The Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN) is a new project started by the Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Coalition (NAIC), a network within ACPA, in fall 2017. ISAN's purpose is to create a professional home for folx who work in Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) offices in higher education. The offices ISA folx work in go by many names, such as Native American Student Affairs, American Indian Student Services, etc., and typically focus on the retention of Indigenous college students. Based on the research by some members of NAIC, we have found that there is a great need for creating a home base and means of connection for student affairs educators who work in this field. It is our goal to create this space within ACPA to ensure ISA educators can communicate, collaborate, provide personal and professional support, create research and resources, and work towards the professionalization of the field in the ways that they see fit.
ACPA and NAIC firmly believe that reaching out to student affairs educators who work in ISA to introduce and welcome them to ACPA, as well as invite them to create a professional home within the association, would be a major step in the ACPA Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD) effort. SIRJD describes ACPA’s renewed focus on reducing the oppression of communities of color and Native Americans and to provide leading research and scholarship; tools for personal, professional, and career development; and innovative praxis opportunities for members that will actively inform and reshape higher education.
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Chair – Indigenous Student Affairs Netwokr
University of University of Minnesota Twin Cities