Professional Standards: Careers in Student Affairs Month

Ali Moss, Graduate Student Representative for Region IV-W

September 30, 2018

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s already October? I know many of us had a very busy August and September, it’s only right that we take some time to slow down this October to celebrate our profession. October is Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM), where we take time to celebrate the career of student affairs, provide education and awareness in the profession, and engage with professional associations and peers in the field. Last year during my first year of graduate school, I had the opportunity to participate in Careers in Student Affairs Month by watching webinars, reading blogs, and participating in the photo challenge. It was during this month that I became even more excited about becoming a professional in this field, and ultimately decided to get involved in NASPA as the Graduate Student Representative for IV-W.

Are you undergraduate student considering the field of student affairs? Are you a graduate student just beginning to work in the field? Are you a full-time professional in the field excited to continue learning about what other professionals are doing on their campuses? Careers in Student Affairs Month is for you! This year NASPA has an awesome lineup of ways for you to get involved from October 1st - 31st. This year's CSAM theme is “Magnify Your Lens”, which aims to focus more on the impact the profession has on students, colleagues, and communities.

During #CSAM2018 professional development opportunities include:

  • Free webcasts throughout the month on various topics in the field. The first two webcasts have already been published: A Student Life Response to Gun Violence presented by Dr. Katya Armistead on October 3rd from 3-4 PM and The Current State of Student Affairs presented by Kevin Kruger & Dr. Penny Rue on October 10th from 12-1 PM.
  • A blog series via the Student Affairs Collective (SAC) written by student affairs professionals from all levels
  • Weekly #SAChat on Twitter every Thursday with professionals in various areas of student affairs
  • A photo challenge with unique daily prompts to celebrate the student affairs profession and your own journey in the field. To participate follow @naspapics and follow the prompt of the day. When posting, tag @naspapics and hashtag #CSAM18 and #CSAMphotochallenge
  • 20% off the book Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education by using the code CSAM18 the entire month of October

Do you want to get free registration for TPE by participating in Careers in Student Affairs Month?

NASPA IV-West is asking you to share your story of how you discovered your passion for student affairs on Facebook or Twitter while using the hashtags #CSAM4W and #NASPA4W. Post by October 24 at 11:59 pm to be considered for 1 of 4 free registrations to The Placement Exchange (TPE) 2019 March 6 – 9 in Los Angeles, CA!

I hope you are as excited about the month as I am! I look forward to learning and growing beside you during CSAM and the IV-West Regional Conference later this month!

Learn more about Careers in Student Affairs Month, the daily photo challenge, and register for webinars here:

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