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!
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.
When I first began my doctoral journey I was bright eyed and bushy tailed. It was a long dreamt goal that had finally come to fruition and I couldn’t want to begin and finish. I am currently in the midst of preparing to defend my proposal but wanted to reflect on my experiences throughout this process.
Recently I went through a job search process that had me really evaluate all of who I am and what I bring to any given space. I’ve been quite aware of some of the identities that I hold for some time: how my accent and mannerisms show I am a New Yorker; how my excitement for pernil con arroz con gandules (roast pork and rice with pigeon peas) at family dinner and strong dialect of Spanglish illustrates my Puerto Rican pride; and how my passion for women’s empowerment and interpersonal violence is derived from my experience as a survivor during college.
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.
I never envisioned the possibility of being a full-time employee while working towards a Ph.D., but after almost a year and a half into this journey, I’ve found simultaneously being a new professional and graduate student to be completely possible!
One of the most important things to learn, and often most complex steps, is learning about your new supervisor. As a recent graduate, you bring your own work ethic, professional style, and preferred supervisor-supervisee relationship into your new role. In comparison, your new supervisor has all of those same thoughts and feelings as you come to be their new supervisee.