SCUP Symposium: Aurora, IL | June 8 2023

A Chicagoland Perspective: Design Drivers for Expanding Student Engagement

June 8, 2023
Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL | 10:30 AM–3:00 PM
Attendees will meet at Aurora University for a one hour campus tour. After, attendees will make their way to Wauboneese Community College for lunch and the panel presentation. See the hotel and transportation page for parking information on both campuses.


Come visit Chicago’s western suburbs to learn about the higher education drivers that are improving inclusivity of student life spaces and expanding learning environments for Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers at College of Lake County and Waubonsee Community College. We’ll tour a new mission-built residence facility at Aurora University for autistic students and upperclassman and then continue the conversation in downtown Aurora where we’ll explore campus projects from College of Lake County and Waubonsee Community College. As an additional learning opportunity, we also invite you to attend an exhibit viewing of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 2050.

If interested, please join us after the event in Downtown Aurora for some networking.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss how the new residential learning environment of Aurora Tower can improve engagement for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  2. Identify design drivers for the new Aurora Tower residential building typology.
  3. Outline the safety, security, and planning issues involved in designing and building CTE facilities.
  4. Describe the design drivers, financial metrics, and trends for CTE center projects.

AIA LU 3.5 Unit (SCUPC23M1)
AICP CM 3.5 Unit


Ali O’Brien
Vice President of Community & Workforce PartnershipsCollege of Lake County
Assistant Vice President for OperationsAurora University
Ne’Keisha Stepney
Executive Dean for Business, Technology and Workforce EducationWaubonsee Community College

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