News from our Regional Director

Shana Meyer, Regional Director

August 4, 2019

Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind….

But your national and regional boards have continued their work through the summer months! Below are a few exciting updates:

The NASPA Board of Directors met for their summer Board meeting in Austin, Texas, the site of our March 2020 annual conference. Austin is welcoming and “weird,” and our conference site is in the heart of it all!

Transitional Membership-The NASPA Board of Directors approved undergraduate and graduate student access to the transitional membership outlined in the NASPA Bylaws. The policies and benefits will remain the same as those outlined for professionals in the bylaws. The membership opportunity will be posted once there are operational procedures in place.

Certification for Student Affairs Educators program-NASPA conducted both a quantitative and qualitative set of studies from January to July of 2019 regarding the development of a Student Affairs Certification program. Data was shared at the NASPA Board Meeting that indicated there is support for the potential of a certification program. In order to determine if a certification process is possible, the Board approved the use of Association dollars to fund preliminary steps to begin the job analysis and content development phase to understand the breadth and scope of the project. Kruger and Gordon will join constituent group advisory board meetings over the next few months to present information about the potential Certification for Student Affairs Educators program.

2020 NASPA Annual Conference –The call for programs is out, with submissions due September 3. Get yours in—we’d love to learn from you in Austin!!

2021 NASPA Annual Conference – Kansas City –We are thrilled the 2021 conference will be in Region IV-W! Keep your eyes open for conference sub-committee volunteer opportunities, which will be posted in Volunteer Central.

What’s happening in Region IV-W:

Kudos to Michael Harris (Career Development Specialist, Tulsa Community College), African American Knowledge Community Chair for hosting our most recent Critical Conversations zoom session entitled, “Higher Ed Journey: Perspectives from PWI-African American Executive Leaders.” Eunice Tarver, Provost and Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at Tulsa Community College and Dr. Teresa Clounch Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Student Life at Fort Hays State University served as panelists in an informative, engaging, and inspiring session. Thank you all for your leadership! 

2019 Fall Region IV-W Conference-Have you registered yet? We will be “Forward Thinking, Forward Leading” in Fargo, North Dakota, October 28-30. Having just concluded the yearlong celebration of NASPA’s 100th Anniversary, we will now look to the future and consider what the next 5-10 or even 100 years might look like for higher education, student affairs, and student life. Mark your calendars & find out more online!

Enjoy the last few breaths of summertime…unwind….prepare…..and get excited for Fall of 2019—it’s going to be the best one yet!

Shana Meyer

NASPA IV-W Regional Director

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