Announcements

  • Thank You - Virtual Advising

    On behalf of your CACUSS and NACADA Canadian Advising Communities, thank you for joining more than 200 of your fellow Canadian Advisors during the Nov 25 Virtual Advising presentation - it was so energizing to take time to connect, share and learn and we can't wait to do it again!
    Takeaways from the event:
    Keep the discussion going! We created a place specifically for Canadian Advisors to chat about and share resources on Virtual Advising. Join the discussion on the Canadian Advising Community Facebook page by clicking the following link:  https://fb.me/e/hYylMGJs8 and click "Discussion"
    • If you don't have a Facebook account, you can access the PowerPoint here
    • Keep the discussion going in the Advising CoP as well. We will share the presentation files there as well.   
    Let us know your thoughts on the Virtual Advising event by completing this anonymous surveyhttps://forms.gle/YiQCthCXac3NWgcR8  
     
    January 27 we will welcome Ryerson University to speak on Academic Advising and RetentionThe narrative of how our school is using academic advising to create and maintain continuous retention processes.
    Join Us on January 27, 2021 for a discussion on Academic Advising and Retention
    Our apologies again for anyone who had trouble accessing the event - the best way to learn is to make mistakes so we are happy to say we have figured out the capacity issues and it will not be a concern going forward (phew).
    Thank you on behalf of your Canadian Advising Community planners,
    Shea Ellingham (NACADA)
    Sarah Kinch (CACUSS)
    Allison Scully (NACADA)
    Brady Zapalski (CACUSS)
  • Please register: Virtual Advising - Reading Between the Lines

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    Wed, Nov 25 at 1pm EST |
     1 hour
    Virtual Advising: Reading Between the Lines
    • Register to receive link to access event:  http://tinyurl.com/CdnAdvisingCommunity
       
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      Brought to you by your Canadian Advising Communities of CACUSS & NACADA
    • Audience: Advisors and administrators
    • To foster strong discussion on the topic, we recommend watching as a department by sharing your screen and audio using your preferred video conference app. Then you can discuss and reflect on key learning points after the session. Of course everyone is welcome to join on their own, but space is limited so it will be first come first served day of.
    • The session will be hosted on zoom
    • You do not need to be a NACADA or CACUSS member to join the event

    Once you are registered for the event, you will receive an email on the Friday following your registration with the event link. This email will be sent from Allison Scully so keep your eyes on your inboxes (junk mail included) before the event. Thanks and see you online November 25th!
  • November Case Managers Round Table

    Please join us for our monthly chat! Pass on to any interested colleagues who may want to join.

    We have a guest host, Cecilia, from The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) to chat with us about building relationships with on and/or off campus partners to support student success!

    Topic: Student Case Managers Roundtable -

    Building Relationships with On and Off Campus Partners 
    Time:
    Nov 18, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/94005216143?pwd=MG1pQ2F3dUlKS0orNWVTVlk4SmZaUT09
     
    Meeting ID: 940 0521 6143
    Passcode: 624605

    Hope to see you there!
  • SVPR CoP Fall Check-In--Nov 9

    You're invited to a CoP Check-In on Monday, November 9 from 11am-12pm (PST).

    Our goal for this virtual gathering is to re-connect as a COP, celebrate our successes, and identify and workshop some of the ongoing challenges with virtual SVPR programming. To facilitate meaningful engagement, most of the session will be dedicated to break-out sessions on the following topics:
    • Support & Response
    • Student Education & Outreach
    • Faculty & Staff Education & Outreach
    • Peer-Facilitated Programming: Volunteer Training & Engagement

    Please complete this Google form to sign up for the session and to indicate your preferred break-out session. We'll send the Zoom link on Friday, November 6.
  • CICMH Bright Futures - Embracing Campus Wellness Virtual Conference

    Passing along a really useful (and inexpensive - $50) PD opportunity!

    Offered through the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) - their annual conference has gone virtual on November 3rd. ​

    Please check out the schedule of events and keynote speaker. I am registered to attend and look forward to "seeing" some of you their!
  • Upcoming Case Managers Meeting - Oct. 21st

    Please join us next week for our monthly chat! Pass on to any interested colleagues who may want to join.
    We have guest hosts from the Internationalization in Student Affairs CoP Group to share some knowledge with us!!

    Topic: Student Case Managers Roundtable -
    How COVID is affecting international students who are attending Canadian institutions, and the themes of support that are being providing to students
    Time: Oct 21, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92494504648?pwd=RytFb1lmeDYvbzVub2hNTDFoTWU2Zz09

    Meeting ID: 924 9450 4648
    Passcode: 956869

  • October OTRCOP Roundtable

    Hi, folks,

     

    We hope you have had a wonderful start-up / Orientation season and have been able to catch your breath now that we have moved into October. We are excited to debrief this Fall start up with you, and have scheduled our next OTRCOP roundtable around this.

     

    Our next OTRCOP roundtable will be hosted at 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. We will be debriefing start-up season and checking in on current programming.

     

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://douglascollege-ca.zoom.us/j/67068058402?pwd=MUNQb3VmclFoYnpFRWlwQXNJb1FiUT09

    Meeting ID: 670 6805 8402
    Passcode: 811914
     

    We look forward to seeing you there and connecting more.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Caitlin Stiles, Erica McKeddie, Cory Coletta
    OTRCOP
     Co-Chairs 2020-2021

  • New Publication - Competency Model for Student Conduct Administration

    Earlier this week CACUSS announced the release of a new publication called Competency Model for Student Conduct Administrators: A Complementary Document to the CACUSS Student Affairs + Services Competency Model.  Authored by several of our very talented colleagues, this will be an important resource for everyone working in the field of Student Conduct and sexual violence investigations and/or adjudications. The publication is free for CACUSS members and can be purchased for $9.95 for non-members.  

    Stay tuned for a webinar taking place later this fall featuring some of the authors discussing the development of this resource and how it can best be utilized by student conduct administrators.
  • Case Managers Upcoming Meetings

    Mark your calendars for these meeting days for the Student Case Managers Community of Practice meetings. Zoom meeting “locations” will be shared shortly, check community.cacuss.ca

    • Wednesday August 19th 1-2pm EST – Case Managers Meet and Greet
    • Wednesday September 23rd 1-2pm EST
    • Wednesday October 21st 1-2pm EST
    • Wednesday November 18th 1-2pm EST
    • Wednesday December 16th 1-2pm EST
  • Tuesday OTRCOP Call

    Good afternoon, folks!

     

    Tomorrow's CACUSS Orientation, Transition, Retention COP Roundtable at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST has been scheduled in Zoom and the login information is listed below. We have also identified the topics in advance for folks – please join if they pertain to you and/or your role.

     

    June 23: Orientation

    [ ] Thinking about "re-orienting" students who are coming back in the Fall who didn't do online studies in the summer?

    [ ] Orientation for non-traditional students - mature students, international etc.

     

    Recurring OTRCOP Meeting Information (every other Tuesday at 11 am PST / 2:00 pm EST)

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/94946878680?pwd=VERFZkEwbjdMNXZtTUV2UGhtb2kvUT09

     

    Meeting ID: 949 4687 8680

    Password: 941456

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    Cheers,

     

    Caitlin Stiles, Erica McKeddie, Cory Coletta

    OTRCOP Co-Chairs 2020-2021

  • CACUSS ON-line Webinar Series - Case Managers Session

    Please join us on MONDAY JUNE 22nd 1pm (EST) for Care to Chat: A Student Case Management Round table Series.

    Care to Chat: A Student Case Management Roundtable Series

    Jodie Lockey-Duesling, Acting Manager, Student Wellness Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University; Lina Di Genova, Director of Evaluation and Strategy, McGill University; Andrea Dalimonte, Student Care Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Case Manager and Campus Mental Health CoP's will discuss ideas for best practices about how student affairs professionals, wellness centres, security services can work together, particularly around crises.

    Our aim is to provide an inclusive environment where various student support professionals can share how they are following best practices in their respective areas.

    We have identified this as an area of concern in the Case Management community and in student affairs in general, where student support requires new and innovative methods to continue to engage students, while also being proactive in providing students with the tools they need to be successful.

  • Keep Calm and Conduct ON(line) Sessions

    Hello Folks!

    Here is the updated topic for our next FREE discussion session on all things related to case management and student conduct. Hope to see you there!

    TODAY: Keep Calm & Conduct On(line) Series

    Topic: Sexual Violence Reporting Metrics

    Date: June 12 Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

    Hosted by: Sarah Crawford (Algonquin College), Greg Mather (University of the Fraser Valley)

     

    Keep Calm & Conduct On is a series of round table discussions hosted by the Community of Practice of Student Conduct at the annual CACUSS conference. It’s an opportunity for members to discuss current trends and best practices, share resources and ask questions on a series of hot topics.

    Join us:

    cacuss.adobeconnect.com/cop?proto=true

    1-866-886-0674 80130#

    1. *Note that on first login, you may have to download a plugin to access Adobe Connect.* We recommend that you test this link in advance in particular if you need an administrator to approve downloads/installations on your device.
    2. If you are calling in on the telephone, call in using the number provided.
    3. If you are using the built-in audio, plug in your headset and ensure your audio is working (by clicking Meeting, then Audio Setup Wizard)

    Conference number: 1-866-886-0674

    Participate code: 80130#

  • Reminder - You are Invited - An Advising Social Hour on Tuesday June 16th, 2pm EST

    Reminder - You are Invited - An Advising Social Hour on Tuesday June 16th, 2pm EST

    You have been invited to the following event.

    Advising Meet Up

    When

    Tue 16 Jun 2020 2pm – 3pm Eastern Time - Toronto

    Where

    CACUSS Zoom Room 1 (map)

    Calendar

    brady.zapalski@georgiancollege.ca

    Who

    cacuss.board@gmail.com- organiser

    kinchs1@cnc.bc.ca

    brady.zapalski@georgiancollege.ca

    more details »

    CACUSS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Advising Meet UP Time: Jun 16, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95215910683

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  • OTRCOP Roundtable Today

    Good morning, folks!

     

    Today’s CACUSS Orientation, Transition, Retention COP Roundtable at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST has been scheduled in Zoom and the login information is listed below. We have also identified the topics in advance for folks – please join if they pertain to you and/or your role.

     

    June 9: Transitions

    [ ] What kind of transition programming are you working on (i.e., peer supports, courses, etc.)?

     

    June 23: Orientation

    [ ] Thinking about “re-orienting” students who are coming back in the Fall who didn’t do online studies in the summer?

    [ ] Orientation for non-traditional students - mature students, international etc.

     

    Recurring OTRCOP Meeting Information (every other Tuesday at 11 am PST / 2:00 pm EST)

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/94946878680?pwd=VERFZkEwbjdMNXZtTUV2UGhtb2kvUT09

     

    Meeting ID: 949 4687 8680

    Password: 941456

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    Cheers,

     

    Caitlin Stiles, Erica McKeddie, Cory Coletta

    OTRCOP Co-Chairs 2020-2021

  • Join Us! - Invitation for a Virtual Social Hour/Check-In

    Join Us on Tuesday June 16th at 2pm EST!

    Hello from your friendly Advising CoP chairs. We wanted to share a quick update and also invite you to join us for a casual social in place of what would have happened during the CACUSS Conference.

    First and foremost, we want to take a second to thank and recognize Brigitte Wiebe for all of her hard work, innovative ideas, and initiative that she has taken over the past two years as co-chair. We can speak personally, that Brigitte has been a pleasure to work with and is a wealth of knowledge. She goes above and beyond and truly wants to ensure the best for our community! We will miss you Brigitte, although we get the impression we haven’t seen the last of you!

    Secondly, we want to welcome Sarah Kinch, who is the incoming co-chair joining Brady Zapalski. Sarah comes to us from the College of New Caledonia in northern British Columbia. Her energy and excitement for uniting Advisors across the country and supporting them through her expertise and experience is refreshing. Sarah has some wonderful ideas already and is chomping at the bit to get started. Stay tuned to learn more in the coming months.

    Finally, we want to invite you to join us (the three co-chairs of the Advising CoP) for a social hour on Tuesday June 16th at 2pm EST. Although we are appreciative for the decision our planning committee made to cancel CACUSS, we are disappointed that we don’t get to connect with all of you in person during the conference sessions and, more importantly, our meeting/social that was being planned. We thought this would be a nice alternative to get together, cheers with a coffee or drink of choice, and casually chat about how we are all doing during these unprecedented times. We may also take a minute or two of your time to pick your brains for next years planning! Please join us, if you are able, at 2pm EST on Tuesday June 16th for a casual call. We will send out the access link and a reminder closer to the date.

    Stay well,

    Your Advising CoP Co-Chairs – Brady, Brigitte and Sarah

  • Community Zoom Chat: June 10, 2020

    We're hosting our first community Zoom chat on Wednesday June 10th, 1-2pm EST, to discuss adapting peer programs to COVID-19.

    Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81687219517

    Meeting ID: 816 8721 9517

    See you then!

  • Student Health & Wellness Roundtables (UPDATED)

    Join the Student Health and Wellness Community of Practice for the following Roundtable Discussions!

    (edited)

    Tuesday, June 2nd - Health & Wellness Peer Volunteer Programs roundtable - 10 am PST, 1 pm EST

    https://zoom.us/j/97488060962  

    Discussion and sharing on the following questions:

    1. What has been the best and hardest part of “going online” been for you and your programs?
    2. What is the best way that you have found to have good engagement with your students?
    3. What does your fall programming look like?
    4. Any tools/resources/website that you want to share with the group that have made your work life easier that you would like to share?

    Tuesday, June 16 - Health & Mental Health clinic roundtable discussion - 10 am PST, 1pm EST

    https://zoom.us/j/91640622524 

    Discussion and sharing on the following:

    1. Treating students out of province - jurisdictional regulations and institutional practices including implications on service
    2. Supporting student mental health using telemedicine
    3. Questions about health protocols

    Tuesday, June 30 – Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) roundtable discussion  - 10 am PST, 1 pm EST

    https://zoom.us/j/97175738353

  • New Zoom Link

    Hi, folks!

    Here's the link to move Zoom rooms: https://sfu.zoom.us/j/3833091397

    Cheers,

    Cory
  • OTRCOP Roundtable 2

    Hi, folks,

     

    Thanks so much for the excitement and engagement during Tuesday's session around the OTRCOP Roundtable. It was great to hear that everyone is in the same boat: we are all figuring out how to navigate our new realities and looking to learn from one another.

     

    In the coming week, we will send out notes from the session, but wanted to get our new roundtable on the books before then.

     

    Please hold Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST for our next call. As a note, we have worked out the capacity issue – which was that we maxed out on our platform at 100 participants. This was very exciting for us, however, very much unexpected and just like you, we’re learning as we go. For our next roundtable, that has been fixed, our licence holds more, and the login information for the next call is below.

     

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/6172662896?pwd=dVo1aU5hV1FmSm5CODE5RzN3NklSQT09

    Meeting ID: 617 266 2896
    Password: 413819

     

    The format we used Tuesday seemed to work well, and if folks have feedback on it, please feel free to connect with us at otr@cacuss.ca – always open to new suggestions and improvements!

     

    Again, our apologies if you were blocked from entering the call because of capacity – we look forward to having you all participate on May 26, 2020 at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Caitlin Stiles, Erica McKeddie, Cory Coletta
    OTRCOP Co-Chairs 2020-2021

  • Student Health & Wellness Community Roundtable

    Student Health & Wellness Community Roundtable

     

    Please join the Student Health and Wellness CoP for a Community Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST (10:00 am - 11:30 am PST). This roundtable will offer an opportunity to connect with members of the CoP, discuss the impact of the COVID crisis on our work, and gain input from our membership about the future direction for our CoP. We can't wait to see you all!!

    To participate in the roundtable by phone and or computer:

    https://cacuss.adobeconnect.com/cop  1-866-886-0674 80130#
  • OTRCOP Roundtable

    Hello, Orientation, Transition & Retention Community of Practice!

     

    We are in unusual times, and that calls for unusual planning. There have been many conversations across the country about how to set yourself and your institution up for success with respect to online orientations and virtual programming. Further, how will we continue to do our big ceremonies and gatherings moving forward?

     

    We have the answer for you! Orientation, Training & Retention Roundtables are launching next week!

     

    Our first roundtable is planned for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST. This will be hosted on Zoom and is Canada-wide. We have a variety of topics and a dynamic set up planned, including breakout conversations.

     

    Join this Zoom Meeting:

     

    Meeting ID: 863 4597 9906
    Password: 758329

     

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86345979906?pwd=c1BjN1VqSDdZK3NWMVFwOHdiYWd3QT09

     

    Following that first call, they will be hosted every other Tuesday at the same time. All are welcome, please share with your Orientation colleagues.

     

    All the best,

     

    Erica McKeddie, Caitlin Stiles, and Cory Coletta

    OTRCOP Co-Chairs, 2020-2021

  • Supporting International Students

    Hello everyone, 

     

    You are invited to participate in the second coast to coast conversation about supporting international students during COVID-19. 

     

    This national conversation is a recent initiative to share knowledge, best practices and to support each other throughout this crisis. All professionals that support international students in any capacity are welcome.

     

    The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time/ 11:00 AM Mountain Time/ 01:00 PM Eastern Time (70 min session)

     

    We have three zoom breakout rooms facilitated by colleagues

     

    1. Immigration support for international students by Dr. Philipp Reichert (UBC-Okanagan)
    2. Career and work search during COVID 19 for international students by Ms. Lynn Walsh (MUN - St. John’s Campus)
    3. International students' mental health and community engagement - TBC

     

    The zoom meeting ID and password can be found in the attached invitation card or by following this link.

     

    For those of you who were unable to attend the conversation on April 14, Punita and Shannon wrote an article for you all - 5 key takeaways from the session.  Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might find joining our conversations interesting and helpful

     

    Feel free to send your questions to Dinuka at dgunarat@alumni.uoguelph.ca
     
    We hope to see you on the call!

     

    Kind regards, 

     

    Shannon (CUE), Punita (U of T), Arif (MUN), and Dinuka
  • Supporting International Students

    Topic: CoP Internationalization Student Affairs
    Time: Apr 14, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    National meeting of professionals to discuss pressures of supporting international students during these uncertain times of the pandemic.
     
    Join Zoom Meeting
     
    Meeting ID: 157 772 240
    Password: 648930
  • 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!

    ~Akeisha

  • 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.

    WHO IS WITH ME?

    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. 
    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FOR CONFIRMATION IS NEXT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7TH! 

    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: https://forms.gle/TUsKQHzCsHPzD2uf8

    Deadline to Submit – February 28, 2020

    Notification by March 2020

    Please direct questions to access@cacuss.ca

  • 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 membership@cacuss.ca 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! 

    Thanks!

    Akeisha

  • 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!

    Cheers,

    Cory
    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 access@cacuss.ca 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 access@cacuss.ca

  • 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!

    Cheers,

    Cory
    Co-Chair, OTRCOP