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The Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice exists as a centralized resource and advocate to address the needs and concerns of graduate students and new professionals in the American College Personnel Association, thus working to advance the field of student affairs in higher education. Membership in GSNPCoP is open to all interested parties, however, our focus is primarily for those individuals who self-identify as a graduate student in a master's or doctoral graduate program, and those professionals who have worked in the field of student affairs from one to five years.


  • To advocate for issues concerning graduate students and new professionals within ACPA and the field of student affairs.
  • To provide forums for lively and honest discussion and strategy related to current issues affecting graduate students and new professionals in higher education.
  • To provide orientation, educational and social programs at the annual convention designed to assist graduate students and new professionals with their entry into ACPA.
  • To provide year-long information and educational offerings designed to better inform our constituents about issues within ACPA and the field of student affairs that may impact them.
  • To encourage and support the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the professional and personal development of graduate students and new professionals.
  • To encourage and facilitate graduate students and new professionals involvement in leadership within the association and to foster overall professional development.
  • To act as a liaison to other coalitions, commissions, core councils, and task-forces within ACPA.
  • To promote, encourage, appreciate, and celebrate diverse opinions and perspectives, ethnicity, sexuality, and spirituality.

Apply to join the 2018-2019 GSNPCoP Directorate

Applications are now closed. Check back for more opportunities on involvement.

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For this upcoming academic year, we are looking for volunteers to review award nominations submitted for our monthly and Convention awards. You could volunteer for monthly, Convention, or both. For monthly awards, we'll send you an email 6 times next year to elicit votes, and once for Convention awards around November. Sign up now

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