• Postponing Academic Learning Conference Call

    Hi All,

    We will be postponing the Academic Learning Community of Practice Conference call scheduled for tomorrow, in light of COVID-19. 

    We will plan to reschedule at a later date, once workloads settle.

    Stay safe,
    Chrissy & Rebecca
  • EDI CoP 2020-2021 Co-Chair Applications!

    Hello EDI CoP Members!

    I hope you all are well!

    I am posting this announcement as a reminder that applications for the 2020-2021 EDI CoP Co-Chair position is open until March 15, 2020. At this time, there is one open Co-Chair position for next year! 

    For more Information, including a brief outline of the role of a CoP and the role of the Co-Chairs, check out the Leadership and Involvement Opportunities on the CACUSS website. 

    We hope you take this opportunity to get more involved in this CoP as a Co-Chair!


  • New EDI CoP Co-Chair: Congratulations Zenith!

    Hi everyone,

    We are happy to share that Zenith Bose, Student Services Manager at Columbia College, has been selected to Co-Chair the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice for 2020-2022 term!

    Zenith has been working in student affairs for the past 5 years, specializing in student rights, student programming, and curriculum development. She has done extensive work with her college’s student association by helping the students find their voice on campus through the creation of the student advocacy committee. Zenith has recently transitioned back to working closely with faculty in the area of curriculum development. In this new role, she remains committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as she begins to explore what it means to bring EDI, indigenization, and decolonization into the classroom.

    Within CACUSS, Zenith has been a highly engaged member of the EDI CoP, actively participating in monthly conference calls and sharing helpful tools in the Resource Sharing Post. We are so excited for this CoP to continue to grow and thrive through her leadership and vision.

    Congratulations Zenith!

    Sania & Akeisha

  • Looking for CACUSS 2020 Roundtable Co-facilitators!

    Hello All!

    Excitingly, we have had 3 program proposals accepted for this year's CACUSS 2020 Conference in Toronto!
    I am looking for eager volunteers who would be interested in co-facilitating one or more of the sessions.

    The GREAT thing about Roundtable sessions is that the presentation piece is minimal, it is meant to be a discussion and sharing of ideas. However, if anyone has expertise or some amazing programming in the areas I will list below, it would be INCREDIBLE to have one or more of you co-facilitate 1 of 3 roundtable sessions at this year's conference.

    It is a FABULOUS way to network, share the dedicated work you are doing and also generate a bank of really tangible ideas to take back and share with your colleagues at your institutions.


    Please view the topics below and send me an email with your interest. I will take the lead on organization, I just need a few eager Case Managers to help me highlight the importance of our roles and how we work so well with our campus partners. 

    Round Table 1: This session will focus on the discussion of the response on campus to a mental health emergency.  Most campuses have their campus security respond in an emergency and students can have an adverse response to seeing a person in uniform based on past interactions and experiences. The Case Mager CoP and the Campus Mental Health CoP will be joining together to lead a discussion on ideas for best practices about how different professionals in student services, health and wellness centres, security services can work effectively together with case managers, particularly around crises.

    Round Table Topics:

    Round Table 2: Housing and homelessness are difficulties faced on all campuses, however resources vary based on community connections and available services in each city. We aim to learn from each other and share best practices in the hope that we can bring ideas back to our campuses to better support students facing the insecurity of a basic need. The topic of food is always popular, however when we put it in the context of post-secondary students, the tone changes.  Rather than talking about our favourite indulgences, we start talking about when someone has last eaten. Students are in search of ways to keep their cupboards full and to access healthy options. We will come together to discuss how we are supporting students in their quest to overcome food insecurity.

    Round Table 3: This session will focus on the collaboration between Case Managers and International Student Advisors to provide wrap-around support for International students. It will assist in sharing how these key student support departments work together to best suit the needs of our international student population. Through campus and community integration efforts, immigration regulations, health and wellness education and all other areas of student support.

  • Consider submitting a proposal at the Accessibility & Inclusion Summit hosted by the Accessibility &

    Consider submitting a proposal at the Accessibility & Inclusion Summit hosted by the Accessibility & Inclusion Community of Practice and CACUSS in Ottawa on June 25 & 26, 2020

    The Theme of the Summit is Supporting Student Success in Accessibility/Disability Services

     Learning Outcomes for participants:

    1. Better understanding of what we do in Accessibility/Disability Services
    2. Develop an understanding of emerging trends
    3. Knowing the place for accommodation planning
    4. Reflect upon our practices from a professional, national and institutional perspective
    5. Identify ways to implement new changes

    We invite presentation proposals in the following areas:

    1. How Accessibility/Disability Advisors Determine Accommodations
      1. Flexible Attendance
      2. Decision making process
      3. How is Success measured
      4. Accommodations for Mental Health
      5. Accommodations in Field Placements / Clinical / Co-op Programs
    2. Transition to Post-Secondary and Transition to Employment
      1. Differences between high school and university
      2. Transition programs
      3. Emerging Trends
      4. Collaborations
    3. Universal Design for Learning
      1. Applying UDL
      2. Successful programming
      3. Working with Faculty
    4. Collaborations in Supporting Student Success
      1. Health & Wellness, Learning Support Services, Faculty
      2. External

    Proposal Details

    The organizing committee is seeking proposals of 60 minute or 90 minutes in length. Format of the presentation needs to fit into one of the following:

    1. Campfire

    The goal of a campfire session is the creation of an open forum in which the attendees generate the majority of the discussion and knowledge sharing. Presenters launch the discussion with a short (maximum 20 minutes) presentation from an individual or a group and then move into a facilitator role, inviting responses to comments and questions from those around the room and letting the audience dictate the ultimate directions of the conversation. Campfire sessions allow for the sharing of experiences from multiple perspectives on the same topic.

    1. Panel

    Multiple speakers focus on an issue, topic or idea, including questions for each speaker as well as introductory and closing remarks if needed. The submitter is responsible for coordinating the panel presentation in advance.

    1. Roundtable

    A roundtable is a group discussion on a precise theme seated around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include a short (5-10 minute) presentation by the presenter to introduce the topic, followed by discussion and feedback from participants. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to participants at the table and allocate time to summarize and conclude on the subject at the end of the session.

    If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and being a part of this exciting Summit, review the submission form and submit a presentation proposal today!

    Proposal link:

    Deadline to Submit – February 28, 2020

    Notification by March 2020

    Please direct questions to

  • ESG CoP Co-Chair Applications

    Hi Everyone,

    Sharing this announcement as a reminder that there is an upcoming vacancy for the ESG Co-Chair as I will be leaving mid-March to go on parental leave.

    I have had an amazing year as Co-Chair with Sania and I am so proud of the work we have done to date to structure this committee and engage with all of you as a community of Student Affairs professionals working with equity-seeking groups.  If you are interested in this position, your completed Application should be emailed to by end of day on Sunday, January 19, 2020 to be considered for this role.

    If you have any questions about the role, expectations or want to connect with me further about my experience as Co-Chair, please feel free to reach out to me at akeisha.lari@ontariotechu.caand I will be happy to email/chat with you! 



  • Next OTRCOP Conference Call

    Hi, folks,

    Quick note that this Thursday, January 2nd would typically be our Orientation, Transition, and Retention Community of Practice conference call. With the number of institutions closed / running Orientation programming, we will postpone the call for later this month.

    I will share out more information for the next call in the coming weeks.

    Hope to talk to you then, and happy holidays, new year, and of course, start-up!


    Co-Chair, OTRCOP
  • Seeking an Ontario Provincial Representative

    The Accessibility and Inclusion CoP is seeking a volunteer to represent Ontario Colleges & Universities as a provincial representative on the leadership team.

    Regional representatives are vital as they inform the CoP of provincial concerns and give valuable information about provincial activities and changes. This role requires a few hours per month of commitment. Those interested should ensure that they fit the qualifications and requirements below.

    The Ontario Representative:

    • Must be a current member of CACUSS
    • Must work in one of the following areas: disability services, accessibility services, assistive technology of persons with disabilities, or other related fields
    • Must currently be employed with a post secondary setting in Ontario
    • Attend their respective provincial University and/or College disability issues association (IDIA or CCDI) to share CACUSS and CoP information and events

    The Provincial Representative will be expected to:

    • Participate in monthly telephone conference calls (one-hour per month)
    • Attend an in-person meeting, typically in the late fall (location TBD) (optional, but preferred). Your home institution is responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Arrangements can be made to participate via tele or video conference.
    • Attend CACUSS conference in June (optional but preferred); participate in the CoP meeting at conference
    • Other projects/activities as they arise
    • Must be a member of CACUSS

    This is a great opportunity to meet colleagues across the country, advocate for change in the field, develop your professional practice, and connect the broader CACUSS community.

    Interested members should submit the following information to by January 16, 2020.

    • Name, Institution, Position/Title, Email, Telephone contact
    • A short statement of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications would be appreciated.

    For more information, please contact

  • Okanagan Charter Webinar on December 10th, 1-2pmET!

    Webinar: Health Promoting Campus: What is Your Role

    CACUSS is pleased to collaborate with NASPA, NIRSA, CHPCN and the CICMH on this important conversation on December 10, 1-2pm (Eastern).

    How campus life, student affairs, health promotion, campus planning, and higher education leaders in all sectors of campus can use the Okanagan Charter as a powerful call to action to embed human and ecological considerations for health and wellbeing in our campus plans and policies, to create environments which support learning and personal development and culture of well-being. This session will help leaders and administrators understand what it means to become a health promoting campus and how to use the Okanagan Charter to embed wellbeing in campus planning as an important first step to creating a campus plan for wellbeing.

    Learn more and register here

  • OTRCOP Conference Call

    Hi, folks,

    Quick reminder that this Thursday, December 5th at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST is our Orientation, Transition, and Retention Community of Practice conference call.

    If you will be joining, the login information is below:

    Phone Line: 1-866-886-0674
    Code: 80130#

    Hope to talk to you on Thursday!


    Co-Chair, OTRCOP
  • Welcome to the Graduate Student Network!

    Hi everyone, 

    Welcome to the Graduate Student Network!

    My name is Joshua Grondin and I'm one of the organizers of this network (along with about 8 other CACUSS members from across the country in various levels of education). 

    The Graduate Student Network will focus on providing a supportive atmosphere to graduate students in CACUSS, as well as connecting them with prospective students and alumni to cultivate a community of continuous learners among student affairs professionals. Its functions include helping students transition into graduate studies, manage work-life balance, and transition into the field upon completion of studies, and will seek to achieve these objectives through networking and mentorship opportunities, knowledge-sharing, and providing a platform for students to share their knowledge.

    As a new network, we have the opportunity to shape it into exactly what we want it to be. I look forward to working together and sharing input with one another in the coming months as we work to get it off the ground. 

    Until then, please feel free to introduce yourself in the Discussion Board. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact: 

  • Last Call for Input--CACUSS Communities Review!

    Re-Cap/Last Call for input!

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to the roundtables, surveys, discussions and more! We are in the process of compiling everyone’s input. We’d like to summarize the questions we have asked over the last few weeks here, and either give you an opportunity to comment on one you missed, or add something that we might have missed. You might also prefer to send your input directly to We have extended the deadline and will continue accepting feedback until Monday, October 7.

    Why did you choose to join a CACUSS Community of Practice?

    In what way does your involvement with a CACUSS Community of Practice enhances or adds value to your membership experience?

    Have you learned something that has had an impact on your professional practice?  And/or have you been in receipt of a tangible takeaway for your work as a result of your connection to a CACUSS Community?

    What expectations do you have of CACUSS Communities? Are those expectations being met?

    What are you interested or willing to contribute in order to make the Community(ties) you are involved with more engaging or successful

    What questions do you have about CACUSS Communities?

    Our next steps will include checking in with our Assembly of Community Co-Chairs to share feedback and generate discussion on recommendations to move forward. A formal report for the Assembly, the Board and the membership will be prepared in the coming months. Stay tuned!

    Jennifer Hamilton
    Executive Director
    Toronto ON
  • Write for the Advising in Canada blog

    Recently, Brady and I had a great conversation with the Canada Advising Community (NACADA) co-chairs, Shea Ellingham and Neil Cole.  

     One of the advising communication portals in the Canadian Advising scene is the Advising in Canada blog, found at  If you would like to share thoughts or ideas you’re working on, you might be interested in writing for the blog.  If you are, I’d be happy to connect you with Shea and Neil.

  • Community of Practice Update ... take 2

    Just an update -- I made a mistake.  The Canada Interest Group will host the January 22nd session. 

    Future dates: 
    • October 30 (CACUSS host)
    • November 28 (Canada Interest Group host)
    • January 22 (Canada Interest Group host)
    • February 26 (CACUSS host)
    • March 25 (Canada Interest Group host)
    • April -- we'll take a break, or let us know if there's a top you wish to discuss
  • Review of CACUSS Communities...Notice of Roundtables

    As announced earlier in June, we have launched our Review of Communities. As such, you are invited to participate in one of two open discussions/consultative roundtables, taking place this summer. 

     If you are interested in signing up, please choose your date by signing up today

    Roundtables will take place via conference call:

    July 30 3:00ET, 12:00PT, 1:00MT, 2:00CT, 4:00ATL, 4:30NFLD

    August 22 11:00ET, 8:00PT, 9:00MT, 10:00CT, 12:00ATL, 12:30NFLD

    All are welcome.