The Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN) is a new project started by the Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network (NAIN), 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 NAIN, 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 NAIN 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.

ACPA Membership and 2018 ACPA Convention invitation to new NSSS educators.

In the effort to get ISAN started, the ACPA Governing Board has agreed to waive the fees for 1 year of new ACPA membership and conference registration to the 2018 ACPA Convention to all new ISA educators who are interested in joining ACPA and ISAN.  The convention will take place March 11-14, 2018 in Houston, TX.  There will be two meeting times set during the convention specifically for ISAN members to meet one another and start the business of creating the network.  We also hope that you will find many fascinating sessions and programs to attend throughout the convention.

If you are interested in joining ISAN, accepting the offer of one free year of ACPA membership, and accessing the free 2018 ACPA Convention registration, please fill out this ISAN application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cori Bazemore-James

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