STUA Staff Professional Development

In the Division of Student Affairs, there are a number of professional development opportunities offered for staff each year. These include regular monthly lunch-and-learns, sessions specific to key initiatives, larger sessions and workshops on current topics and the semi-annual Student Affairs ProD Day. Staff in the division can also access the HR Learning Calendar. Use the links in the section below to find out more and register for upcoming sessions.

Pro-D Opportunities

STUA staff professional development series

Student Affairs staff lunch-and-learns began in September 2012 as a way to introduce staff to the work of other units in the division. Over time the lunch-and-learns transitioned into professional development opportunities and information sessions about current issues, key initiatives and campus activities.

In 2017, based on the success of the first STUA Staff Pro-D Day, longer, more in-depth workshops were added a few times a year for larger groups of staff. Together with the semi-annual STUA Staff Pro-D Day and the lunch-and-learns, these learning opportunities are now collectively known as the STUA staff professional development series.

Current offerings in the STUA staff Pro-D series are announced in The STUA Voice staff newsletter, on the Student Affairs ListServe and in the staff events listings on the Student Affairs website. If you are a staff member in the division and are not receiving the STUA Voice, please contact to be added to the list. Sign up for the STUA ListServe is self-managed here.


Pro D Opportunity in CARSA

April 10, 2019


 This Pro D session will focus on Health, Wellness, Ergonomics and CARSA memberships and will consist of an hour of presentations followed by a class or tour.

Yoga – Take time to tune into your body and release the everyday hustle and bustle. With a strong focus on breath and gentle flow, you begin to come out of your mind and into your body. This class will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, replenished and ready for the days ahead. 

TRX – TRX Suspension Training is a new category of exercise for athletes and beginners of all abilities that leverages one's own bodyweight and gravity to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability simultaneously. No matter if you are a high-level athlete or a weekend warrior, suspension training will help improve your game and quality of life. This workout is designed for all fitness levels.

CARSA Tour - The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is the new home of the University of Victoria Vikes. Join us for a tour of this world-class facility which opened in May 2015 that includes a 2,100-seat performance gym, a huge multipurpose fieldhouse, a two-level fitness weight training area, a Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre, dance space, dedicated TRX, yoga and spin studios, squash, racquetball courts and so much more.

Staff can sign up to attend this Pro D opportunity and choose a class or tour they would like to particpate in via this link (register here).

Places for each class are secured on a first come, first serve basis. Once the maximum participant limit has been reached for the yoga and TRX classes, registration for these sessions will close.

STUA Staff Day

STUA Staff Day 2018

STUA Staff Day is a semi-annual professional development day for staff in the Division of Student Affairs. Held on Friday, June 1, the 2018 STUA Staff Day was an opportunity for staff across the division to participate in a morning of professional development sessions followed by the annual STUA staff BBQ and summer social. The 2018 Staff Day featured 17 professional development sessions specially chosen for relevance to STUA staff in three categories: 

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Health and Wellness 

STUA Staff Day in 2018 also included campus tours of First Peoples House, McPherson Library and Digital Commons, and CanAssist.

Thank you to everyone who made STUA Staff Day possible. See you at the next STUA Staff Day in 2020!

Key initiative resources

Student Affairs Performance and Development Program (PDC)

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

HR employee learning calendar

HR programs, courses and sessions are designed to support your personal and professional development. Courses are free for all permanent full-time and part-time staff but a FAST code is required at time of registration. 

Go to the Employee Learning Calendar