Call for Proposals and Reviewers Now Open!

October 11, 2019

The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) is proud to partner with Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College and Sheridan College for the 2020 CACUSS Conference!

The learning that will occur at LEARN UNITE ACT 2020 and beyond will be enriched by the exchange of insights and perspectives of our conference delegates – and the invitation for you to enliven that exchange as a program presenter is open until Tuesday, December 31, 2019. 

Call for Proposals

The Conference Program Committee and our host committee, Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College and Sheridan College encourage you to submit a program proposal for LEARN UNITE ACT taking place May 31 – June 3, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario.

We are especially interested in program submissions that offer:

  • Examples of successful collaborations
  • Strategies for contending with emerging issues
  • Provocative new ideas or concepts
  • Research on the student experience
  • Proven practices in student affairs
  • Innovative experiences to enhance student learning, engagement and success outside of the classroom
  • Opportunities for dialogue regarding diverse lived experiences and perspectives

CLICK HERE to access the review rubric to ensure your program content and description meet the criteria.

CACUSS proposals will be evaluated based on identified learning outcomes that integrate the CACUSS Competency Model, in addition to the proposal’s delivery, evidence, ideas and learning outcomes.

Consider participating in one of our Conference Streams this year.

Proposals are currently being solicited for the following types of educational sessions:

60 and 90 Minute Sessions

These sessions present opportunities to share research, programs, or initiatives through an oral and visual medium and engage colleagues in an interactive experience. Presentations may include experiential learning activities, dialogue related to current events, developing trends, research, divisional or regional issues, best practices, and/or personal and professional development. Creative and innovative presentation formats are encouraged. Concurrent sessions take place between Monday, June 1, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Poster Sessions

Posters afford an opportunity to display research, programs, or initiatives through a visual medium and engage colleagues in one-on-one dialogue. The poster should be designed to present information in a visual format that is easy to digest and that stimulates thought and further exploration. Presenter(s) should be available to present their poster on Monday, June 1, 2020. Posters will remain in the showcase until end of the day on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Big Ideas: Powered by PechaKucha Sessions

Big Ideas is powered by PechaKucha, a unique presentation format during which the speaker’s 20 slides auto-advance every 25 seconds. This creates a dynamic presentation that explores different aspects of the conference theme in an innovative way from a variety of voices within the Canadian student affairs profession. Big Ideas: Powered by PechaKucha sessions will take place as a featured morning plenary session on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

The PechaKucha format is a great opportunity for all levels of leadership to share their stories. Do you know a student leader, staff member, or senior student affairs official with a unique story to tell? Encourage them to apply!

Presenting in front of a packed conference hall can be intimidating, but CACUSS delegates want to see you succeed on that stage. In fact, 77% of CACUSS 2019 delegates that attended Big Ideas Powered by PechaKucha found the experience very or extremely valuable. You can make a meaningful impact on the conference in only 8.5 minutes with your own Big Idea.

The Call for Proposals closes TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019.

CLICK HERE for more information or to submit your proposal today!

Call for Reviewers

At this time, we are also seeking volunteers to serve as program reviewers. We anticipate that each reviewer will be responsible for 5-10 anonymized proposals. Proposals will each be reviewed three times. You will receive proposals by Monday, January 6, 2020.

Your completed reviews will be due Monday, January 20, 2020. The anticipated time commitment is 5 hours.

If you can serve as a reviewer, please complete the FORM HERE using sign up code CACUSS20 by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.  If you have additional questions, please email

The success of LEARN UNITE ACT depends on the active engagement and enthusiasm of CACUSS members. We look forward to receiving your proposal and/or reviewer applications – and to seeing you in Toronto!