Revive and Renew: A New Chapter in Student Affairs

After discussions with the WCPA Board, we have decided to shift the 2023 Fall Conference to a virtual delivery format. We reflected on the mission of WCPA, providing “accessible and affordable professional development,” and believe that changing to this format will provide high-quality professional development to a greater number of professionals and students across Wisconsin. We hope you can join us from the comfort of your office on October 5 and 6!

Registration is open through October 4 for you to register your entire campus for the FULL virtual experience. Our keynote and endnote speakers, Mandela Barnes and Amanda Florence Garcia Goodenough, are still excited to speak with you at our virtual event! Please see the FAQ below for more information, go here to register for the event today, or contact us with specific questions at

We are still looking for program submissions and award & scholarship nominations.

This is more FYI than FAQ – but now that we’re virtual, there is no better time to get involved and promote your great work and knowledge. Submit for a program today by completing this form or emailing Alfred Beseler at Submit your award or scholarship nomination here.

What is the conference schedule?

We will email all participants with the conference schedule as soon as it is ready, however you can plan for the following general layout:

Thurs, Oct 5

  • Welcome and Keynote by Mandela Barnes at 9:00 AM
  • Programming Sessions (four total), starting at 10:10 AM, 11:10 AM, 1:10 PM, and 2:10 PM
  • Lunch and Learn with WCPA at 12:15 PM
  • Past Presidents Meeting at 3:10 PM

Fri, Oct 6

  • Awards, Scholarships, and Endnote by Amanda Goodenough at 9:00 AM
  • Programming Sessions (two total), starting at 10:10 AM and 11:10 AM

Conference Registration

Registration TypeCostRegistration Description
Virtual Individual$50Virtual registration for professional staff, graduate students, or undergraduate students.
Hybrid Institutional$250This registration provides your institution with FULL virtual access to:
Keynote Mandela Barnes and Endnote Amanda Goodenough
Over 15 virtual programming session options
Student Affairs 101 programming sessions

You only need one Institutional Virtual Registration per campus to earn these benefits. We will email you with registration information to share with your campus.

Conference Schedule and Program Proposals

The Conference Schedule will be released near the end of September.

Keynote and Endnote Speakers

We are very excited to announce our Keynote and Endnote speakers this year.

Keynote | Mandela Barnes

Thursday, October 5, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mandela Barnes has spent his career working for Wisconsin’s working people. He served in the Wisconsin legislature, became the state’s 45th Lt. Governor – the state’s second-ever Black statewide elected official, and ran a record-breaking U.S. Senate campaign. In his historic U.S. Senate campaign, he came one point away from unseating a two-term incumbent in Wisconsin’s closest Senate election in 100 years. Determined to support other diverse and groundbreaking candidates across the country, Mandela founded the Long Run PAC. Mandela also returned to organizing as President of Power to the Polls WI, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved voters in Wisconsin.

Endnote | Amanda Florence Garcia Goodenough

Friday, October 6, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Amanda Florence Garcia Goodenough (she/her/hers) is a dedicated educator operating from a cultural humility framework to center and elevate historically marginalized voices, promote belongingness and mattering, disrupt structural inequities, and advance intersectional social and racial justice. She is currently the CEO & Founder of Goodenough Consulting and a Team Lead & Partner for Social Responsibility Speaks. Previously, Amanda worked in higher education for 17 years and most recently served as the Director of the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Scholarship and Awards

WCPA offers a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize outstanding students and professionals and to provide opportunities for its members throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Student Affairs 101

NEW IN 2023!!! Student Affairs-101 is now programming track during the WCPA Fall Conference. Look for the SA101 designation in the conference agenda for these sessions.

Conference Sponsorship

If you are interested in being a conference sponsor, please contact us at

Past WCPA Conferences

The 2022 Fall Conference “The Aftermath | How to Support and Move Forward” was held October 6-7 virtually.

The 2021 Fall Conference “Social Justice: It Takes Everyone” was held October 7-8 virtually.

The 2020 Fall Conference was held October 8-9 virtually.

The 2019 Fall Conference “Moving Forward” was held October 3-4 at Kalahari Resort.

The 2018 Fall Conference “Celebrating Wisconsin Success” was held October 4-5 at the Kalahari Resort.

The 2017 Fall Conference was held October 12-13 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2016 Fall Conference “Make Every Connection Count” was held October 6-7 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2015 Fall Conference “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” was held October 8-9 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2013 Fall Conference “Community” was held October 17-18 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2012 Fall Conference “Staying Connected” was held on October 11th & 12th at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2011 Fall Conference “Celebrating the past, Living in the present, Creating the future” was held on October 19th & 21st at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2010 Fall Conference “Being your Best: Navigating from Challenge to Opportunity” was held on October 21st & 22nd at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2009 Fall Conference “Improving our Practice, Renewing Our Passion” was held on October 22nd & 23rd at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2008 Fall Conference “Campus Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility” was held on October 25th & 26th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2007 Fall Conference “Sustaining our Campus’s Future” was held on October 18th & 19th 2007 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2006 Fall Conference “Framing our Lens, Finding Our Focus” was held on October 19th & 20th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2005 Fall Conference “Zing! Bang! Boom!” was held on October 20th & 21st at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2004 Fall Conference “Blueprints for Building Success in Student Affairs” was held on October 13th & 15th at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.