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Canadian Association of College and Univeristy Student Services
Our Past, Our Future - 2017 Conference of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) - Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
June 11, 2017 - June 14, 2017
Our Past, Our Future - 2017 Conference of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

The year 2017 is a landmark year; Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary signifying a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. The CACUSS community is invited to travel to Ottawa from across the country to celebrate this milestone. Our Past, Our Future requires us to acknowledge our past to learn from our experiences, ensuring that we create innovative approaches for the future. The 2017 CACUSS conference runs from Sunday, June 11, 2017 to Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Shaw Center.

In the past few decades, Student Services has made significant strides to support the education, fulfillment and well-being of students. Our Past, Our Future provides us with the opportunity to:

acknowledge former programs and strategies needing enhancement,
foster alliances on issues requiring advocacy,
promote breakthrough developments in the Student Services sector,
share resources to address current needs, and/or
design programs and strategies to ignite innovation.

Through Our Past, Our Future, we will map out our progress and creatively examine the endless possibilities for our future.


JUNE 12 – JUNE 14

Poster Presentations
45 & 75 Minute Sessions


Communities of Practice
CACUSS is a comprehensive organization consisting of networks and Communities of Practice representing many topical and functional areas of Student Affairs and Services. CACUSS Communities of Practice provide an entry point to the association for new professionals, facilitate professional networking and community for all members, and support the vision and strategic goals of the association by:
• creating and sharing knowledge,
• supporting professional networking and connections,
• fostering and promoting relevant research
• designing and delivering programs and resources that promote the professional and personal development of our members,
• identifying issues that require advocacy, and/or
• identifying trends and key initiatives that could become new organizational priorities.
This year, presenters were asked to identify which Communities of Practice they feel are most closely connected to their presentation. This information has been included in the conference program and app. Please note that this information is based solely on the information provided by presenters and is intended to help conference attendees choose the most relevant conference sessions.

All sessions are open to all conference attendees. When selecting sessions, delegates are encouraged to choose from a breadth of topics to benefit from the diversity in the conference schedule.

Student Affairs and Services (SAS) Competencies
CACUSS is excited to have launched its new Student Affairs and Services (SAS) Competency Model this past year. The model consists of eleven competencies that are each divided into three levels (core, intermediate, and advanced):
• Communication
• Emotional and interpersonal intelligence
• Intercultural fluency
• Indigenous cultural awareness
• Post-secondary acumen
• Equity, diversity and inclusion
• Leadership, management, and administration
• Strategic planning, research, and assessment
• Student advising, support and advocacy
• Student learning and development
• Technology and digital Engagement

The role of a SAS professional varies by campus, institution, and province/territory. Despite these differences, at the core of this work are professionals who support student growth and development throughout their pursuit of post-secondary studies. Each competency represents the progressive levels of skills, knowledge, and attitudes required across all areas of SAS in Canada. The authors of the Competency Model call for a collective effort across Student Affairs and Services in Canada to apply this new model; outlining a role for individuals, institutions, communities, and organizations in making this model a living document.

The rubric used to guide the program review process included a new section this year that required presenters to integrate the competencies into the learning outcomes for their session. The presenters have self-selected which of the competencies they feel are most closely connected to their presentation and this information has been included for you in the conference program book and app. Please note that presenters will incorporate the competencies into their session in a variety of ways and are not necessarily expected to provide “training” in the identified competency/ies during their session.

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