Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

The Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development invites the submission of proposals for a research grant opportunity supporting innovative research projects that contribute to the body of knowledge about student affairs and/or higher education administration within an international context. One grant will be awarded, not to exceed $500. Applicants must currently be ACPA members, as well as members of the commission.

The award will be made for a one-year period, beginning September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.  The deadline for electronic proposal submissions is August 1, 2017

For more information on the resesarch grant, please go to

For members who use Amazon for their shopping needs, please know that the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ACPA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. 

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The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA); College Student Educators International (ACPA); the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Association of College & University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I); and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI); issue this statement in response to the recent fallout from the Rolling Stone article regarding the student and institutional responses to sexual assault at the University of Virginia.  These events illuminate the duty of all professionals on our campuses to ensure that accusations of sexual assault, including those involving members of fraternities and sororities, are handled in a manner that protects the rights and well-being of victims of sexual violence.

First and foremost, we share the concerns of many about the harm that could result from the Rolling Stone article to our nation’s fight to empower and encourage victims of sexual violence to come forward to disclose and report their experiences. Therefore, we wish to reconfirm our and our members’ commitment to do our part in preventing sexual violence by responding to student reports of violence in a manner that will assist the reporting student and encourage other students to report incidents of sexual harassment and violence when they occur. 

Second, we firmly believe that college and university administrators have a duty to protect their students and communities from sexual and other kinds of discriminatory violence, regardless of the status of a parallel criminal investigation.  Knowing that a very small percentage of reported sexual assaults ever result in criminal conviction, we find the notion that colleges should be forced to sit on their hands while their students’ rights to dignity, bodily integrity and equality are violated to be completely unconscionable.  College administrators have a responsibility to address sexual violence, and have been doing so for decades, separately from the criminal justice system, because such violent acts are not only criminal, but also create civil rights violations that the criminal justice system cannot address even in the rare instance where a case is prosecuted. 

We also have confidence that college administrators have the skills and commitment to constantly improve their investigations and resolutions of sexual misconduct. Well-trained campus investigators are fully capable of conducting high-quality, impartial, fair and unbiased investigations related to reports of sexual misconduct as outlined by the institution’s code of conduct and applicable federal and state laws. 

Finally, we support both students’ rights to freely associate and in rare cases, temporary, well-defined and purposeful suspensions of fraternity/sorority activities in response to widespread allegations of misbehavior, especially misbehavior that harms other students. Temporary suspension of the activities of student groups does not violate student association rights however, pausing the activities of student groups for a reasonable, defined period of time can be a useful mechanism in helping a reeling group evaluate and assess in a time of crisis, especially when that crisis may be related to the group’s activities, as may be the case with sexual violence, hazing, and binge drinking.

We call on the leadership of both our campus based professionals and our fraternities and sororities to work collaboratively with other campus partners, including administrators, to protect the rights of all students and work to improve the fraternity/sorority experience and the safety of our campus communities.

We are saddened by the passing of Robert D. Brown who was the 50th President of ACPA-College Student Educators International. Brown served as editor of the Journal of College Student Personnel (Development) for six years, from 1983 through 1988, and made many other contributions to the student affairs field. Brown was recognized for his overall contribution to the success of ACPA as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

A private committal will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Ann, Billy & Paulie Brown Scholarship Fund, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508.  Online condolences may be left at

The ACPA Elections Process is now closed. Thank you to all who participated in this year's elections process.

The ACPA Leader Nomination and Election process provides a defining moment in the development of our Association. It is an opportunity to ensure that people with the necessary competencies are leading ACPA and providing governance that will fulfill the objectives of the Association. It is also an opportunity for new leaders to contribute to long lasting sustainable goals and outcomes.

Our Association’s leaders should represent the increasing diversity of our membership as well as have a demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver on the strategic priorities of ACPA. Equity, diversity, and inclusion competencies are critical requirements of leadership in ACPA. Embedding and integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into the Association’s core activities is an ongoing opportunity.  As part of ACPA’s legacy, we have a renewed commitment to these competencies and their application. 

These competency elements must include knowledge, skills, and experiences engaging and partnering with individuals and groups from multiple and intersecting identities with the capacity to integrate diverse views and information into leadership decision-making. ACPA leaders work to champion the interests of students, faculty, and staff ensuring high standards of quality and consistent service, support, and growth for our membership.

Vice President

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Robert Bonfiglio Donna Lee


Director of Membership Development

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Paul Gordon Brown Amanda Knerr


Director of External Relations

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Jason Meriwether Thomas Segar


Member-at-large Faculty

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Ellen Broido Dawn Johnson


Member-at-large Mid-Level

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Alan Acosta Karol Yelena Martinez-Doane


Assembly Coordinator for Commissions

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Robert Coffey Amy Franklin-Craft


Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals, Chair

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Chad Mandala


Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness, Chair

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William (Bill) David Huff Bill McCoy


Coalition for Multicultural Affairs, Chair

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Shawna Patterson


Coalition for Women, Chair**

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Brandi Douglas

Mollie Monahan-Kreishman


Coalition on Disability, Chair

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Erika Heffernan


Coalition on Men & Masculinities, Chair**

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Vern Klobassa


** Beginning this year, these positions are moving to a three-year term. One year as elect and two years in the position. Pending By-Laws change approval.

Monday, November 17, 2014


CONTACT Cindi Love, Ed.D. ACPA—College Student Educators International One DuPont Circle NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036

PHA and ACPA—College Student Educators International Announce Healthier Campus Initiative at American Public Health Association Conference in New Orleans


Twelve ACPA member colleges and universities join cohort of 20 schools committed to delivering healthier options for students and faculty

NEW ORLEANS, LA—Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, announced its Healthier Campus Initiative. The first-of-its-kind effort encourages commitments with colleges and universities to make their campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. At the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition, PHA and ACPA—College Student Educators International announced that 20 nationwide campuses across 18 states have signed on to the effort, impacting more than 500,000 students and 126,000 faculty and staff.  ACPA is the strategic student affairs association liaison with PHA in disseminating information about the initiative. Twelve of the 20 colleges in the inaugural cohort are ACPA members. Peer association NIRSA was instrumental in development of the PHA guidelines for colleges and universities.  

“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, whether they are teachers, coaches, policymakers, CEOs, parents," said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students—we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthy food and physical activity choice environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”

The following schools were first to join PHA in a three-year commitment to make their campuses healthier. ACPA Institutional Members are noted by asterisk:

  • Arizona State University *
  • Binghamton University *
  • Central New Mexico Community College 
  • Clayton State University 
  • Florida State University 
  • George Mason University *
  • George Washington University *
  • Georgia Institute of Technology *
  • Hampshire College *
  • North Carolina State University *
  • Ohio State University *
  • Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee* 
  • Southern University and A&M College 
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • University of California, Los Angeles *
  • University of Miami *
  • University of New Hampshire *
  • University of North Dakota 
  • University of Oregon *
  • Washington University in St. Louis *   

Each college or university partner has committed to meet 23 guidelines—developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts—around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus. Because of the unique nature of each campus, universities and colleges choose 23 guidelines from a menu of nearly 40 recommendations, including identifying certain food and beverage options as healthier choices – impacting more than 25 million meals each year; promoting water consumption on campus; offering a bicycle share program for all students; providing certified personal trainers and registered dietitian nutritionists on campus; among others. 

To learn more about the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews options and promoting more opportunities for physical activity to help improve the health of students, faculty and staff.

Please read our initial agreement with the Partnership for a Healthier America.

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Black Hills State University invite community members to join the celebration of the inauguration of Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. Jackson is the tenth president of BHSU.

Dr. Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents said the inauguration of a new president is a special time for the University and its faculty, staff and students.

“Our board is pleased to join President Jackson and his family as they celebrate this occasion,” said Warner.  “Dr. Jackson’s history is one of cultivating strong relationships with campus and community partners at the institutions where he has worked; we see that already happening at BHSU and in the Spearfish community.”

Jackson began his tenure as president July 3.  Like many of the students who enroll at BHSU, Jackson is a first generation college graduate. He has created strong connections with new and prospective BHSU students and their families and re-energized recruitment strategies in the state, the nation, and the world. In his first four months as president, Jackson’s visionary approach, optimistic outlook and collaborative style has provided inspiration to faculty, staff, and students as well as community members and higher education colleagues in the state and nation.

Jackson’s early accomplishments include championing a new program that offers military members a significant tuition reduction at the University Center - Rapid City (UC-RC), encouraging continued innovation at the Sanford Lab and BHSU’s Underground Campus, and strengthening grant and fundraising initiatives. Jackson’s future initiatives include advancing academic quality, bolstering the BHSU honors and study abroad programs, and raising BHSU’s level of outreach and visibility in the surrounding region and throughout the nation.

In addition to the inauguration ceremony, two scholarship celebrations are planned – a breakfast in Rapid City and a dinner in Spearfish. The scholarship breakfast celebration is Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 a.m. at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City. The scholarship dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus.  Tickets are still available; RSVP for either scholarship event by calling 605-642-6262.

Funds contributed for these events will be directed to specific scholarships to support the following groups: students enrolled at the UC-RC, student veterans, the honors and study abroad programs, BHSU athletics, or other funds as requested by the donor. 

Student Senate President Chase Vogel, business administration major from Cheyenne, Wyo., said Jackson has demonstrated strong support of the student senate and all students by listening to student needs and taking action to benefit students.

Vogel says the inauguration celebrations bring together the local BHSU and Spearfish community along with alumni and dignitaries from across the United States.

“What an opportunity to refocus on everyone who has an invested interest in BHSU,” said Vogel.

City of Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke says BHSU is positioned and prepared to increase its value and impact to the city, region, nation, and world under Jackson’s leadership.

“As Dr. Jackson takes on the responsibility for leadership, direction and vision of the University, he also takes on a key leadership role within the City of Spearfish because of the integral role the faculty, students, and staff play within the community,” said Boke.

“I can’t think of a better leader to have within our midst to help lead the community and University forward into the future,” said Boke.

To learn more about Jackson and the inauguration celebrations, to RSVP, or to contribute to the scholarship funds, visit

The following is a reflection by Ted Carroll, ACPA's Team Lead for Career & Global TREKS, who attended the Second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services in Rome, Italy. 

Last month, I had the great fortune of representing ACPA at the Second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services in Rome, Italy. It was a terrific opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world, and Rome was a fantastic venue. The meeting was organized by the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), NASPA, and the European University College Association (EUCA). The first Global Summit was held two years ago in Washington, DC, and it was encouraging to see that participation had increased in Rome. The main themes of the conference were “Employability, Competences and Global Civic Engagement”. While discussing these issues with attendees from over 25 countries, two important takeaways for our profession became very apparent. 

First, the major challenges that we face in higher education in the United States, including access and affordability among others, are shared in higher education systems around the world. The financial crisis of 2007-2008 impacted developed and developing countries alike and higher education systems, regardless of historical and cultural contexts, have had to adjust. Just as American universities are under increasing pressure to boost the employment prospects of their graduates, so too are universities abroad.  A major focus of the meeting was on the need to provide students with soft skills (such as networking and public speaking) that help them in the job search and professional growth process. Global civic engagement is a key component of this, as intercultural understanding and communication are increasingly valued by employers across all academic fields. 

The second major takeaway from the conference is that the student affairs profession, more than ever before, is well placed to improve student employability and global civic engagement. In addition, the opportunity and responsibility to address these challenges lies not with only one or two subfields of student affairs. Rather, everyone has an important role to play. The work of every ACPA Standing Committee and Commission matters on a global scale. We tend to think of our day-to-day routines in student affairs as mainly being local, when in fact they have global dimensions as well. More of our students come from outside of the United States, and more of our students will have international work opportunities after they graduate in the future.

I look forward to working with ACPA’s members everywhere as we continue to position the student affairs profession to meet the challenges of our increasingly interconnected world.

Dr. Debora Liddell, Associate Professor and Department Executive Officer, at The University of Iowa has been named Editor of the Journal of College Student Development. Dr. Liddell will succeed Dr. John Braxton, Vanderbilt University, in July 2015.

Dr. Liddell has a long and successful record of scholarship and leadership in higher education. Her research interests include college students, moral and ethical reasoning, and professional identity in higher education. Dr. Liddell has been published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College Character, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice among others. 

Widely recognized as a distinguished scholar, Dr. Liddell has previously been recognized by ACPA as a Senior Scholar, Educational Foundation Diamond Honoree, and is the recipient of the Annuit Coeptis, Senior Professional Award. Dr. Liddell served on the ACPA Governing Board as Director of Research & Scholarship, Commission for Professional Preparation Chairperson, JCSD Editorial Board, and Contributing Editor of the Journal of College and Character. Dr. Liddell also served as President of the Iowa Student Personnel Association. As a mentor to aspiring scholars, Deb has directed the dissertations of several recipients of the Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award, the Hardee Dissertation of the Year, and finalists for the ASHE Dissertation of the Year.

 ACPA’s Director of Research and Scholarship, Dr. Tony Cawthorn, commented,

“JCSD is one of the premiere research and scholarship journals and it is exciting to know that with Deb’s leadership we will continue to provide our members with the highest quality research reflecting emerging issues in student affairs and higher education. Deb brings an extensive history of research and scholarship and editorial board service. Deb’s vision and leadership will ensure the Journal reflects the highest standards and will provide a Journal that moves our research agenda and profession forward.”   

ACPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Cindi Love, also commented, 

“JCSD is regarded as the leading peer-reviewed research journal in our field on the basis of the rigor of its contributors, originality, importance, multidisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility and impact on the lives of practitioners. Core to ACPA's mission is serving college student educators through prompt publication of significant research advances and providing a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning our discipline. Deb Liddell is an excellent leader and will ensure that the results of time-proven scholarship are disseminated to the larger community of higher education throughout the world, in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge and daily life for the scholar practitioner.”

The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) is one of the world’s leading journals on higher education. JCSD is included in numerous research databases including the Social Science Citation Index, where JCSD is one of only five U.S. and international higher education journals indexed.

As you are likely aware, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children.  At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus.  To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you. 

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.  Please help us to address parents’ questions and concerns and make them aware that these resources are available.

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:

Here are just a few ideas of how you can use and share these resources:

  • Most importantly, work with your schools to share CDC information with parents:
    • Print and send copies of the fact sheet and/or infographic home with children
    • Email parents links to information on the CDC web site
    • Post links to CDC information on schools’ social media accounts.
  • Link to the URLs provided in the list above on your parent-facing web pages. 
  • Share the infographic or Web Feature with parents over social media.  Below are some sample tweets or create your own:
    • Parents, CDC addresses your questions & concerns w/ new educational materials about EV-D68.
    • Concerned about #enterovirus? Here’s what you need to know about EV-D68 & respiratory illness.
    • Parents, follow these steps to protect kids, esp those w/ asthma, from EV-D68 & other viruses that cause respiratory illness.
  • Syndicate content from the CDC web site.  CDC encourages organizations to mirror CDC’s web text through content syndication rather than copy text onto their web. Benefits include immediate and automatic updates, and can be found at Content Syndication.
  • Place the text of the matte article on your web site or in e-newsletters and other publications you have that reach parents.
  • Work with local child care facilities and organizations in your area to share CDC information with parents:
    • Ask child care centers to place the drop-in article in parent newsletters
    • Ask child care centers to print and post the fact sheet and/or infographic
  • Encourage parents and community partners to share the fact sheet with doctor’s offices, clinics, faith communities, and other community settings.

Yesterday, the CDC issued a press release sharing news about a new lab test developed by CDC for EV-D68 which will allow more rapid testing of specimens.  Because of this new test, confirmed cases of EV-D68 will appear to rise rapidly over the next 7-10 days as specimen testing accelerates.  However, changes in case counts won’t represent a real-time influx of new cases.

Remember too, as entrovirus season is expected to taper off, flu activity usually begins to increase in October.  While there is not a vaccine to prevent illness from enterovirus, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Many resources for parents and others can be found on the CDC flu web site.  CDC recommends that ALL children 6 months old or older get a flu vaccine.

Finally, we know your communities may also have questions about what schools can do to keep students and adults safe from the Ebola virus.  The President has made control of Ebola a top national security priority, and we as a nation have spent more than $100 million fighting this outbreak since the first cases were reported last March in Africa.  Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees.  As you likely know, the CDC is continually updating its information on Ebola, information that can be found here:

Our Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students has a number of materials available regarding Readiness and Emergency Management of Schools in crisis situations, and those materials can be found here:  One resource at this web link is steps the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has taken to keep parents and community partners continually updated on the Ebola situation there, including establishing a web site:

Additional materials developed by the DISD Communications Team included there are:

All Staff Notice about Ebola 

Parent Letter — English 

Parent Letter — Spanish 

Ebola FAQ

Talking with Children about Ebola

Recognizing and Reducing Signs of Anxiety in Times of Crisis

We sincerely hope that you find these materials beneficial and that you will share them through all of your available networks and communication vehicles.