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Professional Development

Professional Development: It's all about YOU!

Here at the University of Illinois, our Student Affairs staff are nationally known for innovation and excellence - and professional development programs are part of the reason why!

The Professional Development Committee sponsors a number of learning opportunities each year - and several of our departments invite colleagues from across the Division to take part in their professional development offerings.

Summer 2017 Intercultural Workshops for Student Affairs Staff

See the Professional Development Calendar for additional workshops and events.

Thursday, June 1st from 1:30 to 3 pm

Thursday, June 8th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Both workshops will take place at The Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213 located at 616 E. Green St., Champaign.

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Responding to increasing needs of Student Affairs staff for intercultural understanding, two intercultural workshops for Student Affairs staff will be provided in Summer 2017.

Workshop 1: International Student Panel

Thursday, June 1st from 1:30 to 3pm

Student panelists will share their campus experiences related to adjustment, student affairs services, and communicating with staff and faculty. Panelists will also be available to answer questions.

  • Ucheoma Catherine Nwaozuru (Nigerian, Community Health Graduate student)
  • Yujin Chang (Korean, Mechanical Engineering Junior)
  • Kunqi Zhao (Chinese, Math Junior)
  • Jiawei Lin (Chinese, Economics Sophomore)
  • Devarsh Ruparelia (Indian,Computer Engineering Sophomore)

Workshop 2: Intercultural Communication Workshop

Thursday, June 8th from 1:30 to 2:30pm

Daniel Almanza from The Career Center will present on ways to communicate effectively with international students. Daniel co-developed a public speaking course designed to help international students at Illinois.

These workshops are co-hosted by Student Affairs Professional Development Committee and International Education Committee. Contact: Daniel Almanza ( or Un Yeong Park (

Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Illini Union, Room 407
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Facilitator: Dan Mann, Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment

Are you curious what the Class of 2021 demographics look like, and how the number of freshmen accepts impact Student Affairs’ operations and service delivery? Enrollment management is one of the most important factors influencing every aspect of our institution. Join the session to learn more about this must-have knowledge for Student Affairs professionals, including the most current enrollment information, campus approach to recruitment and retention, challenges, and how the campus sets enrollment goals.

Past Sessions | Spring 2017


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Illini Union 210 General Lounge
Sponsored by the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

University Housing has adopted a project management methodology to effectively plan and complete large-scale projects. Project management can help you and your team work toward the same goals to complete projects on time, within budget, and with clear expectations of success. Join project management experts to learn about project management basics: initiating, planning, implementing, managing, and closing projects. We will share our successes and a few setbacks you can avoid, in the story of our journey toward becoming a more strategic and planful organization. Seating is limited to 30.

Presented by:
Bryan Johnson, Project Manager, University Housing
Kathryn Courtney, Interim Senior Assistant Director of Technology Services for University Housing


Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3pm
Asian American Cultural Center Lounge
1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

Join us as we bring together three generations of Student Affairs administrators to reflect on their experiences with student activism at Illinois. This panel will discuss how to support student development during politically charged moments, as well as possible ways to balance professional and personal needs, responsibilities, and responses. The panel will included both current and former esteemed colleagues, such as Associate Dean of Students, Willard Broom, Associate Vice Chancellor, Clarence Shelley, and Vice Chancellor Renée Romano, as they discuss what we can learn from past periods of campus unrest.


Fabian J. De Rozario, Presenter
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:30–4:30 pm
Quad Room, I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South 1st Street, Champaign

The quality of decisions and judgment is critical to the success of providing effective educational services. Studies show that human beings are wired to be biased – and in many cases, we are completely unaware of our biases. Leaders understand the profound importance of managing personal biases when working with a diverse workforce and student body, and when making critical decisions.

This program reveals evidence about how unconscious bias produces ineffective judgments – about ideas, people and how we solve problems. Participants will reflect on potential sources of such biases, and will learn a powerful method to uncover some unconscious biases. A three-step “Bias-Buster” methodology will help “outsmart our brains,” leading to better decision making and inclusive practices.

Fabian De Rozario is a consultant and expert facilitator of talent development programs, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and around the world. He is a subject expert in diversity & inclusion (D&I), unconscious bias, cross-cultural agility, people engagement, and leadership. Prior to joining the corporate training and development field, Fabian has worked as Director of Donaghey Student Center at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He previously served in student services leadership, instructor, and corporate trainer roles at Northern Illinois University.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 9am–12pm
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A Collaborative Project of Student Affairs, Coordinated by Diversity & Social Justice Education

The Racial Justice Allies and Advocate training is designed to provide students, faculty, and staff with a core awareness of the structures of racism, its role in interpersonal relationships, and empower allies to elevate the voices of underrepresented populations at the University of Illinois. RJA Trainings are presented as a 1.0 (introductory) and 2.0 (advanced) levels. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the 1.0 session prior to attending the 2.0 session.


Friday, February 17, 2017, 9 am–12 pm
Women’s Resources Center | 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign
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Training hosted by La Casa and I-CAUSE (Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education)

Join us for an insightful training on how to best be a resource to undocumented students on campus. We will provide a comprehensive training regarding:

  • Immigration Legislation
  • Understanding DACA & Administrative Relief
  • Resources for DACA Students
  • Narratives of Undocumented Students

Open to Faculty, Staff, Administration


Tuesday February 21, 2017, 10 to 11 am
SDRP, Room 2025C (301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)
Guest Facilitator: Dr. Monroe France, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University

As issues of social justice are becoming increasingly important in the work that we do, the need to foster discourse on these issues emerges. Meaningful dialogue around issues of social justice and citizen activism pose challenges to facilitators: How do I create a space in which students learn and explore issues of race, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, privilege, oppression and ability? What if participants are resistant and act out in ways that are damaging to the dialogue? What if I can’t answer a difficult question? This workshop will demonstrate modules and provide strategies that can be used to facilitate effective social justice trainings and tips to facilitate complex conversations. More about this workshop.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, University Housing, Student Affairs Initiative Grant, Disability Resources & Educational Services, Veteran Student Support Services, and the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, College of Applied Health Sciences. More about In the Zone Allies & Advocates Trainings at


Antonio Neves | Millennial Workforce, Employee Engagement & Leadership Speaker
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 2 to 3 pm
Illini Union 314A
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Sponsored by University Housing and Coordinated by the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

More than ever, it’s a competitive and challenging landscape for college students. Student engagement on many campuses is low and anxiety is extremely high. So how can staff help their students succeed? By helping them take an entrepreneurial approach to success on campus. In this program, learn three key steps staff can take to support students to help them set themselves up for long term success.

This session and an evening session for student employees has been made possible through support from the Richard W. Justice Student Educational Leadership Fund.


Wednesday, April 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Illini Union, Room 407
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limited to 20; please bring a laptop

Facilitator: Dr. Wallace Southerland, Associate Dean of Students and Interim Assessment Coordinator

Part 2 in the Grant Writing for Student Affairs Series. The purpose of this session is to focus on strategies for finding grants that may be applicable to student affairs through government and non-government sources. Additionally, the facilitator will bring an example or two of actual RFPs (Request for Proposals) to discuss them and consult with anyone interested in submitting the proposals for consideration. Participants will leave the session knowing (1) how to search for grants, (2) how to begin drafting proposals using a grant writing submission timeline, and (3) with a list of potential funding sources. Participants will need to bring a laptop to use during the session.


Wednesday, April 19th from 9 am to 12 pm
UOB 413 (507 E. Green St., Urban Outfitters Building, map here)
Please email Amira Al-Mutairi ( to RSVP for the session
Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services

Join International Student and Scholar Services for a workshop geared towards faculty and staff whose primary focus is advising students, teaching or programming. This workshop will introduce you to basic intercultural concepts and allow you to explore communication across language differences. You will also have the opportunity to take part in an interactive mini-workshop on pronouncing names in different languages.

Space is limited! If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Amira Al-Mutairi (


June 12–16, 2017

Vice Chancellor Romano and the Professional Development Committee invite you to register for Five Days For Change. This week-long intensive training program is for faculty, academic professionals and civil service employees to acquire and strengthen cultural competencies, skills, and awareness for working on a college campus. Five Days For Change focuses on social justice and campus civility, while increasing your skills and effectiveness as allies. For more information, visit the website below.

Five Days For Change will be June 12–16, 2017. Find out more information about the program and register online at:

Priority application deadline is April 28th, 2017. If you have any questions feel free to email at, or call 217–244–1814.



What's In the Works

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee conducted a needs assessment with professional staff in the Division and used the results to outline future directions for professional development in Student Affairs.

If you'd like to know more about activities of the Professional Development Committee, or learn how you can get involved, please contact Anna Tsai, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor.

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