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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.
Dr. Jennifer Miles, Ed.D., explores the importance of mentorship in student affairs
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.
We invite you to explore the three links below as the MRKC is highlighting the experiences of transracial adoptees for the month of May!
The very fact that this Convergence is happening prompts an important question: why couldn’t these heroes be student affairs professionals? Why couldn’t their example be the inauguration of new legacies for others to walk in? I am reminded of Swami Vivekananda’s opening and closing remarks at the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893. Little did he know that his words would still be reverberating over a century later. In one of his final statements, he expressed gratitude that the Parliament “proved to the world that holiness, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character” (Vivekananda, 1893). This Convergence could drive a similar stake in the ground for student affairs; a declaration that giving credence to religious, spiritual, and secular identities can serve to enhance our profession, not threaten it.
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.