Peer Learning Networks

Undergraduate Students  |  Graduate Students  |  Mid-Level Managers  |  Experienced Leaders

Undergraduate Student Network

Fee: $30 (member/nonmember)
Preregistration required
The Undergraduate Student Network creates a sense of community for students within the conference in which they can learn more about ACUI and higher education/union operations/student activities and professional opportunities. The program will consist of four parts: a welcome, an extended educational session, two tours, and a recommended educational track.


Monday, March 20, 2–4 p.m. Tour: The Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University
  Undergraduate Extended Learning Session
  Crucial Conversations: In a world of 24/7 news and responses triggered by social media, emotions, and experiences, we are often afraid to express our opinions due to anticipated response. This workshop will allow participants to explore their own values and implicit biases around current issues to learn how to respectfully engage in both conversation and action.

Recommended Educational Sessions

  • 1 Department, 2 Campuses, 3 Buildings
  • Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ – ASD Students
  • Everything is Awesome! Engaging Tabling and Outreach
  • Leading with Intention: A Better Student Leader

Graduate Student Network

Fee: $25 (member/nonmember)
Preregistration required
Graduate Student Network attendees will walk away with a greater knowledge of the professional opportunities available in the college unions and student activities fields, gain access to other professionals with a broad professional background, and become more connected to ACUI. The program will consist of four parts: a welcome, a career-focused educational session, two tours, and a recommended educational track.


Sunday, March 19, 1–1:45 p.m. Welcome Reception
Monday, March 20, 2–4 p.m. Tour: The Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University
  Funemployment: The Hidden Truths of the Job Search

Recommended Educational Sessions

  • 1 Department, 2 Campuses, 3 Buildings
  • Active Threat Response
  • Somehow We Manage
  • Leaning into Chaos
  • Help Students Orgs be Financial Competent

Mid-Conference Program for Mid-Level Managers

Fee: $25 members/$35 nonmembers
Preregistration required 
A mid-conference program track is being offered to for mid-level managers to learn tips for managing up, down, and across organizations. Sessions will include roundtables and open dialogue to determine what core competencies and skill sets are needed for mid-level managers to move to the next level as well as a brief presentation and Q&A with executive and senior-level administrators. Anyone who supervises two or more full-time staff and has a minimum of five years experience would benefit from this program.


Monday, March 20  
2:15–3:15 p.m. Presentation: Managing in All Directions
3:30–4:30 p.m. Small Group Discussions
4:45–5:45 p.m. Panel with Executive/Senior-Level Administrators
Tuesday, March 21  
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Presentation: Generation Z

Experienced Leaders Professionals Program

Fee: $125 members/$160 nonmembers
Preregistration required 
The Experienced Leaders Professionals Program (formerly the Senior Management Professionals Program) is for anyone who has been in the student unions/activities field for 15 or more years in a leadership role of assistant director or higher. This program includes:

  • A self-evaluation and session to discuss the four disciplines for improving organizational health, including a copy of The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni.
  • A presentation on Generation Z will help leaders understand how to work successfully with students and entry-level staff.
  • A presentation on Vision 2030: The Transformation of Student Life with time for discussion.
  • A 90-minute bus tour of the main sites in Philadelphia will be followed by a reception, tour, and dinner at the Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University.

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Saturday, March 18  
2:15 p.m. Meet in Hotel Lobby for Optional Bus Tour
2:30–4 p.m. Optional Bus Tour
3:45 p.m. Those Not on Tour: Meet in Hotel Lobby to Depart for Temple University (using SEPTA)
4:45–5:30 p.m. Reception and Introductions
5:30–6:15 p.m. Tour of Howard Gittis Student Center
6:15–7 p.m. Dinner
7–8 p.m. Panel: Managing Up and Across on Campus During Major Change and Crises
8–8:15 p.m. Closing and Depart for Hotel
Sunday, March 19  
8–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30–9:30 a.m. Presentation: Generation Z
9:40–10:50 a.m. Panel: The Four Discipline Model of The Advantage
11 a.m.–Noon Vision 2030: The Transformation of Student Life
Noon Closing


Zebulon Davenport Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs, West Chester University
Davenport was formerly at IUPUI, Northern Kentucky, James Madison, and Appalachian State. He is a noted author and presenter, discussing first generation college students and issues facing senior leadership on college campuses. He currently and has previously supervised a variety of areas including campus centers, counseling centers, recreation services, health services, and student conduct.
Zebulon Davenport
Rita LaRue – Vice President of Campus Services, Drexel University
LaRue has worked at Drexel since 2002 in various roles including senior associate vice president for student affairs. Her portfolio includes housing, dining, parking, bookstore, card office, event services, and student centers with a budget of more than $100 million and supervision of 48 professional staff and more than 500 industry specific and student staff. She is very involved in NACAS as past regional president in 2014 and had been on the east regional board for more than five years. She is an active agent for positive change on campus, specifically for student service and outcomes. She's also active in the Philadelphia consortium UC Green, designed to create partnerships with campus community to improve environmental stewardship in the University City community.
 Rita LaRue

Michael Scales – Associate Vice President for Business Affairs, Temple University
Formerly associate vice president for student affairs and senior director for university housing and residential life at Temple, Scales has been at Temple for more than 10 years and previously worked at Drexel, North Carolina State, and Georgia in housing and residence life. He is an active community member serving on the board of directors for Campus Philly, a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

 Michael Scales


Updated March 7, 2017