Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, the community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.
The Community Colleges Symposium Series was designed specifically to address the needs of professionals and para-professionals working in community and two-year colleges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series will ensure continued quality services to the community college and its stakeholders.
NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student affairs professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The programming, focused on skill building and delivered by content experts, will cover the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery to ensure attendees are able to meet the needs of their diverse student populations.
Student Services Professionals at the Nexus of Leading Equity and Success in the California Community Colleges
The theme of the symposium at Mt. San Antonio College is the role and responsibility of student services professionals in establishing and addressing equity and success strategies in community colleges. Recognized leaders in the field of higher education, specializing on community colleges, will address pertinent topics of interest and concern related to student development, diversity, inclusion, and social justice
contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;
apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice;
develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;
explore unique and innovative ways in which individuals can advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
connect the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners and NASPA’s Focus Areas to the professional development of community college student affairs administrators;and
utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.
Special thanks to the experts that volunteered their time and energy to developing the curriclum, identifying facilitators, and creating a valuable opportunity for community college student affairs practitioners.