NASPA Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence (SERVE) Academy

The NASPA Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence (SERVE) Academy is an 18-month program for mid-to-senior level professionals who want to gain knowledge about, and strategies for, enhancing their NASPA leadership and volunteer experiences and fully experiencing their professional association. For the duration of the program, the selected participants, representing the diversity of the NASPA membership, will focus on executive development, mentorship, association management, and volunteer service. Their experience will also include a semi-structured mentoring relationship with a past NASPA Board member.

Potential topics for SERVE participants include:
  • Association Governance and Non-profit Management
  • Association Finance, Strategic Partnerships, and Fundraising
  • Member Services, Member Engagement, and Component Relations
  • Professional Competencies, Content Development, and Online Learning
  • Research and Policy Initiatives and Activities
  • A leadership assessment (e.g., DiSC/Emotional Intelligence/Leading from self, others)
  • Leading with and for your peers
The cohort who completes the NASPA SERVE Academy will be able to:
  • Gain deeper knowledge of association management and NASPA’s role in higher education
  • Expand network of colleagues to collaborate with in leadership and association experience
  • Explore ways to be involved more deeply in NASPA as a member
  • Define leadership for self and how to lead a set of peers
  • Identify individual plans for future volunteer leadership goals
Benefits of Participation
  • In-person orientation and overview at the NASPA Office in Washington, DC, with all expenses covered
  • Registration waived for the 2021 and 2022 NASPA Annual Conferences
  • Mentorship with a past NASPA Board of Director Member
  • Individual opportunities to network with key professionals in the field
  • Recognition in the field as a member of this select group
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the program, contact Monica Nixon, vice president for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

More Information
NASPA staff explore the importance of SERVE on the Blog.
Hear from past Board Chair Lori White about the program's launch.

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