March 18, 2019
The AVP Spotlight series is an initiative of the NASPA AVP Steering Committee and is designed to highlight many of the outstanding contributions to the profession that are made by AVPs across the country.
This edition features DeMethra LaSha Bradley, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Macalester College.
AVP. DeMethra, please share with us your title, institution, years of service in your current role, and years of service as a student affairs professional.
DLB. I proudly serve as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have been in this role for three years and a student affairs professional for 19 years.
AVP. What are your areas of responsibility in your role?
DLB. The units within my portfolio are: Center for Health & Wellness, Disability Services, International Student Programs, and Residential Life. I lead three behavioral intervention/student support/crisis response teams, serve as the Chief of Staff for the division, and as a member of the college budget committee.
AVP. What do you enjoy doing most in your current role?
DLB. There are so many things I enjoy doing in my current role! It is hard to pick just one. I enjoy getting to know the names and/or faces of all the students I serve and making sure that the student-centered voice is brought into institutional decisions. I also enjoy cheering on the Macalester Scots at various athletic events.
AVP: How are you involved in NASPA?
DLB. Over the years, my NASPA involvement has included: presenter, program reviewer, participant, and SAPAA KC Promising Practices Chair. Currently, I serve NASPA as a SAPAA KC Research & Scholarship Co-Chair.
AVP. What is the best advice you would give to yourself as a new professional knowing what you know now?
DLB. Carve out time for professional reading.
AVP. What is something you are most proud of as an AVP?
DLB. When students I have yet to meet send me emails saying that their friends told them I would know how to help with their dilemma. It is those moments that help me stay the course as a servant leader.
AVP. What do you do outside of work to ensure that you’re fresh and energized for your campus job?
DLB. I enjoy time with friends and family (mostly through technology) and I schedule intentional downtime to do nothing. I also prioritize sleep, eating well, and exercise.
AVP. What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
DLB. Travel, when my schedule allows. Read, listen to podcasts, cheer on the WNBA Minnesota Lynx and play golf as much as I can in the summer.
AVP. How do you balance your personal life with your professional responsibilities?
DLB. Most recently I have shifted my thoughts to work-life alignment as conceptualized by Dr. Dawna Ballard at the University of Texas. By focusing on alignment, I am more aware of the personal things that are truly important to me and I schedule those things at intervals that I can actually sustain alongside my work responsibilities. I also focus on intentional recovery by doing what helps me to reset and rejuvenate. Click here if you are interested in the basics of work-life alignment.
AVP. What are you reading now?
DLB. Becoming by Michelle Obama; Work as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond; Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels.
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