Professional Development Workshops

WACADA Professional Development Workshops are usually half day events, held virtually or as a drive-in event, to provide an opportunity for mid-year connection, idea sharing, and support for WACADA members.

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Title: This Bag is a Coat: Packing and Wearing Confidence for the Journey Ahead!

Keynote Description:

Confidence is a complex social power!  A must-pack for every journey!  Confidence means you believe in yourself and your abilities. A belief, an acceptance of truth, stimulates perseverance when faced with a new or challenging situation. Believing in oneself is complex and not fixed, meaning it consists of many parts and may be lost and gained as you embark on each adventure of life. It is important to maintain confidence because confidence reinforces our ability to try new things. To gain or maintain confidence in a given situation it is important to consider the roles of courage, action, and mindset. Attendees will develop confidence-related awareness and tips to strengthen belief in themselves in uncertain situations.

Keynote Biography: 

Christina L. Jackson is a multi hyphenated student advocate and professional speaker from the Midwest. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Master of Education in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) which is about two hours west of her hometown in Detroit, Michigan. Christina is a first-generation college graduate. She chose to serve college students because of the experiences she had as a historically underserved student. As it relates to college student affairs, Christina is most passionate about student engagement strategies that promote self regulation as a primary tool for academic excellence, and student retention. Her areas of focus include time management, imposter syndrome, design thinking, and identity based-habits.

In addition to her part-time role as a professional keynote speaker, Christina serves as an Assistant Director in the College of Biological Sciences, Dean’s Office at UC Davis.


Spring PD Proposal Submissions Live! Spring PD Taking Place March 15th at 8:30 am – Noon   CST!

Half day professional development event to be held virtually

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 820 5507 0476

Registration Open for Virtual Spring PD! Please make sure to RSVP for the Spring Professional Development (clickable link here) 

*You must be a WACADA member to attend this event*

Not a WACADA member or need to renew your membership? It’s not too late to join! (clickable link here)

Questions about the program or registration?
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*If you are not a current member and would like to attend, please register for the annual membership for a $20 fee. Any questions about membership, please email Paula Brugge, VP of Membership at


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