Center for Women

Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Center for Women

The NASPA Center for Women examines issues relevant to women in higher education and hosts a variety of professional development opportunities. While encouraging research from all in student affairs, the Center also encourages, in particular, research by women, for women, and about women in student affairs and female students.

Message from the Chair

The NASPA Center for Women has a proud legacy, with roots in the National Association for Women in Education (NAWE), that focuses on the experience of women in higher education, including student affairs educators, students, administrators, faculty, and alumna. The Center’s Board of dedicated volunteers provide professional development opportunities, connections to current research, and advocacy within NASPA and higher education to advance the education for women. As NASPA celebrates the 100thanniversary, the Board commits to expanding our opportunities for women to contribute and lead within NASPA and within higher education.

-Jennifer Wegner, Board Chair

About

What the Center for Women Does:

  • Serves as an information, networking, and funding resource to support women in producing scholarship and research in the field
  • Offers a professional home in NASPA for women, including leaders in women's centers
  • Partners with other organizations who are looking at various issues affecting the education and advancement of women
  • Works with graduate faculty witnessing the feminization of the field of student affairs
  • Publishes an annual journal for scholarship and research on women
  • Provides mentoring possibilities for women through the Candid Conversations program
  • Collaborates with other organizations that focus on professional development for women

History

In 2001, then NASPA Executive Director, Gwen Dungy drafted a proposal to create a Center for Scholarship, Research, and Professional Development for Women to honor the legacy of the National Association of Women in Education (NAWE).

NAWE was founded in 1915 as a professional association for deans of women (NADW) and evolved into an association addressing issues in higher education focused on the interests of women educators and students. As professional opportunities for women in education expanded, organizations for women began to lose ground. Such was the case with NAWE. In 2000, the association disbanded, transferring some of its programs to NASPA.

The NASPA Center for Women proposed to advance NAWE's work by addressing educational issues relevant to women in higher education. The mission for the Center was to "examine issues of concern to women in education, matters of policy development, and the design and implementation of relevant programs and services for women students." The Center was also envisioned as a professional home for women who are leaders in women's centers.

NASPA President Shannon Ellis championed the Center for Women proposal, and under her presidency, it was approved by the NASPA Board for implementation in 2001.

Mission Statement

The NASPA Center for Scholarship, Research and Professional Development for Women examines issues of concern to women in education and matters of public policy; it designs and implements relevant programs, services, advocacy and mentoring opportunities for women professionals and students. The Center encourages, in particular, research by women, for women, and about women in student affairs and about women students.

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Professional Development

The Center for Women is consistently creating new programmatic opportunities to meet the needs of our community. In the past, we have hosted women focused online briefings, lunch and learn chat with the Journal for Gender and Sexuality, a yearlong mentoring program known as Candid Conversations 365 and the Candid Conversations program held at the NASPA Annual Conference. We encourage you to continually check back for exciting new offerings.

Candid Conversations at Annual Conference

Be sure to join us and participate in the Center for Women’s Candid Conversations program. We are currently recruiting mentors for this program. This is a mentoring program designed for women to participate in during the NASPA Annual Conference. Women volunteer to serve as mentors to provide guidance to younger professionals who sign up a mentees. Matches are made online and once paired, you set-up a time of your choosing to meet in person while at Annual Conference. Matches are encouraged to meet for an hour and there is no expectation for participation following the Annual Conference. 

Registration is open for mentors now and registration for mentees will open January 2020. 

Events

One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

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