Title: Residential Learning Coordinator
College / University / Organization: Virginia Tech
Position for which you are applying: Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals, Chair
In the space below, please describe your involvement with ACPA, including any leadership positions you have held .
March 2012-December 2012 Website Coordinator, Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals -In the role, I worked with the SCGSNP Leadership Team to update the content and structure of the existing SCGSNP. By collaborating with the Chair and Vice Chairs to understand their priorities and how to provide the easiest access to information, we were able to identify strategies allowing us to create a more dynamic and user friendly interface. January 2013-Present Vice Chair for Operations, Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals -The Vice Chair for Operations is responsible for working with a team of coordinators to ensure the successful and timely completion of the SCGSNP newsletter, website upkeep, membership assessments, and the maintenance of all SCGSNP records. During my time in this role, I have worked to analyze how we approach these tasks and helped shift the focus of these endeavors towards creating a well-informed membership. I have also worked with the SCGSNP Chair to realign the roles of the on the Operations team to be more effectively distributed to ensure an engaging experience for coordinators. During my time, I have also been able to lead the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals Strategic Planning process. Through this process we were able to identify goals and priorities to help lead the current and future directorates towards meeting the diverse needs of the SCGSNP membership.
Please describe how you will work to advance ACPA’s Core Values if elected/appointed to this position.
Working to advance ACPA’s Core Values as the Chair for the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals (SCGSNP) begins with creating an engaging space for graduate students and new professionals. This occurs through: -Opportunities to engage colleagues on promising practices: -Continuous and diverse learning experiences, e.g. webinars and case study competitions -Chances to publish in the 8th Vector, SCGSNP’s quarterly newsletter -Creating an affirming and supportive space for reflection, dialogue, and community -Advocating for the needs of master’s students, doctoral students, and new professionals Through endeavors like these, we can create an environment where graduate students and new professionals are able to become involved in a community committed to providing continuous learning and development opportunities. By creating a space wherein graduate students and new professionals are able to come together to learn from senior scholars and practitioners in the field and exposing folks to opportunities they would not otherwise have access to, we are able to help create a network of individuals who are better informed on current issues along with practices to best support the education and development of students on campuses across the country.
After reviewing the qualifications of the position for which you are applying, please describe briefly below how you believe you meet each qualification.
Over the past two and a half years, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the variety of efforts SCGSNP is involved in providing for members and their campus communities. These efforts involve signature programs, like the Ambassadors and SCGSNP Faculty in Residence programs, along with educational efforts, the 8th vector and case study competitions, professional development opportunities, and networking events at Convention. Having the chance to work with the individuals leading these efforts has given me an understanding of how to support these crucial endeavors. Beyond having the chance to support these efforts as a member of the team, I have also worked to help create a vision and a plan for the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals through our recent strategic planning process. Through this process, we worked with the SCGSNP membership to identify strategic goals and priorities for the future of SCGSNP to ensure we are proactively meeting the needs of graduate students and new professionals while simultaneously seeking to help enrich their experience within the association. I believe my collective experiences from serving on the directorate for the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals has given me a breadth and depth of experiences that will allow me to effectively serve as Chair.
As a leader, how will you contribute to the work of the Association?
I will work to create an experience where graduate students and new professionals feel they are able to engage in professional development experiences along with opportunities for continued education and conversation on current topics. I will work to continually look to our membership for innovative ways to provide these experiences in conjunction with our traditional methods of interaction with members. My belief is that through these efforts SCGSNP is able to help create an experience that helps to continue developing some of the Association’s newest members to be leaders in the field and to deepen the positive impact all members are able to have on their campuses and within ACPA. I hope to continue the current efforts of SCGSNP by working to expand the collaborative nature of the work we are engaged in by partnering with other standing committees and commissions to help craft opportunities wherein we are able to collectively advocate, affirm, and advance our members and the Association’s efforts.
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?
I think my experiences have shown me that the key to championing equity, inclusion, and diversity comes from listening. I believe each of us brings a narrative and a truth that informs how we engage our work and the world around us. It is only when we are able to begin listening to the experiences of those around us that we are able to embark upon a conversation around creating a community that fully embraces all of its members. I believe we each have a profound responsibility to continually participate in dialogues around how our experiences differ from those around us so we can strive to constantly work toward removing the inequities and barriers that prevent individuals from being able to fully engage and participate. When we are able to involve a variety of perspectives and practices, we are then able to move toward a more deeply informed approach and craft more innovative solutions to champion opportunities that include all individuals within and outside the Association.