Shana Warkentine Meyer, Regional Director
June 24, 2019
Your NASPA IV-W Advisory Board was hard at work for you in Fargo, North Dakota! The Region IV-W Conference Committee & Advisory Board met for strategic planning and information sharing June 12-14.
NASPA’s vision is “Fulfilling the promise of higher education.” Our mission states: “As the leading voice of student affairs, NASPA drives innovation and evidence-based, student-centered practice throughout higher education, nationally and globally.” The four strategic goals the Board focused on are: Advocacy for Student Success; Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice; Research & Scholarship; and Professional Development & Engagement.
Our board members are thoughtful, inspiring, and student-centered. Just a sampling of some of our philosophical discussions that served as a foundation to our strategic planning:
At the end of our discussions, each Board member created at least one goal to advance their position on the Board toward the strategic plan goals. These goals will be compiled, with a focus on common threads to develop our region’s strategic plan.
One of the biggest discussions of the Board meeting was the Board’s fiduciary responsibility in building a budget. Maintaining low conference rates and determining how to do so was a key discussion point, as well as the feasibility of conference scholarships. We also discussed the importance of historical budgetary expenditures and if they are necessary for the future. Rudy Trejo, our Corporate Sponsors liaison, led a discussion on how board members might assist in the search for corporate partners who may help us achieve regional budgetary goals through their financial donations and sponsorships.
Other items of note:
There is so much going on in Region IV-W, but we are always open to doing MORE! What could our region provide that would be helpful to you, your students, your campus? What thoughts or suggestions do you have on ways we can enhance our work on the strategic plan? What types of communication would you like to receive? I’d love to hear from you as we continue to develop our focus for the future. Our region IS our members!
Until next time,
NASPA IV-W Regional Director
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