadership Development
    Category: Webinars

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: All
    Target Audience: Faculty, Graduate Student, Professional Staff
    The growth in mentoring, coaching and advising initiatives on college campuses has been representative of a shared commitment to personalizing the college experience. In this webinar, we will discuss how campus activities professionals can cultivate both individual and group teaching and learning environments in order to advise with leadership development in mind. In addition, we will focus on the similarities and differences between mentoring, coaching and advising with a goal to help educators to evaluate program approaches that support desired student outcomes.

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    Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018


    Institute Staff
    Category: National Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: All
    Target Audience: Graduate Student, Professional Staff
    To present summer institute curriculum and work with team selected to ensure success of summer institute.

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    Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018


    Summer Leadership Event Staff
    Category: National Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: All
    Target Audience: Graduate Student, Professional Staff
    To present Summer Leadership Event at Disney Institute curriculum and work with team selected to ensure success of the summer Institute.

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    Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018


    Northern Plains Regional Conference Program Chair
    Category: Regional Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: Northern Plains
    Target Audience: Faculty, Professional Staff
    The Regional Conference Program Chairperson serves as the senior officer within the region and is responsible to the Board of Directors for every aspect of managing the planning and execution of the regional conference.

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    Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018


    Northern Plains Volunteer Development Coordinator
    Category: Regional Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: Northern Plains
    Target Audience: Faculty, Professional Staff
    The Regional Volunteer Development Coordinator manages the recruitment, selection, training, and retention efforts of the association for regional volunteers.

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    Application Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018


    NACA® Representative to Inter-Association Leadership Educators Collaborative (ILEC)
    Category: National Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: All
    Target Audience: Faculty, Professional Staff
    ILEC brings together membership-based associations in higher education dedicated to the work of leadership education for shared initiatives, research, and resource development. The group aspires to promote transorganizational strategic thinking to advance leadership education in higher education by fostering meaningful dialogue and collaborations among organizations; identifying, synthesizing and advancing quality resources for leadership educators in higher education; and tracking trends and addressing voids in professional programs, services, and resources. The NACA representative to ILEC helps to achieve these objectives by developing initiatives within NACA that support the concept of campus activities professionals as leadership educators.

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    Application Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018


    On Site Regional Education Session Reviewer
    Category: Regional Volunteer Positions

  • Members: Schools
    Regions: Central, Mid America, Mid Atlantic, Northern Plains, Northeast, South, West
    Target Audience: Faculty, Graduate Student, Professional Staff
    The On Site Regional Education Session Reviewer will serve as support to the Education and Professional Development Coordinator by assisting with on site evaluation of regional conference educational sessions.

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