Going into its 26th year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA educational program for those who have been in the student affairs field for five or more years or are a departmental director.  The Institute guides those desiring to grow their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well.

Thursday, 11 January 2024, 5 - 7 pm

Friday, 12 January 2024, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Friday, 26 January 2024, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Friday, 9 February 2024, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Friday, 23 February 2024, 1:30 - 3:30 pm


The Institute, named for Donna Bourassa, Ed.D. former Associate Executive Director of ACPA, is a successful professional development resource to hundreds of colleagues in the student affairs profession.



  • Dynamic curriculum focused on identifying the complexities facing higher education and the student affairs profession and providing the resources to effect positive change.

  • A highly interactive and engaging learning environment including individual and group activities, panels, presentations, case studies and small and large group discussions.

  • A cohort model supports personal and professional transformation and connections with colleagues after the Institute.

  • In depth discussions and reflections facilitated through mentor groups.

  • Each year a reception is hosted at the ACPA Annual Convention for all past participants


Alan Acosta (He/Him/His)

Associate Vice Provost for Student Life and Director of Positive Learning Environments

Office of Student Life // University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Monique C. Atherley (She/They)

Intercultural Center Director // Marymount Manhattan College


Genia M. Bettencourt (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Professor of Higher and Adult Education // University of Memphis


Joan Collier (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Vice President for Equity and Inclusion // Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Craig Elliott (He/Him/His)

Faculty // Center for Leadership Development


Bernie Liang (He/Him/His)

Senior Director for Student Engagement // Seattle University


2024 ACPA Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

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  • Thursday Jan 11 2024, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Friday Jan 12 2024, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Friday Jan 26 2024, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Friday Feb 09 2024, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Friday Feb 23 2024, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual