NASPA Region IV-West is one of the most diverse and expansive regions in all of NASPA. We pride ourselves in our multifaceted voices and welcoming culture. We focus primarily on our members leading the organization and the development of our members. Be a part of what makes IV-W special!
At the June regional advisory board meeting, Region IV-West approved the development of a Regional SERVE (Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) Academy, mirrored from the NASPA National SERVE Academy.
I know each of you joined this profession because of a passion to help people reach their full potential. While we do this tirelessly each and every day, we sometimes forget to give the care needed for ourselves.
We need VOLUNTEERS to make this conference the best one yet! We look forward to seeing you in Lincoln, NE, November 7-9, 2017 for the regional conference and need your help! Consider signing up to volunteer a few hours during the conference!
As I have been mulling over what to write about this month, I find myself coming back to recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The results of this survey provided a look into how American’s see higher education today. Overall, the results were optimistic showing 55% of Americans have a positive view on higher education. However, when breaking down that response through the lens of political affiliation or stance, the study found that 72% of Democrats think higher education has a positive impact on the nation, whereas 58% of Republican think higher education has a negative effect.
This year’s Regional Conference titled “Cultivating a New Crop” in Lincoln, Nebraska will feature a New Professionals Institute (NPI). NPI is an opportunity for student affairs professionals who have been in the field for 5 years or less to network, learn, and grow together. True to the conference theme, NPI is essential to strengthening and building pathways to continue and foster the future of the profession.
One of my favorite things about the month of August is the potential it brings for new opportunities. For many people on campus it is a time of transition and change- new students on campus, easing our way into a new job, or even becoming students ourselves again. With this transition and change comes the discomfort of the unknown.