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Professional Development Events & Opportunities

Grow your career, your staff, and yourself. NIRSA continues to develop programs and opportunities to help you prepare for the near- and long-term future.

If you would like to propose a program, please let us know here.

NIRSA Virtual Institute

2021 NIRSA Intramural Sports Virtual Institute

June 28 & 29, 2021

NIRSA’s Intramural Sports Virtual Institute will offer focused spaces to brainstorm and exchange ideas with expert practitioners as we navigate staffing and programming challenges in a post-pandemic world.

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NIRSA Virtual Institute

Aspiring Directors Institute: Virtual

July 12-30, 2021 • Online • Co-presented by ACUHO-I, ACUI, and NIRSA

Presented in partnership with ACUHO–I, ACUI, and NIRSA, the 2021 Aspiring Directors Institute will be a three-week virtual program during the weeks of July 12–30. Each week will include one focused day of content delivery, along with structured opportunities for discussions, meaning making, and relationship building throughout.

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NIRSA Virtual Institute

2021 NIRSA Collegiate Esports Virtual Institute

July 14 & 15, 2021

Esports and gaming are some of the fastest growing programs on campuses! Join us at NIRSA’s Esports Virtual Institute to learn from leaders who have experience building programs, as well as how to take your program to the next level with scholarships and sponsorships.

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NIRSA Institute

Thank you, Mondo, for presenting the 2021 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute2021 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo

In partnership with Athletic Business • October 27–30, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas

The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo, provides in-depth information on planning, constructing, renovating, and operating recreation sports facilities. Since demand for recreation sports facilities continues to increase, recreation professionals need to stay on the forefront of trends and best practices.

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NIRSA Institute

2021 NIRSA/ACUI Collegiate Marketing Institute

November 16-18, 2021 at thePittsburgh Marriott city Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NIRSA and ACUI partner to provide an in person event tailored to collegiate marketing professionals.

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NIRSA Discussion

NIRSA’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for campus recreation

Campus recreation professionals are invited to focus on racism and the Black American experience. Each Monday for 4 weeks, you will receive a list of daily resources — a mix of readings, videos, podcasts, and discussion questions. All participants are encouraged to convene a discussion with your teams. This is now being offered as an ‘on-demand’ experience.

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Still Available

These past events were recorded and are still available.

NIRSA Webinar

Train the Trainer Soccer Workshop, presented by NIRSA Championship Series

April 22, 2021, 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

This 90–minute online workshop is for those that want to get better at training soccer officials. The workshop will provide a high-level overview, resources, and considerations when preparing training and development for student soccer officials.

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NIRSA Webinar

Bluefishjobs Career Development Week: Spring 2021

April 6-8, 2021

Ramp up your career goals with NIRSA professionals. Join us for webinars, mock interviews, resume reviews, and employer informational sessions.

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NIRSA Webinar

2021 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference

Conference: February 1‑19, 2021
Recordings available through April 2, 2021

The online event will focus on a strong future of leadership for minority students and young professionals in the field of collegiate recreation. This event will also talk about social justice themes based on our current climate of protests of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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NIRSA Webinar

Talks with Tiffany

Balancing Professionalism in a Time of Unrest: October 7, 2020
Pushing the Agenda Forward: December 2, 2020
Knowing Your Worth: February 3, 2021

Tiffany Lomax, Director of Recreation Services at Colby College, hosts a three-part series with black female recreation directors discussing aspects of being a black woman in campus recreation. Presenters include Jocelyn Hill, American University; Felicia Tittle, Duke University; Tara Parker, Kennesaw State University; and Wendy Windsor, Tulane University.

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NIRSA Webinar

How to Train Your Student Staff: In person, online, and in between

September 29 – October 1, 2020

Join members of the Student Staff Development Task Force, as well as other rising stars in recreation’s student staff development world, for three sessions addressing virtual staff training during COVID.

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NIRSA Webinar

NIRSA Recreation Facilities Online Series presented by Mondo

December 7, 2020 • Registration opens November 2020
Recordings available through March 19, 2021

NIRSA Recreation Facilities Online Series presented by Mondo is offering a mix of live and on-demand sessions, for approximately seven credit hours. The series will be covering topics related to recreation facilities operations, management, and planning and design, especially as it relates to the current pandemic and planning for the future.

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NIRSA Webinar

Career Development Week: Fall 2020

November 9-11, 2020

Ramp up your career goals with NIRSA professionals. Join us for webinars, mock interviews, resume reviews, and employer informational sessions.

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NIRSA Webinar

Virtual Career Development Week presented by Mondo: Spring 2020

NIRSA Members can still access these webinar recordings.

These career development webinars were recorded April 20-24, 2020 at the inaugural Bluefishjobs Career Development Week, presented by Mondo. They are free to NIRSA Members.

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NIRSA Webinar

Summer of Learning presented by Life Fitness

Summer may be over, but this webinar series is still available through November 2020.

The Summer of Learning program includes live and on-demand webinars focused on improving student and community health and wellbeing, human resources and professional qualities, program development and much more! Thank you to our sponsor, Life Fitness.

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Make Connections

Connect with campus recreation online.

NIRSA Roundtable
NIRSA Ideas in Motion: Virtual Roundtables for Campus Recreation
NIRSA Discussions

NIRSA Caucuses

NIRSA Discussions

Member Chats

on Instagram Live

NIRSA Discussions
NIRSA #RecChat

For more information about NIRSA’s Professional Development Opportunities, contact NIRSA Director of Professional Development, Kristen Gleason.