Leadership Spotlight: Gillian Perry
Each month WISA will showcase individuals on the WISA Leadership Team to allow members to get to know the women in executive positions in both a personal and professional capacity.
This spotlight will focus on Gillian Perry, the Social Media Content Development Co-Chair. Gillian works full time as the Assistant Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs at UNC Wilmington.
Civics Unbound: Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for a Thriving Democracy
Higher education institutions across the United States are doing creative, painstaking, hopeful work to prepare students for lives of meaningful engagement in their communities and democracy. Typically the focus of these efforts is on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need to cast informed votes, deliberate about public issues, appreciate perspectives and experiences they may not share, and serve as responsible stewards and change-agents.
Advising from the Out-Group
Who belongs and who doesn’t? These two questions I have been asking myself in a variety of professional and personal contexts since my first year in graduate school. Most recently, while serving as the primary advisor of a recognized fraternity on campus.
Life After Harvey: Supporting a New Normal
During the storm, the days were filled with watching the news, responding to concerned family and friends, and watching the floodwaters rise to record levels. A famous quote from Fred Rogers tends to pop up during difficult times. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” True to this quote, before the rain had even stopped, the UH community sprang into action to help our fellow Cougars and Houstonians. The ride out team supported approximately 2,000 students who stayed on campus, ultimately helping some students evacuate one residence hall. The University’s communication team sent daily messages with updates, resources, and helpful information. The UH campus was closed for a full week.
Blue Pride Rising: A Campus-Wide Approach to Community Engagement
Our university prides itself on honoring our heritage by promoting excellence in all endeavors. Being a participant in the LEAD Initiative has strengthened bonds across campus and allowed for meaningful reflection and collaboration between institutional divisions. We conceptualize civic learning and democratic engagement not only in the traditional sense but also as civility, inclusion, social justice, and advocacy.
The Joys and Gifts Received through Mentoring
I recently returned from the NASPA IV-East conference in Detroit. Being in this space reminds me how important NASPA is to me for many reasons. The personal and professional relationships, as well as the power of mentoring, are central to the NASPA experience.