September 7, 2017
Dear NUFP Fellows,
On behalf of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program and NASPA Region V, congratulations on being accepted into a life changing program that will prepare you for student affairs!
My name is Danielle Kleist and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the Region V NUFP Coordinator! I am currently the Director of Student Life at Washington State University Tri-Cities and also work as an educational consultant for Proof Leadership Group. Prior to going WSU Tri-Cities, I was the Director of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement at the University of Miami in Florida. I have also worked for NASPA in Washington, DC, as the Assistant Director for Educational Programs & NASPA Foundation. I earned my Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University and my Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My career focus has been on student development through leadership and trainings.
NASPA has become my home since my first experience in 2008. The colleagues I have been able to connect with have become my chosen family and I find support professionally and personally on a regular basis through this amazing association. Conferences feel like family reunions and volunteer positions feel like opportunities to connect and work with family members. Being involved in NASPA has allowed me to truly embrace my identity as a female, Korean American, adoptee. I look forward and cherish each moment I have to grow and learn from my colleagues and NUFP mentees. I am so excited for each fellow to learn more about themselves through their journey in this program. You each are already ahead of the student affairs game by being accepted and participating in this program.
As the NUFP Region V Coordinator and proud NUFP mentor, I am here to serve as a resource to you and your mentor. I encourage you all to take advantage of the numerous opportunities the program has to offer as well as opportunities to learn, grow, and narrow down which student affairs path you are going to create. If there is anything you ever need, questions or resources, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. I cannot wait to get to know each of you as you go through this journey. I can be contacted at [email protected] or at (509) 372-7104.
Once again, congratulations and welcome to the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program! I look forward to connecting with each of you.
Danielle S. Kleist, M.Ed.
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program | Region V Coordinator
Director of Student Life
Washington State University Tri-Cities
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