2023 Annual Conference

CPAK is excited to announce that the 2023 CPAK Conference will be held Monday, April 17, 2023 at the University of Kentucky. Registration is now LIVE!

Recharge your internal batteries by reconnecting with colleagues across the Commonwealth to reflect on your unique role and purpose in the field of higher education. Presenters will deliver conference sessions aligned with ACPA/NASPA competencies to provide opportunities for attendees to learn, grow, and reflect. Topics will include the current state of access and equity within higher education, lessons learned over the past three years, finding and fulfilling your “why,” and how to create institutional change for the betterment of the students we serve.

Conference Registration

2023 CPAK Conference offers an in-person and a virtual participation option. The deadline for registering in in-person is MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2023. The deadline for registering for the virtual participation option is FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2023.

In-Person* (Member Rate)$75
In-Person* (Non-Member Rate)$125
In-Person* (Graduate Student Rate)$25
Virtual Participation (Member/Grad Student Rate)$25
Virtual Participation (Non-Member Rate)$40


Become a Chapter-Only Member
for $30 ($15 for graduate students) to save on registration costs!


* In-person registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and the Hall of Fame Dinner.

CPAK Awards

We will be recognizing colleagues for the following CPAK awards during the CPAK annual business meeting.

  • The Dr. Michael Cuyjet Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • The Outstanding Emerging Professional Award
  • The Dr. Fred Rhodes Outstanding Service Award
  • The Innovator Award

Conference Schedule

Registration & Networking9:00a – 9:45a
Conference Programming 9:45a – Welcome
10:00a – Ed. Session #1
11:00a – Keynote
Business Meeting & Lunch12:30p – 1:30p
Conference Programming1:45p – Ed. Session #2
2:45p – Ed. Session #3
3:45p – SA Pros Panel
4:45p – Closing
Hall of Fame Reception5:00p – Reception
5:30p – Dinner Served
Hall of Fame Ceremony6:00p – 8:00p
* A list of sessions being offered at the 2023 CPAk Conference can be found below.

Andrea D. Domingue, Ed.D (she/her/hers) is the Chief Strategy Officer for Student Life at Davidson College and ACPA President for 2022-2023. She received her Ed.D. in Student Development with a concentration in Social Justice Education (2014) and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies (2013) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration (2005) from New York University and a B.A. in Sociology and Mathematics (2003) from the University of Texas at Austin. Andrea has worked in a variety of student affairs functional areas such as residence life, multiple identity-based centers, and dean of student offices across large and small colleges. A scholar-practitioner, she currently teaches graduate courses on critical pedagogy and college student development at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, published the co-edited book “Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons” through SUNY Press, and served as a co-author for ACPA’s “A Bold Vision Forward: A Framework for the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization.” Lastly, Andrea is a recognized higher education association leader serving as Co-Chair for the Consortium of Higher Education Resource Professionals (2006-2009) and held multiple leadership positions with ACPA College Student Educators International (2009-present).

2023 CPAK Keynote Speaker

Andrea D. Domingue, Ed.D. 2022-2023 ACPA President

SA Pros Panel

The 2023 Student Affairs Professionals Panel will explore the “non-traditional” experiences and pathways many of our colleagues have followed with the intent of focusing on how student affairs and higher education can be more inclusive, inviting, and accessible as a career. The goal is to challenge the “status quo” of a typical SA professional and provide a better understanding of others’ experiences so that institutions can better support, recruit, and retain these individuals. Hear from panelists who:

  • Were international students;
  • Began working at an institution prior to beginning their post-secondary education;
  • Had a career in a different field for a long time before transitioning to SA/HE as a “second career”;
  • Were parenting while obtaining their education;
  • and more

Educational Sessions

The following educational sessions will be provided during the CPAK conference:

  • The Art of Refusing: Boundaries, Self-Care and Sustainability
  • Mentoring Matters: A Three-Tiered Approach to Mentor Engagement
  • Job Search Discovery
  • Showing Students We CARE: How to Utilize a Care Team Approach
  • The Art of Creating Space: An Expansive Approach to Inviting Students to Spiritual Reflection & Connection
  • Re-boarding: How Institutional Literacy Can Help You Feel More Involved
  • Strategies to Call-In Well-Intentioned White People to Work toward Social Justice
  • Re-KYnect with your team: Getting the most out of icebreakers and teambuilders to foster team cohesion
  • Your “Why” Matters: Connecting to Wellness, Connection, and Effectiveness

Directions to UK

The conference will be held at the University of Kentucky in the Gatton Student Center (160 Ave of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508)

For directions, please visit the Gatton Student Center Website.


Parking will be located at the Cornerstone Garage – PS #5 (409 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508). The garage has an entrance and exit on South Limestone and on Upper Street.

Conference presenters and panelists will be provided free parking. For all other attendees, the cost for parking is $2 per hour with a $16 per exit maximum. Attendees are encouraged to carpool.

Hotel Information

CPAK does not have a designated hotel for conference attendees.

If you need to make hotel reservations, the Visit Lex website has a list of hotels near the UK campus.

Visiting Lexington

For more information on restaurants, events, and things to do while in the area, check out the Visit Lex website.

Revisit Past Conferences

Past CPAK Award Winners