Careers in Student Affairs Month

Supporting the Profession

Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) is a month-long initiative, each October. CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field. More directly, the goals of Careers in Student Affairs Month are to:

  • Celebrate the field of student affairs through opportunities to reflect on individual journeys and experiences
  • Provide professional development for student affairs administrators in higher education
  • Encourage and promote the profession in order to grow the field of student affairs
  • Cultivate spaces for dialogue related to pertinent topics within student affairs


2021 Themes

This year, the theme for #CSAM21 is Transitions and Transformations. As campuses reopen, how are our campuses communities adjusting to a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic? How have the transitions throughout the pandemic affected student life, engagement, and the field? What has changed about the way we respond to student needs? Faculty and staff should be considering now more than ever, the impact that COVID-19 has had upon marginalized communities, the disparities in access to care and how this has impacted students and their development. The student affairs community must not only recognize the transition we are experiencing, but acknowledge how we have all been impacted by the pandemic. As we transition back to campus life, campuses must develop and encourage practices of care to create and maintain balance in a post-pandemic community. As the field continues to shift and evolve in a post-pandemic world, how are students, faculty, and staff being supported amid concerns of burnout and anxiety?

Free Webcasts 2021

During Careers in Student Affairs Month, NASPA and NASPA Constituent Groups sponsor educational sessions for students and professionals of all levels. Unless noted otherwise, 2021 NASPA Careers in Student Affairs Month webinars are free for members and non-members. 

Date & Time Title Description Presenters
Friday, October 1, 12:30 - 1:30 PM ET Alternative Career Pathways in and Around Higher Education

Join the New Professionals and Graduate Students Steering Committee to learn more about alternative ways to market your HESA degree and/or job experience!

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Wednesday, October 13, 12 - 1 PM ET Career Development for HBCU Student Affairs Professionals

Throughout fall 2021, Region III is hosting HBCU-focused webinars. Join us for this special CSAM offering.

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(free for members; $39 for non-members). 
Monday, October 18, 3 - 4 PM ET Getting Involved in NASPA as an Emerging Professional

Join NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Dungy Leadership Institute faculty Cory Davis and Antonio Duran for this lively session about getting involved in NASPA as an emerging professional. 

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Cory Davis, Champlain College, Director of Community Standards and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Antonio Duran, Florida International University, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies
Wednesday, October 20, 7 -8 PM ET NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Meet Up

Calling all NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program mentees, mentors, alum and friends. Join to network, ask questions and receive updates about the NUFP program.

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Amber Hurt Region II NUFP Coordinator & Director of Student Engagement and Community Programs at Notre Dame of Maryland University
Thursday, October 21, 2-3 PM ET Back in the Dayz: What I Wish I Knew as a New Professional

Join the NPGS SC in partnership with the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) for an engaging and reflective conversation among Black student affairs professionals who are several years removed from the new professional status. Panelists will reflect on their socialization or path into the field (the good and the bad) and discuss what they have learned, what they wish they knew, and what they would like to pass on to current and future new professionals, and graduate students.

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  • Dr. Jesse Ford, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, UNC Greensboro

  • Nequel Burwell, Director of Residence Life, University of Oklahoma

  • Leota Wilson, Assistant Director of Residential Education, UC Davis

  • Percy A. Jackson, Director of the Clarence L. Barney, Jr. African American Cultural Center & African American Affairs, Louisiana State University

Thursday, October 21, 3:30-5:00 PM ET NUFP Chatty Hour

Join us Thursday, October 21 for our next Chatty Hour where recent NUFP alumni and NUFP Advisory Board members will share insights into the field of Student Affairs, their personal experiences, and lessons learned through their journey. We invite both NUFP Fellows and Mentors to attend this exciting opportunity to explore, learn, and share about working in Student Affairs.

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Tuesday, October 26, 7 - 8 PM ET Job Search Series: "So you want a Job..." 

NASPA Region III encourages you to join our panelists for tips, tricks, and wisdom as you prepare to land a job after graduate school.

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(free for all)
Alexis Swider, NASPA Region III Graduate Student Representative, & Fredrick Evans Jr., NASPA SC Graduate & Undergraduate Student Liaison, along with an exceptional panel of practitioners in the field.
Wednesday, October 27, 12 - 1 PM ET Preparation for Student Affairs Professionals at HBCUs

Throughout fall 2021, Region III is hosting HBCU-focused webinars. Join us for this special CSAM offering.

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(free for members; $39 for non-members)
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 - 4:30 PM ET The Current State of Student Affairs

Join NASPA President Dr. Kevin Kruger and NASPA Board Chair Dr. Julie Payne Kirchmeier for a discussion on the current state of the student affairs field as well as the future of the field from the perspective of association leadership.

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(free for all)
Dr. Kevin Kruger & Dr. Julie Payne Kirchmeier
Thursday, October 28, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET   Lowkey Trippin: Imposter Syndrome Edition 

Imposter Syndrome shows up differently at different stages of our lives and it can make us insecure. The presenters will walk you through how they’ve overcome imposter syndrome while relating it back to the Emmy nominated show Insecure. 

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(free for all) 

Thursday, October 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

I’m Black and Tired: Avoiding Burnout and Racial Battle Fatigue 


As a BIPOC professional are you feeling like you’re being asked to do too much, too often, for way too little money? If so, this webinar is for you! This session is going to explore race in the workplace and how showing up and advocating for yourself and students can be challenging and a constant uphill battle when our workplaces are plagued with inequities and out counter colleagues don’t understand the disadvantage that puts us in. This session will briefly explore the work of Ijeoma Olup and Mary Francis Winters while drawing from the personal experience and navigation strategies of BIPOC professionals.

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(free for all)



2021 Special Book Discount

NASPA is offering a 20% discount on publications Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs and Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education. Use code CSAM21 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EST to take advantage of this offer. Please note that this excludes shipping costs and cannot be combined with other offers.