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2021 Midwest ACE Call for Proposals

Deadline: January 17, 2021

Official Call for Programs Page | 2021 Midwest ACE Annual Conference
The Program Committee will work to balance current, critical topics along with meeting the needs of our membership to further grow as leaders and managers in our corporate and institutional environments. Our mission is to craft a program that addresses the needs of career services and employer professionals. 

What you need to submit:
  • Presenter CVs and Bios
  • Session Title
  • Session Description (200 word max)
  • Brief Description for Conference App (75 word max)
  • Learning Objective (Minimum 1, Applies to Breakout Session submissions only)
Sessions for the conference can be in one of two formats:
  • Breakout Session (Lecture or Panel): These 60 minute sessions can take various forms, from a single presenter or panel presentation to a facilitated networking discussion. Sessions are assigned to be presented on July 20th or July 21st. 
  • Hot Topic Discussion: What do you consider yourself an expert in? Join other MWACE experts to present your idea / project based on your topic of choice. Topics include: Career Development, COVID-19 Impacts/Virtual Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion, Employer Relations, or Technology.
Some topics to consider include: 

Administration: Career competencies/career readiness; Assessment and strategic planning; graduating student outcomes data and reporting; staffing-related topics; creative funding solutions; tapping into local higher ed and counseling programs to help support your staff/operations; how to present your qualitative successes in addition to your quantitative successes; mentoring and developing program and administrative staff members

• Assessment and Data Analytics: Assessment and strategic planning; graduating student outcomes data and reporting

Career Advising/Counseling: Emerging career fields; career counseling/coaching certifications; self-assessment tools; innovative career advising techniques or career development theories; job search (basics and advanced strategies); positive counseling/advising techniques; senior/graduation-related programming; connecting with students during summer orientation; The non-academic job search for grad students; marketing research skills for industry; the emotional transition from academic to non-academic career prospects for grad students; assisting alumni career changers.

Diversity and Inclusion: Advising, programming, and/or strategies that enhance and expand diversity representation related to, but not limited to: age, class, disabilities, gender identification and inclusivity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation.  Through a collaborative use of best practices, programs, and resources, college and employer members will be able to better address the diverse needs of students and the ever-changing landscape of higher education and career services.

Employer / Employer Relations: Student Engagement; Virtual site visits with employers; Insights for New Recruiters; Technologies available to companies for recruiting; international hiring best practices; diversity outreach best practices; social media to reach passive candidates; best practices for networking with colleges; leadership; recruiting and on-boarding different generations; Employer development vs. employer relations; database management/CRM technology; relationship development sales models; legal issues in HR; policies; leveraging relationships across departments at a university

Experiential Education: Legal/ethical issues; cost-cutting strategies for intern/co-op offices; merging co-op/intern and career center offices; Co-op vs. Intern: Pros, Cons, Measurements of Success; international internships; experiential education for international students; unpaid internships

Personal / Professional Development: Creating a personal and professional development plan; Self-assessment; Communication; Conflict resolution.

Small Colleges and Universities: Members working for institutions of higher education who’s enrollment is less than 6,500 students. One person offices.

Technology: Technology best practices; resources for international students; mobile / social recruiting; Remote interviewing/counseling tools; MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and their potential role in career advising; providing distance career counseling using online software tools that are FERPA compliant

Sessions must be noncommercial in nature. To maintain the educational integrity of the program, presenters may not use their session as a platform for promotion of their products and services, or for monetary gain.

We very much look forward to receiving your breakout and/or hot topic discussion proposals and we thank you in advance for having the interest and taking the time to submit your program!

If you have questions or any problems accessing the form, please be in touch with the MwACE Office.