Title: Doctoral Candidate

College / University / Organization: Michigan State University

Position for which you are applying: Assembly Coordinator for Commissions

In the space below, please describe your involvement with ACPA, including any leadership positions you have held

I've been a member of ACPA since 1999. In that time, I've held board positions on the Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness, and the Commissions for Housing and Residential Life; Student Conduct and Legal Issues; and the Global Dimensions of Student Development. I'm currently serving as Chair of the Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development.

Please describe how you will work to advance ACPA’s Core Values if elected/appointed to this position.

I’ve been a member of ACPA since 1998. Since that time I’ve changed positions, functional areas, and institutions. ACPA has kept up with me every step of the way. Through membership I have access to relevant and timely professional development opportunities, both during and beyond Convention. I’ve had the chance to collaborate and lead alongside colleagues from across the U.S. and around the world. And I’ve had access to rigorous scholarship, best practices, and new ideas through ACPA's publications. 

ACPA's commitment to its core values help account for my experience. These values explicitly call for a "free and open exchange of ideas in a context of mutual respect". They insist on expanding member access to opportunities to lead and shape association-wide decision-making. They encourage both continuous professional development and promote the production of knowledge intended to inform our practice. 

As Coordinator, I would work from the perspective that the Commissions are a critical gateway for members. I would act to help ensure that they continue to provide opportunities for members for involvement, voice, and leadership. I would promote the Commissions as important sites for professional development and knowledge production. I would endeavor to connect Commission leaders with opportunities to participate in Association-related outreach and advocacy. My leadership would be anchored in ACPA's core values of inclusiveness and respect for human dignity.

After reviewing the qualifications of the position for which you are applying, please describe briefly below how you believe you meet each qualification.

I currently serve as Chair of the Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development (The only listed eligibility criterion is that "those who wish to hold the Assembly Coordinator for Commissions must have held the position of chair of a commission").

As a leader, how will you contribute to the work of the Association?

I can contribute to the work of the Association by: 

-Providing exemplary, principled, and timely leadership and service to Commission leaders. 
-Fortifying and strengthening the Commissions as critical and vital gateways for members interested in involvement, leadership, opportunities for professional development, and voice within the Association. 
-Ensuring that Commissions operations, processes, and activities align with ACPA protocols and policies, including but not limited to ACPA equity and inclusion-related standards and practices. 
-Serving as a reliable, accurate information source and resource to Commission members. 
-Promoting ACPA to student affairs and services/higher and tertiary education faculty, administrators, and students.

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 appreciate that the introductory statement mentions both the ACPA legacy and commitment. ACPA has a rich history of dialogue and struggle with regard to social justice, equity, and inclusion. I've been privileged to play some small role in those efforts as both a member and volunteer leader. It's one of the attributes of ACPA that helped cement my loyalty and membership. ACPA's current leaders are stewards of this legacy and as such have an obligation to leverage their influence to help keep us moving forward. ACPA is at its best when our actions and practices help move people and communities from the margins to the center. This commitment has to be visible and happening both from the top down and the grassroots up. As current chair of the Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development, I've been challenged and invigorated by ACPA's efforts to internationalize in a way that aligns with this legacy and its core values. I believe my experiences -- both as a long-time ACPA member and as Chair of the GDSD -- inform my resolve to honor ACPA's legacy by helping us to keep the commitment to advancing a social justice/equity/inclusion agenda.