NASPA has many organizations and groups that tailor your NASPA experience to your location, professional level, and institution type.
Regions & Areas provide a local home for NASPA members, offering professional development, networking and events.
KC's provide access to information and resources in a particular subject area, connecting members and facilitating the sharing of knowledge.
Divisions and Groups provide programs, services and resources around a particular area of focus, professional level or institution type, helping set the direction for NASPA's efforts in these spaces.
Welcome to 2017. January is the month of resolutions, positivity, and overall excitement for all the things to come in the New Year. This January also marks the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. I'm fairly young so I haven't lived through a lot of presidencies, but 2016 and the election of Trump has brought a lot of visible discontent throughout the country. It's also brought social justice and inclusivity to the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Region V is looking for a few more Knowledge Community representatives! This opportunity is a great way to ease into NASPA involvement.
Vince Loffredo, Vice Chancellor of Student Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center, advocates that developing and applying in practice student affairs professional competencies is good for individuals, institutions, and the profession.
Meet one of our fabulous IV-W Graduate Students - Kimmy Brake
In student affairs, progress is often measured observationally and anecdotally. For instance, student affairs staff might say: “That student is really engaged” or “20 people attended our programming!” But what if student affairs work was observed more frequently through a scientific and quantitative lens? What if skills learned in academic classrooms were applied to work in student affairs, truly embracing the concept of an integrated educational experience inherent to the liberal arts? The purpose of this project was twofold: (1) to create and validate two scales, (2) administer the scales to student affairs student leaders and provide feedback to student affairs professional staff.
Throughout 2016, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, saw a robust, campus-wide voter engagement effort take shape. The GVSU Votes! campaign led by GVSU Student Senate, the Division of Student Services and the Division of Inclusion & Equity included a broad and coordinated voter registration campaign resulting in the registration of nearly 3,000 new voters. Other programs included Student Civic Assembly Week, a Rock the Vote! concert, Debate Watch parties and GVSU Voter Vans –which provided more than 800 students with transportation to the local polls. Ella Fritzemeier, Student Senate President says “It was inspiring to see the number of students who turned out to vote, many for their first time”.