Times subject to change

5:00p - 8:00p AUCCCD Board Meeting - Board Members Only

9:00a - 4:00p AUCCCD Board Meeting - Board Members Only
3:00p - 6:00p Registration for Pre-Conference Open

7:00a - 6:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 8:00a IACS Advisory Council Meeting
8:00a - 9:00a Continental Breakfast for Preconference Attendees
8:00a - 10:30a IACS Board of Directors Meeting
8:30a - 4:00p Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00a - 4:00p AUCCCD Board Meeting – Board Members Only
10:30a - 1:00p IACS Board of Accreditation Meeting
11:30a - 1:00p Lunch Break (on your own)
4:30p - 6:00p New Directors’ and First Time Attendees Workshop [Read more]
5:00p - 6:30p IACS Wine and Cheese (open to all AUCCCD members) 
6:30p - 10:30p Opening Reception

7:00a - 6:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 5:00p Exhibits Open
7:00a - 8:00a Worship Service
7:00a - 8:15a Breakfast for Directors of Faith-based Schools
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
8:30a - 10:00a 1st Business Meeting
8:30a - 9:30a Partners’ Orientation
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30a - 12:00p Expert Panel, The Tension Between the First Amendment, Safety, and Inclusivity: Law, Policy and the Role of Counseling Centers [Read more]
12:00p - 1:30p Multicultural Directors’ Luncheon
12:00p - 1:30p Visual Arts/Performing Arts Director's Lunch (group will get lunch on own)
1:30p - 3:00p Concurrent Session 1
3:00p - 3:30p Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30p - 5:00p Sessions by Affiliation
5:15p - 6:30p CCMH Meeting
6:30p Group Dinners (on your own)

7:00a - 12:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 12:00p Exhibits Open
7:00a - 8:00a Bob McGrath Annual Fun Run and Fun Walk
7:00a - 8:30a International Directors’ Interest Breakfast
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
8:30a - 10:00a Concurrent Session 2
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30a - 12:00p Keynote Speaker, Vernon A. Wall, Founder of One Better World, LLC / Director of LeaderShape, Inc.
12:30p Open Afternoon, Scheduled Tours (pre-registration only)
6:30p Group Dinners (on your own)

7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 6:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 5:00p Exhibits Open
7:00a - 8:30a IACS Field Visitor Meeting
7:00a - 8:30a New Directors/First Time Attendees Informal Breakfast Meeting
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
7:30a - 8:30a Emeritus Breakfast
8:30a - 10:00a 2nd Business Meeting
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30a - 12:00p Concurrent Session 3
12:00p - 1:30p Women Directors' Lunch
1:30p - 3:00p Concurrent Session 4
3:00p - 3:30p Break in Exhibit Hall with Grand Prize Drawing
3:30p - 5:00p Concurrent Session 5
6:30p - 10:30p Cash Bar/Dinner/Awards Ceremony

7:00a - 1:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 8:30a AUCCCD Board Breakfast Meeting (For existing & incoming board members)
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
8:30a - 10:00a Concurrent Session 6
10:00a - 10:30a Break
10:30a - 12:00p Concurrent Session 7

Expert Panel

The Tension Between the First Amendment, Safety, and Inclusivity: Law, Policy and the Role of Counseling Centers
Sunday, October 20 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free speech under the First Amendment is a bedrock of the U.S. Constitution.  Over the past few years, many of us have witnessed the impact that hateful speech has had on our campus communities, and particularly for our students, faculty, and staff with marginalized identities.  Some campuses have tried to find ways of limiting speech from individuals who espouse ideas antithetical to the values of the college or university, some campuses and campus administrators have been criticized for not curbing or thwarting certain speech in deference to student safety and inclusivity, and there is a legislative movement in some states to re-assert the sanctity of the First Amendment.  Campus counseling centers are often left to support students who are adversely impacted by these competing tensions.  Understanding the law, the limitations on campuses, and how to best support students who are impacted is the topic of this keynote panel. 


Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW, LCSW-C, Director, Hate-Bias Response and Advocacy, University of Maryland, College Park
Neijma Celestine-Donnor is the director for Hate-Bias Response and Advocacy. Ms. Celestine-Donnor leads efforts on responding to hate and bias through trauma focused Response and Support, Training & Education, and Data Collection and Distribution. Ms. Celestine-Donnor holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, is a licensed clinical social work supervisor and is currently completing her JD at the University of Baltimore. She also has years of experience within the field of trauma services. Ms. Celestine-Donnor is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and is an experienced trainer and facilitator. Ms. Celestine-Donnor's areas of interest include racial and identity trauma, and promoting diversity and inclusion through a trauma informed lens.

Ernesto Escoto, Ph.D., Counseling and Wellness Center Director, University of Florida
Dr. Escoto currently serves as the Counseling and Wellness Center director at the University of Florida. In his previous roles, he served as director of the Counseling Center at the University of Miami and associate director/director of clinical services at the Counseling and Consultation Service at The Ohio State University (OSU). During his tenure at OSU, Dr. Escoto served as co-chair of the Organization of Hispanic Faculty and Staff and as a provost-appointed member of the Hispanic Oversight Committee. Dr. Escoto’s previous service also includes his role as an advisory board member for the Encuentro Latino: National Institute on Family Violence. He co-founded the Ohio Latino Mental Health Network, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing awareness of mental health and resources among Latinos in the state of Ohio.

Jonathan Friedman, Project Director, Campus Free Speech, PEN America
Jonathan Friedman is the project director for campus free speech at PEN America. He oversees PEN America’s advocacy, analysis, and outreach in the national debate around free speech and inclusion at colleges and universities. Prior to joining PEN America, Friedman was an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative and international education, higher education, and social theory. His research on American and international higher education looks at such topics as university administration, organizational cultures, nationalism, and cross-cultural understanding. He also previously managed the Multinational Institute of American Studies, an exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State for international scholars to learn about American society and culture. Friedman holds a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, and has received awards for his teaching, research, and leadership. 

David M. Rabban, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law
Professor Rabban served as counsel to the American Association of University Professors for several years before joining the Texas faculty in 1983.  He served as General Counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and Chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012.  His teaching and research focus on free speech, higher education and the law, and American legal history.  He is best known for his path-breaking work on free speech in American history.  He is the author of Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 (Cambridge,1997), which received the Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for "the best book in intellectual history published in 1997."  His many articles have appeared in Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review and elsewhere.  He was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2016 and of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 2016-17.  His most recent book is Law's History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History.

Moderated by: 

Chris Brownson, Ph.D., Director, Counseling and Mental Health Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Chris Brownson is an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His portfolio also includes University Health Services and the Center for Students in Recovery. Brownson was appointed as a Chancellor's Health Fellow at the University of Texas System in 2014, and he currently leads a $5 million project implementing after hours crisis counseling in all 14 academic and health institutions in the UT System as well as bystander intervention, alcohol prevention and early intervention, and collegiate recovery centers at the 8 academic institutions in the UT System. 

Wanda Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Counseling and Psychological Services, Emory University
Dr. Wanda Collins, a licensed psychologist, serves as the assistant vice president for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Prior to Emory, Wanda was director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Duke University and the Counseling Center at American University, as well as serving on the faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry in the Supervision Training Program. In addition to her passion for higher education, Wanda is interested in leadership, clinical work, supervision, training, and group therapy. She is also committed to issues associated with diversity and inclusion. She holds an MA in general psychology from American University and an MS/PhD in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Surviving and Thriving as a New Director Program: An Introductory Leadership Institute

This full-day Introductory Leadership Institute is designed for directors in the early stages of their directorship (new to three years) and will address leadership development and management issues.  The Institute is comprised of four modules: cultivating your style and values as a leader, understanding  the multiple roles of a director, a roundtable discussion of administrative issues (data/budget, personnel, stakeholders, and open questions), and a senior director panel.  The overall goal of the Introductory Leadership Institute is to provide an opportunity for directors in the early stage of their career to develop their understanding of the skills involved in leading and managing a College/University Counseling Center. Additionally, it is our goal to foster an environment of connection and resourceful partnership between colleagues.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss different leadership styles to better recognize personal leadership values and preferences. 
  • Analyze personal and professional dilemmas and complexities associated with leading a counseling center. 
  • Identify and clarify multiple roles which may be required to engage in as a director.  
  • Discuss with more seasoned directors and fellow new directors administrative content areas that are typically challenging for new directors (e.g. budget, personnel, interacting with stakeholders). 
  • Develop perspective on the skills and challenges inherent to long-term success and satisfaction in the director role. 

New Director and First Time Attendee Program

The New Director/First Time Attendee (NDFTA) program aims to introduce new colleagues to all that AUCCCD has to offer and to foster connections with those of us who have more experience with the organization and our conferences. At the heart of the NDFTA program are the "conference connector" pairings, where we match our NDFTAs with more "seasoned directors" for a meet-up prior to the Saturday night opening reception. Our goal is for all interested NDFTAs to receive support in navigating the AUCCCD conference. As we can all remember from when we were newbies, attending AUCCCD for the first time can often feel overwhelming. Having a more experienced colleague make introductions to other directors and provide tips on how to make the most of the conference can really make a difference. NDFTA directors may sign up for this program complimentary during the registration process. This program will take place Saturday, October 19, from 4:30 - 6:00 PM.


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