Learning | Connecting | Mentoring
A Unique Opportunity
CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program is sponsored in part by:
2020 Notification: By April 17, 2020
The application period for 2020-21 has closed. Applications for the 2021-22 program year will be accepted in February 2021.
This 12-month immersive experience connects a small, select group of early-career higher ed HR professionals with CUPA-HR, key association leaders and multiple learning opportunities.
The opportunities for program participants within the profession and association spread like wildfire!
"Overall, I feel as though being part of this group has unlocked something in me that motivates me to achieve something great to help the people I serve every day, empowers me to believe that it is possible, and connects me with those who can offer helpful advice and wisdom so that I can make it reality." — David Elliott, 2016-17 Wildfire Program Participant
Components of the Program
Association Leadership Program – Each Year in July
This annual gathering of nearly 200 CUPA-HR chapter, regional and national leaders offers Wildfire participants an orientation to the program and the association, as well as the opportunity to connect with other higher ed HR professionals from across the country.
CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo – Each Year in Late Summer/Early Fall
At the conference, Wildfire participants will have the opportunity to connect with one another and with many of the leaders they met at the Association Leadership Program, while also attending outstanding professional development sessions. Attendance at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference is made possible by HigherEdJobs.
Experiential Learning Opportunities – Flexible Timing
As part of the application process, applicants will identify key areas for development over the course of the year. With those areas in mind, the program will offer participants tailored learning experiences that could include shadowing a higher ed HR leader on his or her campus, participating in monthly phone or video conferences with CUPA-HR leaders and other higher ed HR subject matter experts, or taking applicable CUPA-HR e-learning courses.
Wildfire Project – Ongoing
Each participant is required to develop a learning deliverable that reflects his or her growth in one of the areas identified for development. This deliverable will be created in a form that makes sense for the topic, such as an article, CUPA-HR conference presentation, webinar or e-learning content, etc. and can be done with the assistance of a mentor, a CUPA-HR leader or staff member, in collaboration with a colleague or individually.