Events & Conference


2024 MNACPA Spring Conference – Anti-racism, Inclusion, and Belonging in Higher Ed

The 2024 MN Chapter of the American College Personnel Association (MNACPA) Conference will be held Friday, March 8, virtually through Zoom. This year’s theme is Anti-racism, Inclusion, and Belonging in Higher Ed

The Conference aims to address pressing and current issues faced in higher education. As members of the higher ed community, our hope is to provide anti-racist education and frameworks that produce a culture of inclusion and belonging. Institutional and systematic change starts with leaders, allies, and accomplices who are action oriented for the ‘good trouble.’ Inclusion and belonging are difficult to achieve in racially oppressive environments that continue to promote white supremacy through structures and policies. Therefore, “anti-racism” is at the forefront of our conference theme to help create the change we strive to see. 

We invite Minnesota higher education professionals and graduate students to Submit Program Proposals to present at this year’s conference. The program proposal submission deadline is Sunday, February 18th at 11:59 p.m. Contact [email protected] for questions.

When: Friday, March 8, 2024

Where: Zoom

Registration Ends: Thursday, March 7, 2024 

Register for the 2024 MNACPA Conference

Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount – please email [email protected] for group rates.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rassheedah Watts

Dr. Rassheedah Watts, The Inclusive Community Architect, is an activator, helping organizations and individuals build capacity for stronger connected communities! As a 3 time first-generation college student, she motivates individuals to move from the mental confines of I can’t to I will. She is an award-winning Diversity Strategist, educator, producer of the Diversity Minute televised series, and author of the book How To Be An Ally And Create Inclusion Using The A.C.A. Pillars: A 3-Step Approach To Effective Allyship and her newly released poetic work Black Womb Dialogues.

With over 20 years experience in both the public and private sectors she’s led many organizations in achieving notable firsts in the diversity, equity and inclusion landscape. She was instrumental in leading an organization in achieving its first national diversity award in its 50-year history. In 2020 she helped establish a nationally designated Truth, Racial healing, Transformation Center in the state of Minnesota. 

Dr. Rassheedah’s earned the distinction of recruitment into the United States Speaker Program, showcasing her expertise on the global stage in partnership with U.S. embassies and consulates. She’s delivered impactful presentations on gender equity and inclusion in Pakistan with a special focus on college and university leadership, and addressed racial healing in Scotland, engaging with members of Parliament. Whether on a domestic or international platform, she masterfully elevates important conversations that inspire courageous action toward creating just and equitable communities. 

Learn more at and connect with her on Youtube @Dr.Rassheedah and on Instagram @actgiant



Questions about registration, proposals, or the conference, please email: [email protected]