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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 — from small-group discussions with colleagues and campus leaders to division-wide presentations delivered by national experts — and continue your learning with us.


Upcoming Events

When: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28
Where: Hollings Library Program Room (accessed through Thomas Cooper Library)

New Employee Orientation will be a time for new employees to create connections across the division, chat with the division’s associate vice presidents and learn about professional development opportunities available to them through Student Affairs and Academic Support.

Check-in and light breakfast will being at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is required.

When: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28
Where: Russell House Room 315

Attend this session and hear about Excel tips and tricks such as formulas and shortcuts to speed up your work. Learn to identify technological skills that can further enhance your professional practice. Lastly, explore how Office 365 is integrated and can enhance your collaborations with others.

Registration is required.

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31
Where: Russell House Ballroom

Throughout our lives, we are exposed to millions of messages about the world around us – messages that shape our perceptions of people, places, concepts and ideas. As a result, all humans possess a range of implicit associations that operate unconsciously, outside of our awareness, and often times in conflict with our explicit beliefs. Using an engaging and participatory structure, this division meeting will equip attendees with a deeper understanding of our unconscious mental processing; the ways in which these implicit associations impact our decision-making despite our good intentions; and what actions we can take to prevent and respond to the emergence of bias.

Facilitated by Preshuslee Thompson, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Coffee will be served beginning at 8 a.m.

Find more events in our calendar.

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