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Professional Development Opportunities

Issues of equity, inclusion, justice, and civic engagement are integrated across NASPA's professional development offerings. In addition, we also provide dedicated spaces for deeper exploration of these issues, as well as for community-building and professional pathway development. 

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program

This semi-structured mentoring program for students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised groups diversifies and broadens the pipeline of the student affairs profession. Students accepted into the program as known as Fellows and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events.

NASPA Multicultural Institute

The NASPA Multicultural Institute, which takes place every two years, brings together student affairs practitioners to share successful practices that establish and strengthen pathways for success for minoritized groups, enhance the innovative praxis of research, theory, and practice, and foster effective civic and democratic engagement for justice. 

NASPA Professional Pathways Programs

In collaboration with NASPA constituent groups and volunteer leaders, the Association offers cohort-based institutes designed for emerging and mid-level leaders who aspire to senior student affairs roles.  

Center for Women

The NASPA Center for Scholarship, Research, and Professional Development for Women examines issues of concern to women in education and matters of public policy; it designs and implements relevant programs, services, advocacy and mentoring opportunities for women professionals and students. The Center encourages, in particular, research by women, for women, and about women in student affairs and about women students.

Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

The Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division works to raise the visibility of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within the Association and the student affairs profession. The Division includes representatives from each of NASPA’s identity-based knowledge communities and other constituent groups. Together, these representatives work closely with NASPA staff to provide timely, comprehensive expertise to members on social justice and equity issues occurring at the national, state and local levels.

The Division is also the convenver of NASPActs, a committee designed to provide outlets for social action and civic engagement opportunities.

NASPA LEAD Initiative

NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (LEAD Initiative) comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.

The LEAD Initiative offers unique professional development opportunities, targeted resources, networking, and recognition for its LEAD Institutions. To learn more about the program and how your institution can get involved, click here.

Voter Friendly Campus

The Voter Friendly Campus designation program was started through the partnership of Campus Vote Project and NASPA in 2016. The goal of the program is to help institutions develop plans to coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement.

The Voter Friendly Campus designation helps administrators develop a strategy to engage students and set clear goals so a path can be created in advance of upcoming elections. These activities can be institutionalized for years to come, keeping students engaged as they enter, and move through their time at school.

After colleges and universities execute their plan to help students register and vote campuses will be evaluated and designated as an official Voter Friendly Campus.

CAMPUS VOTE PROJECT and NASPA are proud to offer this opportunity to institutions interested in engaging students, faculty, administration, and community partners in the democratic process.  This program is endorsed by American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles.

Visit the Voter Friendly Campus Site for more information.