Programming Board Institute

The NACA® Programming Board Institutes assist student leaders and campus professionals 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. Questions? Contact Member Relations.

2024 Locations & Dates

  • July 9-12 at Suffolk University (MA)
  • July 23-26 at University of Louisville (KY)
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Programming Board Institute at Suffolk

PBI1 at Suffolk University (MA) on July 9-12, 2024

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Programming Board Institute at Louisville

PBI2 at the University of Louisville (KY) on July 23-26, 2024


Programming Board Institutes provide students and professional staff the opportunity to deeply explore the role of programming boards on campus. Curriculum is identical for all Programming Board Institutes and is written based on insight from the curriculum development team. Everyone will engage in the same experiences including hands-on experiential learning activities, large group discussions, small group processing, and personal reflection. All attendees, including students, advisors, and facilitators, are expected to actively participate and invest in all aspects of the institute. Participants are most successful when they utilize the Institute experience to expand their network of peers beyond those they regularly see or work with on their own campus.

Learning will occur in both formal and informal moments throughout the Institute. Evenings will be used for group activities and networking. Any desire to sightsee or explore off-site should be planned prior to check-in at the Institute on the first day or after you check out from the Institute on the final day. All students, advisors, and facilitators will stay on campus in the same residence hall – even if they live nearby. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend an institute.

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!

This curriculum is extremely similar to last year's Programming Board Institutes. Previous attendees are welcome with the understanding that the content may feel repetitive.