COVID-19 update:

In response to the COVID-19 situation, WCPA has canceled the Spring Professional Development Institute, “Free Speech, Protest, and Bias”. Click to see more information.

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Welcome to the Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA). WCPA has been around for nearly 50 years supporting professionals and graduate students in higher education grow professionally.

WCPA welcomes individuals from all types of institutions and career fields related to higher education. WCPA affirms and supports the unique identities in our community by striving for inclusive excellence.


Upcoming WCPA Events:

Annual Fall Conference: October 8-9, 2020 (Virtual Event)

Student Affairs 101, Sponsored by Oshkosh Placement Exchange: October 9-10, 2020 (Virtual Event)

Spring Professional Development Institute: Date TBD

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