The Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community is an important resource for connecting with other women in the profession and with NASPA. Looking to discuss current issues and concerns? Need some resources and tools to address an issue or enhance your skills? Want to contribute to cutting-edge research on women in higher education? WISA offers these opportunities and more to connect and get involved through our blog, social media sites, research and regional activities. We invite you to join our community!
To be honest, I was hesitant about employment at a community college. At the time, I did not feel my skill-set was one that could be best utilized in this setting as I had never worked with non-traditional student populations. For instance, my interactions with veteran students were limited. I encountered older students who were attending college part-time due to their role as caregivers to their parents or raising children. Further, I definitely had not served many students who are working full-time jobs at 40 hours (or plus) a week. Nevertheless, I felt I was up for this new experience! I applied for two positions at Ivy Tech Indianapolis. In hindsight, I thank my mentor for her encouragement to try something new professional, as working within the community college system has been and continues to be very rewarding.
The Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community is excited to share with you the new logo! Approved in February 2018, this new logo adequately reflects the mission, vision and values of the community, through various representational meanings.
Are you passionate about women’s issues? Do you have a voice that you think can translate well into written word? Write for the WISA Blog!
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 Heather Brake, the Blog Co-Chair. Heather works full time as the Assistant Director for Residence Education within the Department of Residence Life at Arkansas State University.
The program highlights included sessions on developing executive presence, strategies for effective negotiation, and how to navigate organizational politics. However, the institute also promoted relationship building and self-care as two of its top priorities - two things that are usually missing at large, national conferences.
Words of wisdom for the job search experience.