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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Professional Development

As student affairs professionals, we are lifelong learners. To support that learning, the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support offers a professional development program designed to give you the latest information on higher education trends and issues and the tools you need for your individual growth and development. 

The Student Affairs and Academic Support Professional Development Program features events including monthly division meetings, article discussion breakfasts, an annual conference and more.

Employee recognition programs honor the staff who go above and beyond in their contributions to the Carolina community.

And all of it is designed and coordinated by the Professional Development Team, a group of volunteers whose outstanding work on behalf of their colleagues has twice earned the program a NASPA Excellence Award.

Stay up-to-date on all our Professional Development Program has to offer and continue your learning with us.


Propose a Virtual Session

The Professional Development Team invites proposals for virtual presentations and educational sessions that inspire, inform or educate colleagues within the division. Submit your proposal


Upcoming Events

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31; Q&A to follow
Where: online (check Stay Informed for the link)

Allison Smith, co-author of the recently released book #BLACKOUT, will share her experiences as a Black woman in student affairs and higher ed, describe how social media contributes to those experiences and discuss what we can do to be more inclusive of Black, Indigenous and people of color. The meeting will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. , followed by a Q&A, Friday on Zoom.

To prepare for the meeting, Smith requests that we read "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" [pdf] and watch “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion," [video] both by Peggy McIntosh.

When: noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5
Where: Online (details will be emailed to registrants)

To continue the discussion from the previous week's division meeting, Black professionals from UofSC will have a candid discussion about their experiences at the university and in higher education.  Panelists will discuss real issues, challenges and concerns around being a professional in higher education to create real solutions to engage and support Black professionals. 

Registration is required.

When: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11
Where: Online (details will be emailed to registrants)

All new graduate assistants and interns within the division, regardless of program of study, are invited to orientation each fall. The program helps new graduate assistants and interns to create connections across the division and learn about professional development opportunities available to them through Student Affairs and Academic Support.

Registration is required.

Find more events in our calendar.

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