ACPA offers a number of ways for members to get involved and engage around a variety of areas!
Our entity groups provide professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities. We also have other initiatives
that provide varying levels of involvement and access to resources and knowledge experts.

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{ involvement by functional area }

Commissions represent the job/functional areas or professional specializations in which ACPA members are employed or have an interest or passion. 

Coalitions & Networks

{ involvement by personal identity }

ACPA Coalitions & Networks are unique entities in that they represent and act as advocates for the social and personal identities of the ACPA membership. ACPA has a proud tradition of advocating for and advancing the voices of all of members of our profession and Coalitions & Networks are at the forefront of issues of inclusion and social justice.

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Communities of Practice

{ involvement by career level }

Communities of Practice represent and focus on the unique needs of professionals at various points within their career. Communities of Practice recognize the importance of community, conversation, and collaboration among professionals spanning functional areas and identities, yet sharing positional-related experiences. 

local chapters & international divisions

{ involvement by geographical location }

ACPA Chapters & International Divisions provide professional development, access to research & scholarship and access to leadership opportunities at
the local level. 


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Upcoming Entity Events

Leadership Educators Institute

Register for LEI Submit a Program 13-15 December 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana Leadership is an integral competency for our profession. The leadership development of students is an important and ongoing process that requires commitment from both students and staff....

Compliance U: Four Corners of Title IX Seminar

Compliance U: Four Corners of Title IX Seminar

11-13 December 2019 Orlando, Florida United States Register for this Event New Title IX federal regulations appear to be on the way. The Four Corners of Title IX 2.5 day training seminar training, presented by Professor Peter F. Lake and Julian Williams, will be...

ACPA 2021 Long Beach

VISIT THE ACPA21 WEBSITE Approximately 3,500 members and guests attend the annual convention each year. Highlights of the convention include: Distinguished speakers such as Eboo Patel, Jose Antonio Vargas (2015), Brené Brown (2014), Melissa Harris Perry (2013), Van...

Training in Restorative Justice

Due to COVID-19, the July 2020 Training in Restorative Justice has been rescheduled for next year, 14-16 July 2021. Registration is open now and we hope you'll make plans to join us! Register for this Event 14–16 July 2021 | 9am-5pm each day National Center for Higher...

2021 Assessment Institute™

Register for this Event 22–25 June 2021 // Baltimore, Maryland sponsored by ACPA's Student Affairs Assessment Institute, sponsored by the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential...

Program Design School

Register for this Event 15-16 September 2020 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day Join The Leadership and Training Studio and Erin Fischer for a two-day, hands-on, engaging and entertaining seminar. Erin will share how she wrote 90 programs in four and...