Message from the Area Director
As MENASA NASPA officially enters into its fifth year, I am excited to collaborate with area professionals to expand professional activities advancing knowledge and sharing of best practices. The MENASA Advisory Board has grown and is working to enhance connections for area professionals with NASPA and one another. Our Multaqa webinars, mentoring program and annual conference will continue to provide opportunities for networking and learning. Additional programs and communications will be launched advancing how professionals learn and connect within the MENASA Area. Explore these pages and become a member to take full advantage of the resources MENASA and NASPA can provide.
Established in 2015, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) area encompasses over 30 countries and a very diverse range of higher education institutions, languages and cultures. MENASA serves as the key entity to promote the NASPA mission “of leadership, scholarship, professional development, and advocacy for student affairs” in the region.
In addition to promoting the NASPA mission, MENASA facilitates the development of indigenous student affairs practice, research and professional advancement including the generation of regionally based models of student affairs aligned with regional cultural norms and understandings.
Through the MENASA area, NASPA is able to bring its full array of resources, connections, research and insights to the region, and afford both professionals and aspiring professionals the ability to connect. In addition to the above, by establishing the MENASA Area, NASPA seeks to:
• Create more opportunities for regional networking—both online and in-person;
• Provide US-based NASPA members with an enriched understanding of the shared practices of student affairs professionals in the MENASA region as well as the unique culturally specific issues that both practitioners and students face when coming to the United States;
• Establish a global network that affords US student affairs professionals the opportunity to experience, learn and engage in student affairs from a MENASA perspective; and
• Serve as a key resource for understanding and research as it relates to students from the region.
VISION & MISSION
Leading and advancing student affairs practices and research in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
As a designated NASPA Area, MENASA furthers the NASPA mission and strives to embody its values within a local context to our area membership. The mission of MENASA is to engage and connect student affairs professionals in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia to build a culture of support, collaboration, innovation, research, and professional development.
Adopted by the MENASA Advisory Board April 7, 2016.
The following countries belong to MENASA:
|Qatar||Saudi Arabia||Sri Lanka|
|United Arab Emirates||Yemen|
The MENASA Advisory Board oversees the NASPA operations in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia area. The Board is in the process of building membership from across this very diverse area and is composed of the following positions:
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The MENASA NASPA Advisory Board is seeking talented and dedicated professionals to serve as in country representatives for each of the countries represented in the Area. (see the Get Involved page for information and openings).
At the core of NASPA and the MENASA Area’s mission is to provide professional development for student affairs/student services professionals. The MENASA Area strives to provide such support through an annual area conference, online webinars, and other online and in person learning opportunities. Professional Development opportunities exist through a variety of mediums in the MENASA Area which are outlined on this page and related links. For all NASPA Events & Professional Development opportunities, in addition to the MENASA Area ones listed below, please see the NASPA Events & Professional Development page.
Please note that some opportunities may have a cost or have restricted access to NASPA MENASA Members only (*be marked accordingly).
1. MULTAQA NASPA (monthly webinars)
These are presented within three specialty categories and run approximately October thru May.
A. Professional Competencies: ACPA/NASPA professional competency webinars presented by experienced and qualified professionals on each of the various competencies and addressing applications within the MENASA region. Professional Competencies
B. Special Topics/Presentations: Topic or theme driven webinars presented by experienced and qualified professionals on a range of topics relevant to the profession and within the MENASA area.
C. Topical Information (Topical Tuesdays): Field or topic specific discussion forums (sports, counselling, health services, advising, activities, etc.) designed to connect professionals to identify issues being encountered and explore within the MENASA area (each to be guided by a forum facilitator).
Interested in facilitating a Multaqa Webinar? If so please download, complete and submit the following form found here.
Recordings and presentations of past Multaqa Webinars are available on the Resources page.
2. MENASA NASPA Certificate Program
Program under development during AY2019-20 – details to be added when available.
3. MENASA Mentorship Program
A need was identified for an e-based mentoring program in the area to support professional growth and in particular that of new professionals and those without any prior graduate education or related experience. The program was founded in September 2017 and is structured so participants can engage (Oct. to April) in a single year experience.
For details see the MENASA Mentorship Program page.
4. Annual MENASA Regional Conference
The annual regional conference has taken place since 2007 and typically is a two day conference, in addition to a one day pre-conference event, and usually takes place in the spring between February-April.
The conference has grown over the years and annually brings together over one-hundred professionals from across the MENASA region and further afield to engage in professional exchanges. The conference structure includes a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics, selected panels, and multiple opportunities for networking and engagement.
1. Current Conference:
- March 8-10, 2020 – to be hosted at the American University of Kuwait (Kuwait)
2. Past Conferences:
For information on Recent Conferences click on the corresponding link below:
- April 2019 – hosted by the American University of Kuwait (Kuwait)
- April 2018 – hosted by Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
- April 2017– hosted New York University Abu Dhabi, (UAE)
Recordings and presentations of past Multaqa Webinars, which started in 2016, are available on the Resources page. Additional resources may be added to this page to support professionals in our area when available.
Some content may have restricted access to NASPA MENASA Members only. As possible content is provided in English and Arabic.
6. Other Opportunities
These may include but are not limited to special events for Careers in Student Affairs Month(October), case study competitions, one-day Drive-In Events, and others.
For more information on professional development opportunities please contact the current MENASA NASPA Professional Development Coordinator. Contact details can be found on the Advisory Board page.
NASPA Areas and Regions are run and supported entirely by the continued hard work and contributions of our volunteers. The MENASA Area offers numerous volunteer leadership positions and opportunities for our members to become involved.
MENASA is currently seeking nominations for country representatives to serve on the MENASA Advisory Board. Through their service Country Representatives ensure that regional and country contexts are taken into account and represent the interests of student affairs professionals in their country.
How to Get Involved…
The MENASA NASPA Advisory Board is seeking talented and dedicated professionals to serve as in country representatives for each of the countries represented in the Area. Positions are typically for a two-year term.
If you are interested in a Board position, or can recommend an area professional who is willing to serve please contact the MENASA Area Director (see contact details on Advisory Board page).
Current or Anticipated* Openings
Please note All Board members must have and maintain membership in NASPA.
- Area Conference Chair-Elect 2021
- Country Representatives (Multiple)
- South Asia Representative
The Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) Area compiled the following list of resources; however, inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities.
العروض الويبينار (Webinar Presentations)
Multaqa NASPA - خلق خطط وفرص للتنمية المهنية (Creating Professional Development Plans & Opportunities)
|Amjad Abdo, Courtney Stryker and Tadd Kruse||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA دعونا نتحدث شؤون الطلاب: التاريخ، والدوافع، والمصطلحات- (Let's Talk Student Affairs: History, Motives, and Terminology)||Courtney Styker, Jamil Karam, and Tadd Kruse||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA خدمة العملاء في شؤون الطلبة (Customer Service in Student Affairs)||Tadd Kruse, Rama Sabano, and Bader Al Sayed Ahmed||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA إدارة المجتمعات الطلاب على وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية (Managing Student Communities on Social Media)||Bisher Al-Homsi||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA الأعلى المشكلات في شؤون الطلبة (Top Issues in Student Affairs)||NASPA Staff||Webinar|
Multaqa NASPA - Internationalization of Higher Education and Student Services
|Multaqa NASPA - International Student Advising Principles: the Foundation of Impactful Work||Lisa Mayorga, Sumaira Akber, and Nicole Adoranti||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA - Same-Same, but Different: Examining Critical Differences Between Tolerance, Diversity, Equity, Etc.||Alta Mauro||Webinar|
Benefits of Membership in Professional Organizations - How NASPA & MENASA NASPA Helps You!
|Tiki Ayiku, Courtney Stryker, and Tadd Kruse||PPT / PPT|
|Multaqa NASPA: Careers in Student Affairs||Courtney Stryker, Alla Jaber A F Al-Hajri, Amjad Abdo, Wadad El Housseini, Zeinab Said Abusoud||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA: Challenges Facing the Profession in the MENASA Area||Tadd Kruse, Karla Fraser, and George Marquis||Webinar|
|Multaqa NASPA: Student Disability Services (SDS) at The American University in Cairo||Alexandra Gazis, George Maquis||Webinar|
MENASA Mentorship Program
The MENASA NASPA mentor program has been developed upon the feedback of area professionals to provide a guided mentoring partnership for full-time professionals. Opportunities for mid-level professionals (4-8 years) may also exist as available. Participants will engage through online webinars, mentorship from a mid-level or senior level experienced Student Affairs professional, and a session at the Annual MENASA NASPA regional conference. The majority of mentoring will be via online or distance communication methods (video chat, social media, email, and/or telephone) to overcome issues presented by distance/remote locations, or a lack of accessible local professional peers.
Mentoring is a valuable component for professional growth as it partners less experienced individuals with a more experienced peer who is knowledgeable and interested in developing the skills, capability and confidence of emerging student services professionals. Further, the mentoring process can increase personal effectiveness, explore career development, skill attainment, gain field specific insights and guidance.
Mentors will have at least 5 years of experiences in student affairs and services and Mentees will be new to student affairs and services and have under 5 years of experience:
Specific goals for the MENASA NASPA Mentor Program are to:
- Provide participants with professional growth opportunities, within a regional perspective, that support field specific knowledge, career development, and the attainment of professional qualities.
- Partner mentees with mid or senior level student affairs/services professionals who have significant experience and demonstrated a professional commitment to the field of student affairs/services.
- Promote professional development through mentorship activities which promote personal goal setting, self-reflection, and gaining knowledge of the profession.
- Provide opportunities for new professionals to network within the region with peers.
Topics for exploration in the program may include transitioning, networking, career advancement, developing leadership attributes, accountability, skill attainment, navigating campus politics, supervising personnel, and others.
This program will enhance your understanding of issues in our global workplace and is a means for knowledge sharing and skill development by connecting emerging practitioners with established student affairs/services leaders across the MENASA Area.
To accomplish the above the program will operate based on the following:
- The program will operate from October through April, with applications for both Mentees and Mentors accepted October to Mid-November (see below for application details).
- Participants must be available to interact twice a month (minimum of once a month) for the specified period, and work towards a mutual agreeable time, frequency, and method for interactions. Interactions ideally would be once a month via video/audio exchange and once a month via e-mail or other written correspondence.
- Participants must identify goals for each pairing and a means for achieving each goal.
- Participants must maintain regular contact with their paired professional, and with the program administrators.
Applications for the program will be accepted from September 26 – October 27, 2019. Applications for both mentee and mentor roles are available below. Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants and requests, however there may be a limited number of spaces based on registration. If you have any questions, on being part of this please email the MENASA NASPA Professional Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.