2023 Conference Schedule

The 2023 Annual Conference will be held at the Renaissance Nashville from October 25 - 29. This Conference was originally contracted to occur in October 2020 but was re-scheduled due to COVID-19, which shifted the typical conference date pattern.

2023 AUCCCD Annual Conference Important Dates

Dates subject to change

March 1: Call for Proposals Open
April 16: Call for Proposals Close
May 15: Early Registration & Hotel Reservations Open
September 8: Early Registration Ends (Registration prices increase after this date)
September 29: Hotel Reservation Cut-Off Date
October 25: Pre-conference & Opening Reception
October 26 - 29: Annual Conference

2023 Conference Schedule

Times subject to change. Times are EST.

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
8:00a - 9:00a Continental Breakfast for Preconference Attendees
8:00a - 1:00p IACS Board of Directors Meeting
8:30a - 4:00p Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00a - 12:00p AUCCCD Board Meeting – Board Members Only
11:30a - 1:00p Lunch Break (on your own)
4:30p - 5:15p New Directors’ and First Time Attendees (NDFTA) Workshop - Learn More
5:00p - 6:30p IACS Wine and Cheese Reception, Open to all attendees
6:30p - 10:00p 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
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation 
8:30a - 10:00a 1st Business Meeting
8:30a - 9:30a Partners'/Guests' Welcome & Informal Meeting
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit & Sponsor Hall
10:30a - 12:00p Opening Keynote Speaker, Brandon Wolf, Pulse Nightclub Survivor & Activist
12:00p - 1:30p Multicultural Directors’ Luncheon
12:00p - 1:30p Directors from Catholic Schools Luncheon
1:30p - 3:00p Breakout Sessions 
3:00p - 3:30p Break in Exhibit & Sponsor Hall
3:30p - 5:00p Affinity Groups
5:15p - 6:30p CCMH Meeting / Update, Open to all attendees - Learn More
6:30p Group Dinners (on your own) - View Schedule or Submit Your Own Group Dinner

7:00a - 12:00p Registration/Information Desk Open 
7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 12:00p Exhibit & Sponsor Hall Open
7:00a - 8:00a Bob McGrath Annual Fun Run and Fun Walk
7:00a - 8:30a International Directors’ Interest Breakfast
7:15a - 8:15a JCSP Meeting
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
8:30a - 10:00a Breakout Sessions
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit & Sponsor Hall
10:30a - 12:00p AUCCCD Community Conversation, All attendees welcome and encouraged to attend
12:30p - Open Afternoon or Scheduled Tours (requires pre-registration)

  1. Option 1: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens | $65.00 / person -- See what's included
  2. Option 2: National Museum of African American Music | $32.00 / person -- See what's included
  3. Option 3: Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum & Private Tour of Historic Studio B | $65.00 / person -- See what's included
  4. Option 4: The Hermitage | $60.00 / person -- See what's included

6:30p Group Dinners (on your own) - View Schedule or Submit Your Own Group Dinner

7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 6:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
7:00a - 5:00p Exhibits
7:00a - 8:30a IACS Field Visitor Meeting
7:00a - 8:30a New Directors/First Time Attendees Informal Breakfast Meeting
7:00a - 8:15a Emeritus Directors’ Breakfast
7:30a - 8:00a Meditation
8:30a - 10:00a 2nd Business Meeting
10:00a - 10:30a Break in Exhibit & Sponsor Hall
10:30a - 12:00p Closing Keynote Speaker, Tania Israel, Expert Speaker on Bridging Political Differences
12:00p - 1:30p Women Directors' Lunch
1:30p - 3:00p Breakout Sessions
3:00p - 3:30p Break in Exhibit & Sponsor Hall + Raffle Prizes
3:30p - 5:00p Breakout Sessions
6:30p - 10:30p Awards Program / Dinner 

7:00a - 8:30a Continental Breakfast
7:00a - 12:00p Registration/Information Desk Open
8:30a - 10:00a Breakout Sessions
10:00a - 10:30a Break 
10:30a - 12:00p Breakout Sessions


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New Director, First Time Attendee Program (NDFTA) | October 25, 2023

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. If you have questions about this program, please reach out to the NDFTA coordinator, Teresa Michaelson or the AUCCCD Office.

Brandon Wolf is a nationally recognized LGBTQ civil rights advocate, leader in the movement to end gun violence in America, and survivor of the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub. After narrowly escaping that night, during what was the deadliest mass shooting in US history at the time, Brandon channeled his life into fighting for a safer world for future generations and honoring victims of injustice with action.

He is a frequent face on MSNBC, CNN, Black News Channel, and is a featured voice in CNN digital, Newsweek, USA Today, and others. Brandon has graced the cover of Dazed Magazine and LGBTQ publications nationwide, recently being named one of the Logo TV 30.

He has been recognized as one of Huffington Post’s 30 LGBTQ Influencers under 30 and Business Equality Magazine’s 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. Brandon was a national surrogate for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Campaign and an advisory committee member for President Biden’s
General Election bid. He is a co-founder and current Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers safe spaces in schools for LGBTQ youth, and an Advisory Board Member for the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the oldest advocacy organization for victims of crime in the country.

Brandon’s work is done through the same lens of intersectionality through which he experiences the world, centering those living at the crossroads of identity and acknowledging that the simple act of caring for oneself is radical in society today. Learn more about Brandon by visiting brandonwolf.us and on social media @bjoewolf.


Tania Israel is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of California and award-winning author of Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work (APA, 2020). Dr. Israel’s work on dialogue across political difference has been received enthusiastically by professional conferences, corporations, campuses, political organizations, and faith communities. Her TEDx talk, How to Win a Political Argument, has been widely viewed. She has shared her expertise with the TODAY show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and dozens of other media outlets. Dr. Israel has facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. She has received honors from Congress, the California State Legislature, and the American Psychological Association. To learn more, visit taniaisrael.com or connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

CCMH Session / Update

This program will provide an overview of recent progress at CCMH including:

  • Review the 2015 to 2022 Annual reports
  • Preview the 2022-2023 data set and the upcoming 2023 Annual Report
  • Summary of recent developments at CCMH
  • Preview of upcoming CCMH programs and new feedback tools
  • Q&A

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss recent activities of CCMH
  2. Understand the key findings of the 2023 Annual Report, with implications for policy
  3. Apply key findings of the 2022-2023 data set and 2023 Annual Report Special Section to counseling center practices

Presented by Brett Scofield, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Center for Collegiate Mental Health

Friday Afternoon Tours

Option 1: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: Since being converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens and an historic estate unlike anything else. 
$65.00 / person

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (shuttle will loop if you would like to leave earlier)
Property Map

This tour includes transportation, boxed lunch (on-site, you will select during registration), and self-guided tours of the 55-acre botanical garden and mile long sculpture trail, in addition to the mansion.

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior


Option 2: National Museum of African American Music: NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. 
$32.00 / person

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM (This museum is a short walk from the hotel, so transportation will not be provided.) You are free to tour the museum any time during the day.

This tour includes discounted entry tickets, self-guided tour and downloadable music experience.  Lunch is on your own.

Option 3: Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum & Private Tour of Historic Studio B
$65.00 / person

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This tour includes discounted museum tickets, private guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B and trasnportation to/from the Studio. The Studio is about 1.5 miles from the museum. The private tour will take place at 3:30 PM. Lunch is on your own.

Option 4: The Hermitage: The home of Andrew Jackson, considered to be one of the best preserved early U.S. presidential homes.
$60.00 / person

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (shuttle will loop if you would like to leave earlier)

This tour includes transportation, boxed lunch (onsite - you will select lunch option during registration), and self-guided tours through the gardens and grounds. 

All tickets purchased to The Hermitage include access to the Andrew Jackson Center, where our film, Jackson, is shown, as well as where our museum and exhibit is located. You also are able to visit the garden, other historic buildings on the site and enjoy walking trails, historical markers and more on the 1,120 acres that make up The Hermitage. Don’t forget to stop by Natchez Hills Winery for your discounted wine tasting as well!*

Tickets include a guided tour of the Hermitage mansion.

Thank you to our 2023 Conference Sponsors!

For information regarding the 2023 Annual AUCCCD Conference in Nashville, TN, please view our Sponsorship Packages or contact the AUCCCD Office - [email protected].












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