February 10, 2023 – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by Joliet Junior College, Heartland Community College and Lewis & Clark Community College


The Illinois Community College Student Activities Association (ICCSAA) elects new Executive Board.

View HERE the Press Release!

Spring Retreat

Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 26, 2022

Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center 1413 Leslie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704

Registration deadline has been extended until May 5th! Please submit your forms to Treasurer- Genny Stevens at Tentative Schedule can be viewed on the form.


ICCSAA Professional Development Keynote/Workshop

The ICCSAA identified that its member colleges and staff members currently face a wicked problem: the challenge of students returning to campus after a global pandemic. Over the last several years, everything has changed. How can colleges return to pre-pandemic programming while honoring the needs of students who have faced dramatic life changes over the last several years? Staff and students are experiencing high rates of burnout and higher education is entering into a new era. What does success look like in this new landscape and how might the work be redesigned to meet changing needs?

Design thinking offers both a method and a mindset for innovation and approaching wicked problems. The Spring Professional Retreat offers space to introduce ICCSAA professionals to design thinking and how it might be a helpful tool for their work in these challenging times.

About Julia

Julia Allworth is a leader and innovator who specializes in design thinking, collaboration and related methodologies that strive to design with rather than for people. Julia holds an MBA in Global Leadership and a BA in Psychology. She has presented at various higher education conferences across North America and has designed and delivered an experiential curriculum for design thinking.

Julia is a co-author of a book entitled Design Thinking in Student Affairs: A Primer in collaboration with Lesley D’Souza and Gavin Henning. Julia also leads the Innovation Hub at the University of Toronto, where students are hired to learn design thinking and work on projects that support creating better campus experiences for their peers.

Julia is also a TEDx speaker who inspired audiences with her talk entitled Design Yourself to Change the World.

Outside of her work, Julia is a single mom to 8-year-old twins with many learning differences and a non-traditional learner herself. She is passionate about equity and social justice for marginalized groups, and an advocate for accessibility and inclusive, human-centered design in education.

2021 Virtual Student Leadership Conference

October 20-21, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day


With keynote speaker Larry Long Jr.

Larry Long baseball pic

Larry Long Jr is the Founder of LLJR Enterprises, which focuses on providing motivation, inspiration, and leadership training. As a former Division 1 collegiate student-athlete (baseball), Larry brings a unique perspective to the table and understands many of the challenges faced by today’s college students. Larry is on a mission to inspire and have a positive impact on as many students as possible. He will leave you fired up and ready to conquer the opportunities ahead!

Registration, promo and more details can be found on this website under the selection titled Virtual Student Leadership Conference 2021!

Virtual Spring Retreat – May 26-27, 2021


Deadline to register has been extended to MAY 6th. 

** Registration for the ICCSAA Spring Retreat is $50 per person and can be paid by check or credit card via Paypal. ICCSAA Treasurer will send an invoice once your registration has been received, to be paid upon receipt if payment has not already been sent. Credit card payments can be made at **

Here is our Tentative Schedule, so you know what to expect!

May 26-9:00 am – 12:00 pm

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and Executive Team Introductions and Overview of the 2 day Spring Retreat

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Key Note Speaker: Dr. Rachel Storm and speaker Q & A

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Debrief with Dr. Storm and continue conversation about social justice and what is happening on everyone’s campus and Assessment

May 27-9:00 am – 12:00 pm

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome Back and recap of day 1

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Idea share (Random Draw to share, others were sent through the registration form)

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Regional Roundtables

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Business Meeting

Dr. Storm’s Biography:

Dr. Rachel Lauren Storm has worked in education, advocacy, arts, and cultural work for over 15 years, focusing on broad issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural development. Prior to her role as the City of Urbana’s Arts and Culture Coordinator, she received her B.A. in International Studies and M.Ed. in Educational Policy, and Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, she worked full-time as the Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations in Student Affairs, focused on issues related to diversity and inclusion. Her work has included broad commitment to education and programs developed to address social inequity spanning race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexuality, ability, citizenship, religion, and culture. She worked collaboratively to launch the Racial Justice Ally Training, the Campus Ecofeminism Summit, and the annual Feminist Film Festival. She taught intergroup dialogue within the Department of Educational Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, while being actively involved in local nonprofit boards and community projects. She is an advocate for leadership as a practice that lives at the intersection of interpersonal and structural issues.

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Student Leader Exchange Series _Instagram

ICCSAA Presents: 2020 Student Leadership Conference

September 29-30, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Leading through Uncertainty: Using Authentic Leadership to Navigate Ambiguity

With keynote speaker James T Robilotta


Registration, flyer and more details can be found on this website under the selection titled Virtual Student Leadership Conference 2020!

Virtual Spring Retreat

May 20, 2020

Join us for this one day retreat to connect, to share best practices & ideas and to support each other during this pandemic as amazing student activities professionals we are.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

9-9:30 am            Introductions

9:30 am-12 pm   Idea Share (be prepared to share a success you have had this past year)

12-12:30 pm        Lunch and Kahoot!

12:30-2 pm          Regional/Topical Roundtables (more info to come about this)

2-3:30 pm            Business Meeting/E-Board Elections

Please register for the retreat HERE by Friday, May 8th. The Zoom link will be sent to those that register. The May 8th deadline will give us time to adjust the schedule, as needed, based on the number of registrants.

In addition, since we are unable to have the “Up Yours” Silent Auction, you can donate to the scholarship fund using our PayPal. You are not obligated to donate, but we wanted to provide the option if there is interest.

We hope everyone is doing well and look forward to “seeing” you May 20th!

Student Leader Exchange

September 28, 2019

Hosted by McHenry County College

Contact: Megan Scanlan – Coordinator of Student Activities

P: (815) 455-8772;

Here is a tentative agenda:

10:00-10:30 Breakfast and Icebreaker

10:30-11:30 Student Leader Panel

11:30-12:30 Idea Swap or Flop (each college will share one successful program they’ve seen on their campus and one not so successful program)

12:30-1:30 Lunch and Group activity….group picture

1:30-2:30 Breakout sessions led by advisors

2:30-3:00 Closing and evaluation

Learning Outcomes for Exchange:

  1. Students will gain contacts and network with other colleges and leave with contact information for at least 4 people they’ve interacted with
  2. Students will be able to identify successful programs and programs that could be improved that occurred at other colleges and be able to identify reasons for their successes and failures (lack of publicity, support, planning…)

Register by September 18th. Each college will contribute $100 towards the cost of food and printing.


Student Leadership Conference

October 18-19, 2019

Hosted by Joliet Junior College

Visit the Student Leadership Conference 2019 section of our page for more details.

Past Events:


  • Fall Conference
    • October 18-19, 2019: Servant Leadership – Joliet, IL
    • Hosted by: Joliet Junior College





  • Fall Conference
    • Nov. 6 – 7, 2015: Celebrating Diversity – Galesburg, IL
    • Hosted by: Carl Sandburg College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • May 25-26, 2016 – Starved Rock, IL
Lewis and clark


  • Fall Conference
    • Nov. 14 – 15, 2014: Trailblaze to Success – Godfrey, IL
    • Hosted by: Lewis & Clark Community College and Southwestern Illinois College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • May 27-28, 2015 – Starved Rock, IL


  • Fall Conference
    • Nov. 1 – 2, 2013: Putting the Pieces Together – Gurnee, IL
    • Hosted by: College of Lake County & McHenry Community College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • May 28 – 29, 2014 – Starved Rock, IL


  • Fall Conference
    • Nov. 2 – 3, 2012: Beyond the Norm(al) – Bloomington/Normal, IL
    • Hosted by: Heartland Community College & Parkland Community College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • May 29 & 30, 2013  – Starved Rock, IL


  • Fall Conference
    • Oct. 21 – 22, 2011: Leadership in Action – Carterville, IL
    • Hosted by: John A. Logan College & Southwestern Illinois College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • Jun. 6 – 7, 2012: Starved Rock, IL


  • Fall Conference
    • Nov. 12 – 13, 2010: Sustainability – Grand Bear Lodge, Starved Rock, IL
    • Hosted by: Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College, Joliet Junior College
  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • Jun. 1 – 2, 2011: Starved Rock, IL


  • ICCSAA Professional Conference
    • Jun. 2 – 3, 2010:  Starved Rock, IL