Student Affairs Rising Professionals Program (RPP)

Academic Year 23-24

The Rising Professionals Program (RPP) is a year-long career development experience designed to foster a diverse and inclusive team of Student Affairs professionals who are well-prepared to pursue an array of opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the country.  The program is tailored to entry-level to mid-level professional staff (who don’t already have significant leadership roles), helping them learn and grow in preparation for the next steps in their careers—wherever their paths may take them. 

Program participants will:

  • Learn more about critical and emerging issues in student development and higher education from current leaders in the field, engaging in case studies, conversations, and workshops regarding student development, higher education finance, law/policy, assessment, and managing staff
  • Be introduced to key decision makers at UNC-Chapel Hill and other area colleges and universities
  • Partner with a senior leader in UNC Student Affairs in a mentor-mentee relationship, through which they’ll develop and discuss a career action plan that connects their long and short-term goals with potential opportunities and networking relationships for professional advancement and growth

Curriculum Overview*

SeptemberAnnual Program Kick-Off and Cohort Welcome
• Introductions
• Overview of program
• Discussion of ethics/values in Student Development
OctoberTwo sessions:
• Meet the Mentors/Mentees Lunch Panel: 
Our Career Paths and Insights into Framing Your Own
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. No. 1
NovemberHigher Education Law and Policy WorkshopSauls
DecemberCoffee and Conversation:  Leading a World-Class Global Public UniversityGuskiewicz and Clemens
JanuaryTwo sessions:
• Student Affairs in Practice Workshop: Case Study No. 1
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. No. 2
FebruaryManaging and Mentoring Staff WorkshopTBA
MarchTwo sessions:
• Student Affairs in Practice Workshop: Case Study No. 2
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. No. 3
AprilLearning Outcomes and Assessment WorkshopLocke
MayHigher Education Finance WorkshopTBA
JuneCoffee and Conversation:
Lessons Learned in Leading a Student Affairs Division
TBA, Non-UNC Leaders
July• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. No. 4
• Graduation Event

*Subject to change based on presenter availability

Online Application

RPP Application
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