NACA® 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? ContacMember Relations.

2023 Dates & Locations

Registration Open!


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. 

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?

As a result of attending a NACA Institute, all participants (students and advisors) will be able to:

  • Articulate their role in creating diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible campus communities.
  • Implement effective communication techniques.
  • Develop enhanced leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate competence in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Apply strategies for recruiting, recognizing, retaining, and transitioning student leaders.
  • Identify methods to strengthen their network of peers for support.
STUDENTS attending Programming Board Institute will be able to:
  • Articulate the purpose of programming boards within the campus environment.
  • Develop skills in planning, promoting, and evaluating inclusive programs.
  • Translate the programming board experience and personal leadership skills to professional aspirations.
ADVISORS attending Programming Board Institute will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in facilitating student development.
  • Integrate strategies for inclusive program planning, promotion, and evaluation.
  • Translate the advising experience and personal leadership skills to professional aspirations.

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