New Professionals Retreat

New Professionals Retreat 2018

BIOLA University

Are you new to the field of student development? Have you been working with college students for less than 5 years? Would you enjoy connecting and networking with other professionals with similar passions to yours? If so, then the ACSD New Professionals Retreat is for you!

The New Professionals Retreat is designed for professionals in any branch of Student Affairs-related work on their campus with four or less years of experience in the field. New professionals from Christian and secular colleges and universities will gather together on the campus of Biola University from June 1 through June 4 prior to the ACSD annual conference for a weekend of networking, shared experiences, professional development, and mentoring facilitated by a team of student development professionals with over 60 combined years of experience in the field.

Past participants have ranged from residence directors to vice presidents new to the work of student life. Retreat activities will explore topics such as integrating faith into professional life, leadership development, multicultural competency, effective supervision, developing resiliency, and best practices in student affairs. We look forward to seeing you at Biola this summer!

NPR Purpose Statement:

To provide resources for Christian student development personnel who have been in the field for less than five years.  We accomplish this by providing a weekend retreat prior to the annual ACSD national conference so that new professionals can be encouraged, connect with other professionals in a similar position, and learn more about being successful in the field of Student Affairs.

NPR Learning Outcomes:

Participants of the New Professionals Retreat will…

  • Network with other new professionals in ACSD
  • Share information on own experiences, challenges and successes
  • Learn about topics pertinent to higher education
  • Understand campus processes
  • Expand awareness of resources
    NPR 2018 will be: Friday, June 1 - Monday, June 4, 2018

    Registration for NPR is accessible through the ACSD conference registration form

    You may register for NPR 2018 and the conference at the same time, or register for NPR only by selecting "NPR Only (no conference)" in the Conference Fee field at the bottom of page 1.

    Detailed schedule 

    Retreat Fees


    The NPR Leadership team combines over 60 years of professional experience in Student Development to facilitate a great learning environment for retreat attendees.  Learn more about the NPR Facilitators


    Dean of Students @ Westmont College


    Assistant Director of Campus Life @ Augustana University


    Director of Residence Life & Housing @ Northwest University


    Dean of Students & Title IX Deputy Coordinator @ George Fox University


    Dean of Students, Azusa Pacific University

    questions about NPR?

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    Registration for NPR is accessible through the ACSD conference registration form