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OCPA is committed to providing professional development opportunities for higher education professionals across Ohio. The Professional Development Institutes are a series of workshops sponsored by OCPA designed to provide professional development opportunities throughout the year for members of OCPA.

Upcoming Professional Development Institutes

OCPA Summer Book Club
 Registration Deadline: May 27th Location: Online via Zoom
 Cost : $5

Looking to kick off your summer with a little equity and inclusion-focused professional development? Then join OCPA for our summer VIRTUAL book club!

This summer we will be reading Why Aren't We There Yet?: Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus, a collection of seven essays edited by Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, and Raechele L. Pope. The contributors to this book seek to offer new insights to improve student affairs, emphasizing action that recognizes this is a complex and multi-faceted process, and beginning with the assertion that, without recognizing the influences of privilege and inequality, we educators cannot promote truly welcoming environments.

We will meet via Zoom to discuss the book and how we can apply what we have learned in our everyday work with students. If you can't make all the meetings, we would love to have your participation anyway.

Registration is $5/person and remains open until May 27th. The first 5 registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book from OCPA! The virtual meeting dates are:

  • Friday, May 31, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, June 14, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, June 28, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, July 12, Noon-1:30pm

Questions? Contact Anna Wagner, OCPA Equity & Inclusion Chair ( or Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Chair (

Serving Under-resourced Students through Basic Needs Programs; A drive in Detworking and Resouce Sharing Event
When: TBD Location: TBD
Cost: TBD
National data would indicate the rates of food insecurity on college campuses range from 36%-42% and 36%-46% of students are housing insecure or homeless.  Basic needs are becoming a staple service on college campuses, from food pantries to emergency grants and others services in between. Join us for an afternoon opportunity to meet with others doing basic needs work in Ohio; or if you are considering adding these services to your campus, come and hear what others have already started.  Roundtable discussions and presentations will cover food pantries, meal swipe programs, emergency grants, case management, and SNAP. 
Questions? Contact Kathy Fahl, Assistant Dean of Students at Ohio University ( or Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Chair (


Questions? Please contact Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Institutes Chair.