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Centering the Diverse Experiences of Black Women Undergraduates
NASPA is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education focused on the experiences of Black undergraduate women, guest edited by Lori Patton-Davis, Natasha Croom, and Chayla Haynes. This issue of NJAWHE represent a growing conversation about the state of affairs for Black female students in higher education — a conversation that must continue to bring attention to and lift up this important and underserved population.
NASPA Membership Spotlight: Otterbein University
Tune in each month as we feature individual and institutional members. Our members will share their experiences in the field, their personal and professional accomplishments, and exciting initiatives that they have happening on their campus! This month’s Institutional Member Spotlight: Otterbein University and Robert M. Gatti, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Notes & Coffee: August 7-13
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: White nationalists rally at University of Virginia; 2-pronged strategy against 'Gainful' rule; All too familiar bias; 'Zero-Tolerance Mind-set'; College, universities plan for possible assault on affirmative action.
The Path to a Faculty Position
My guess is that most students who seek a degree in higher education or student affairs plan to make a career of serving students as practitioners. Many may ultimately hope to hold senior student affairs officer positions, which may serve as a catalyst for seeking a terminal degree. That was certainly my plan as a master’s degree student, and I imagine it was the path many of my peers planned to take. And some of them did. Colleagues with whom I graduated now serve as directors, vice presidents for student affairs, and one is a president of a community college. I, however, shifted gears and now serve as a faculty member.
Reflections on the Dungy Leadership Institute
Here I am a full month after the Dungy Leadership Institute (DLI) and reflecting on that experience still puts a smile on my face. When I returned home tons of people would ask “How was Washington?” and I would respond “Washington was great, but DLI, the conference, was amazing!” DLI was five days of enlightenment of oneself, higher education, professionalism, and about 25 other topics.