Upcoming Events

January 18, 2022 to February 3, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Webinar Series: Student Affairs Careers; Transitions, Challenges and Opportunities


Note: Student Affairs professionals who are in transition, underemployed or unemployed can get access to this series for free. Reach out to contact@cacuss.ca for more details.

This is an opportunity to have conversations about the Student Affairs profession in Canada. This series is aimed at folks who are thinking about career transitions, or who are curious to have conversations about career advancement, professional identity, evolving challenges, and more! We welcome presentations that explore diverse perspectives about the Canadian Student Affairs profession and professional roles.


  • CACUSS Member: $49 plus tax
  • Non-member: $69 plus tax
  • Teams who register more than 1 person are entitled to 20% off for additional team members from your institution. Use the code Email us at contact@cacuss.ca for the coupon code.
  • CURRENT FULL TIME STUDENTS GET 50% off. Email us at contact@cacuss.ca for the coupon code.
  • Registration includes access to all presentations and recordings (where available).

Life Beyond Residence Life: Moving out from Housing into other careers

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00pm ET 60 min                    Part 1: Housing to other Student Affairs roles
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00pm ET 60 min                   Part 2: Housing/Student Affairs to other sectors

Facilitated by Dan Cantiller, X University

Considering a career beyond Housing? Wondering how to transition from Residence Life into Student Affairs roles and other opportunities at your post-secondary institution? Join this panel of CACUSS colleagues with prior experience in Housing & Residence Life to discuss the skills they developed in these roles, the reasons they pursued opportunities in other departments/functional areas of Student Affairs, and challenges and lessons they learned from their transition experiences. Come to listen, ask a question - maybe both!

Jan 18 Panelists: panelist bios

  • Ian Crookshank, Dean of Students (Humber College)
  • Lyn-Marie Farley, Senior Manager, International Student Support and Engagement (Ryerson University)
  • Sarah Ready, Student Success Advisor (Dalhousie University)
  • Savannah Sloat, Lead Coordinator, Orientation, Transition and Engagement (University of Toronto)

Jan 20 Panelistspanelist bios

  • Megan Beliveau, Leadership Coach & Skills Trainer, Coaching for Democracy 
  • Mike Porritt, Vice President - International, Advisory Services, The Scion Group 
  • Erika Vas, Senior Policy Analyst, Government of Manitoba
  • Ayana Webb, Founder & Consultant, Harbingers Co-Creative


At the intersection of personal and career identities: How lived experiences inform your purpose in Student Affairs

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 12:00pm ET, 75 min

Presented by Dinuka Gunaratne and Jazz Fitzgerald, University of Waterloo

When personal and career identities cross paths, it gives you a glimpse into what motivates you as a professional. In student affairs as a professional, you are always confronted with many moments of navigating these complex boundaries of self. How does one navigate these boundaries as a person of colour or a member of an equity deserving group when layers of intersectionality play into your daily interaction with students? We will explore the complexities of navigating your personal identity with a career through an intersectionality lens and how one’s purpose can fuel the energy that overcomes barriers along the way.


Navigating the practical elements and overcoming barriers of career exploration in Canadian Student Affairs: An intersectional lens.

Thursday, January 27th,, 12:00pm ET, 75 min
Presented by Dinuka Gunaratne and Jazz Fitzgerald, University of Waterloo

Beyond the complexities of intersectionality and identity, seeking career opportunities and next steps require practical elements of career exploration. What is it like to engage in your next career move? What is it like to apply for a job, go through an interview and negotiate a job offer in student affairs? The mechanics of how to do this process can be overwhelming. In this session, the presenters will share their own experiences in doing informational interviews, applications and interviews for roles that engaged them in their next steps.



Learning to Be: Negotiating the Development of a Professional Identity as an Emerging Professional in Student Affairs

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 12:00pm ET 90 minutes

Presented by: Lisa Endersby, York University

A community of practice, like CACUSS, is a complex entity that simultaneously acts as a place for knowledge generation and a site for the communal negotiation and definition of what it means to be a full member of a profession. Dissertation research completed in late 2020 with 6 emerging professionals in student affairs who were members of CACUSS, explored stories of learning to be a professional in the field. This session will share results of a phenomenological analysis of these stories, while also offering insights and recommendations into re imagining how new professionals are welcomed into and supported in this field.


Cancellation Policy: 

Event cancellations must be received in writing (via email to contact@cacuss.ca). Refunds will be processed minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued if the request is received after January 18, 2022. Registrations can be transferred to another delegate with no fee, but the request must be placed prior to the first webinar. 


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