Title: Associate Dean of Students

College / University / Organization: Florida State University

Position for which you are applying: Member-at-large Mid-Level

In the space below, please describe your involvement with ACPA, including any leadership positions you have held

I have been an ACPA member for 9 years. In that time I have served as the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals co-chair for the case study competition. I have also served as a directorate body member for the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. For the last 2 years I have been a member of ACPA's Equity and Inclusion Workgroup, having coordinated the Voices of Inclusion awards both years. I have attended 8 annual conventions, consistently serving as a program reviewer and convention volunteer. Additionally, I have been an ACPAgrow mentor for 3 cohorts, including the inaugural cohort.

Please describe how you will work to advance ACPA’s Core Values if elected/appointed to this position.

Mid-level professionals are in a unique position where they can both stay connected to students and facilitate their holistic development while providing strategic visioning to staff working in their departments. In this role I would continue promoting inclusivity and social justice in the association's work and on our individual campuses. I also would work to increase mid-level's professionals' connection, participation, and visibility within the association, highlighting the great professional development and learning opportunities available.

After reviewing the qualifications of the position for which you are applying, please describe briefly below how you believe you meet each qualification.

The mid-level professional has an important place in ACPA, as they are decision makers and vital connectors to students in their departments. Like many mid-level professionals on their home campuses across the country, I've served in numerous leadership roles in a variety of committees and commissions. I bring a range of experience in the association from different perspectives. I will use my knowledge in the Member-at-large position, keeping my connection to these various groups within ACPA so I may have the needed information to best serve the mid-level professionals in ACPA.

As a leader, how will you contribute to the work of the Association?

ACPA has been making great strides in incorporating mid-level professionals in the work of the association through the creation of the mid-level community of practice. I would continue to strengthen and support that relationship and that group to best represent the needs of mid-level professionals. I would also foster the mentoring and networking opportunities necessary in ACPA to foster the growth and professional development of mid-level professionals. I also want to highlight the issues most relevant to the work mid-level professionals are managing, such as future professional growth, next steps in career, staying energized in positions over time, balancing personal and professional priorities, and staying knowledgeable of relevant and recent scholarship in the field.

After reading the introductory statement about the ACPA Leader Selection Process, take a moment to reflect on your own experiences at the intersections of equity, inclusion and diversity. How will your experiences help you in our work to champion equity, inclusion and diversity within and outside the ACPA community?

Numerous experiences have shaped my personal and professional identity. I have benefitted from professional involvements such as the Social Justice Training Institute and ACPA's Equity and Inclusion Workgroup to increase my understanding of and work with social justice issues. I have intentionally woven equity and inclusion opportunities into my daily experiences, such as advising a Latin based fraternity or training student staff on social justice issues. I bring with me a passion and energy for inclusion and diversity in all I do. I see continuous examples of ACPA's dedication to equity and inclusion in the association, with our members, and on our campuses. I believe I can connect my enthusiasm and ACPA's commitment to equity and inclusion in the Member-at-large position, continuously encouraging the Governing Board and association members to keep social justice issues, perspectives, and viewpoints at the forefront of the work we do.