It’s the most wonderful time of the year; school is out for the summer, and NUFP applications are open! Yes, I know many of us (myself included) do not truly get a summer break, but I still appreciate the warmer weather and lull in activity that allows me to recharge my batteries and prepare for the upcoming school year.
Summer also brings our students the opportunity to apply for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP). As a NUFP Fellow at the University of Arkansas, I had incredible opportunities to learn more about the field of student affairs, attend regional and national conferences, and network with peers and professionals on campus and across the country. Although there was a significant gap between my time as a Fellow and my first full-time position in higher education, the knowledge, skills, and network (especially the Region IV-W family) that I built during that time came flooding back when I needed them, for which I am eternally grateful.
Another significant piece of my NUFP experience was attending the Summer (now Dungy) Leadership Institute at Seattle University. That week had a profound impact on me, from the connections I made to the reflection I was encouraged to do. While this year’s DLI is virtual, one thing that remains constant is the opportunity to create community with fellow cohort members and the faculty team. If you are a current NUFP Fellow who wants to continue building your network while engaging in deep reflection about your identities and learning more about the field, I encourage you to apply for DLI 2021 by June 15th.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, programs like NUFP have found ways to connect students to the field and each other. If you or a student you know would benefit from this opportunity, fill out or send them the NUFP application form by June 30th! If you have any questions about NUFP or DLI, feel free to reach out to your friendly neighborhood NUFP Coordinator.