The Invisible Force
The AVP role is sometimes a lonely one and can make a student affairs professionals feel a sense of invisibility. This blog explores the AVP experience through the literary works of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The blog concludes with encouraging AVPs to recharge over the summer as they prepare for the upcoming Fall semester.
Thank You For Being a Mentor
Dr. Jennifer Miles, Ed.D., explores the importance of mentorship in student affairs
Why Would Atheists Be So Excited About Convergence?
If you haven’t heard of the 2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence event yet, it is an upcoming, exciting, gathering designed for professionals and students working in higher education to discuss and share ideas on what it means to support religious and non-religious identities of the students they work with every day.
Why Convergence Matters: A Chaplain’s Perspective
In less than two months, NASPA will have completed hosting its first Convergence conference, inviting together Student Affairs professionals, those employed within the structures of institutions of higher education to do work related to religion and spirituality (for the sake of brevity, I’ll just call us chaplains), and those employed in structures outside of institutions of higher education that seek to meet the spiritual, religious, and secular needs of college and university students. While these three areas intersect in diverse ways on campuses across the country, creating space in which we can talk to one another across all three of these distinct disciplines at the national level is something that does not happen. Convergence comes, as has been well documented by Jake Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen in their scholarly work, at an evolutionary time for the role of religion in higher education. Let’s take a brief look at what those complexities might involve for these three interrelated professions.
Introduction of our New SAFER KC Chairs
Don’t Touch My Crown
Braids. My natural hair. Wigs. A sew-in. A head wrap. There are limitless ways I choose to style and wear my hair. Besides my clothing, my hair is one of the ways I enjoy expressing myself. My hair is a symbol of creativity and patience but also a symbol of love for myself.