Message from the Director
Welcome to the Global Division. We are excited to create a virtual space where colleagues from around the world can explore and engage in global education and initiatives. Our hope is that the Division can connect and engage professionals in rich-filled dialogue about relevant higher education and student affairs and services resources globally. The Global Division is excited to provide resources with multiple insights and perspectives that support our current roles on our campuses and ultimately help provide a broader and deeper understanding of global issues.
The Global Division has the opportunity to encourage us to build together and strengthen the foundations for a new NASPA division, a division that encourages global leaders to develop global voices and share experiences and needs through a common and diverse vision for the future of our organization and profession.
About the Global Division
As a designated NASPA Division, the Global Division guides NASPA’s engagement and support for student affairs professionals around the world through collaboration, research, innovation, and professional development.
The Division fosters collaboration and increases communication across the Association, with similarly aligned organizations, external constituents, and global partners. More specifically, the Division keeps diverse global higher education issues, and professional development in the foreground of the Association, using the NASPA Strategic Plan as a guideline. This includes but is not limited to:
● Advising the NASPA Board of Directors on setting (charting) strategic direction. The Division will advise the NASPA Board of Directors on charting the strategic direction for international initiatives in NASPA. The Division will coordinate efforts among all global programs and services of the Association, and foster collaboration and increase communication across the organization, with sister associations, external constituents, and global partners.
● Cultivating and implementing opportunities for engagement, student support, membership, and professional development of Student Affairs and Student Services professionals around the world. The Division will create and implement programs and processes that engage and support NASPA members globally. The Division will lead research and innovation in global initiatives, creating and deploying resources for NASPA members, areas, and regions.
● Developing community and fostering a collaborative spirit among NASPA’s diverse regions. The Division will routinely engage in discourse on global issues, serve as a resource for global student affairs issues, and work collaboratively to best support and give voice to NASPA colleagues worldwide.
● Creating partnerships and strategic alliances. The Division will be proactive in creating partnerships with other associations and organizations worldwide to build strategic alliances and increase efforts to collaborate on global issues in higher education.
Professional Development Opportunities
"NASPA Global Hour: Campus Mental Health Across Canada: The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19"
Post-secondary education all over the world has faced tremendous challenges regarding the mental health of students, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
To better understand these challenges and opportunities, in the Spring of 2021, a representative survey of 69 post-secondary institutions across Canada provided an opportunity for student affairs leaders in mental health services to share their experiences. The survey focused on presenting student mental health concerns, the challenges and benefits of remote mental health service delivery, the impact on clinicians and student affairs staff, and insights to support planning for the ongoing realities. This survey was completed by the Campus Mental Health Community of Practice from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), with support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The in-depth survey findings will be available shortly in a report authored by the Campus Mental Health CoP, and specifically by Dr. Tayyab Rashid from the University of Toronto in Scarborough and Dr. Lina Di Genova from McGill University.
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