ACPA Proposals are due Friday, September 8, 2017. The 2018 ACPA Annual Convention will be held in Houston, TX from March 11-14. Curriculum goals for ACPA ’18 include:

  • Reflect on their own positionality and role in social justice work within student affairs
  • Educate and role model the value of racial justice
  • Engage with the issues impacting higher education by applying our identified competencies
  • Experience critical opportunities for learning and engagement through the creation and dissemination of knowledge
  • Collaborate with the local communities

ACPA is accepting individual and group program proposals until September 8. There are a number of presentation opportunities, including Pre-Convention Sessions, General Sessions, research paper submissions, research- or practice-based posters, mini-programs, and Competency Based Sessions.

You can submit a proposal for ACPA ’18 by clicking here

https://s1.goeshow.com/acpa/annual/2018/session_submission.cfm

If you are interested in registering for ACPA ’18, you can do so here at a discounted rate through December 9, 2017:

http://convention.myacpa.org/houston2018/index.php/registration/

DSA staff have been published in AHEPPP Journal Spring 2017 5(1). Ongoing Engagement and Orientation: A Literature Review of Collegiate Family Engagement is authored by Andrew Sonn (Military and Veteran Student Services), Toby Davidow (Planning and Outreach), Anna Whiston (GSEHD MA ’17), and Arianne Wilt (GSEHD MA ’16 and former DSA Graduate Fellow).

Congratulations to Anne Scammon and Lenore Webb (Center for Career Services) for accepting  the NCDA Service to International Students Award on behalf of the International Student Project Team of the GW Career Services Council while attending the National Career Development Association 2017 Global Conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes college/university career services centers that are active in partnering with and supporting the career development of international students. Criteria for the award include active NCDA memberships, expressing a commitment to partnering with international students in the career development process, developing and implementing resources and programs that support international students with assessment of implementation, and articulation of future plans and investment in future student-centered resources.

Congratulations DSA Graduates!

Congratulations to the following DSA staff members who earned graduate degrees from GW in May 2017:

  • Kiran Edelstein, Student Support and Family Engagement: Master of Public Health, Education and Promotion
  • JoEllen Finley, Center for Career Services: Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, Higher Education Administration

Additionally, congratulations and thanks to all the students who earned degrees from GW in December 2016 and May 2017 and who served in various roles with our offices.  See the Cherry Tree yearbook ad for their names.

Volunteer at Colonial Inauguration

As we get ready to welcome the Class of 2021 to campus for Colonial Inauguration (CI), we need your help!  Please use the sign-up sheet linked below to select at least one volunteer shift during the June CI sessions.  Included below are brief descriptions of the shift responsibilities; you will also get a confirmation email from me with additional logistics.

The dress code for CI is business casual; we encourage staff to wear buff and blue.  We want our incoming students to feel comfortable and also to know what school spirit looks like!

Thank you again for your support and partnership as we get to know our newest Colonials!

Contact Tracy Arwari, Student Support and Family Engagement at tarwari@gwu.edu with any questions.

Volunteer opportunities:

Day One - District House Shift (5:15 - 7:15 pm): Guide students into District House for dinner; manage lines/ crowds; mingle with students.

Day Two - Thurston Shifts (8 – 10 am, 10 am – 12 noon, 12 noon – 2 pm, or 2 – 4 pm): Assist students with check-out procedures; ensure that keys are returned/ logged according to room/student. **You may be able to complete other work during downtime between students checking out**

Click here to sign up!

Make it a Casual, Buff and Blue Summer

Buff and Blue Fridays have been extended to include all days during the summer, from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, August 25th!  DSA staff members are invited to wear casual attire, including appropriate jeans (no holes, rips, or tears), and are encouraged to wear buff and blue GW attire whenever they want to show their Colonial spirit.

At all times, please continue to use your discretion in making appropriate clothing decisions based on your experience, needs, and professional context, including during Colonial Inauguration. If you have any questions about these guidelines, including what is appropriate casual attire, please talk with your manager.

Save the Dates: Welcome Week 2017 - August 26th - September 3rd

GW students have moved out for the summer, so now we need to start thinking about what happens when they all return to campus in August. Welcome Week 2017 will be Saturday, August 26th through Sunday, September 3rd.

Welcome Week is a key program designed to provide students with engagement, support, and resources to ensure a positive and enjoyable transition to GW - whether for the first, third, or sixth time. The Center for Student Engagement is looking forward to planning several CSE events during Welcome Week as well as centrally coordinating and promoting the programs available for students.

We are asking all departments and organizations to please communicate your Welcome Week program details through Google Sheets.

You will see complete guidelines and instructions within the first tab. Please read all instructions before adding your program to the document. For an example, view the August 26th tab to see the First Night event information.

The deadline to communicate your information for Welcome Week publicity is Wednesday, July 19th. Feel free to see what other departments are planning to look for possible collaborations or potential conflicts.

Contact Victoria Heithaus, Center for Student Engagement at vheithaus@gwu.edu with any questions.

Buff and Blue Fridays have been extended to include all days during the summer, from Monday, May 22 through Friday, August 25!  DSA staff members are invited to wear casual attire, including appropriate jeans (no holes, rips, or tears), and are encouraged to wear buff and blue GW attire whenever they want to show their Colonial spirit.

At all times, please continue to use your discretion in making appropriate clothing decisions based on your experience, needs, and professional context, including during Colonial Inauguration. If you have any questions about these guidelines, including what is appropriate casual attire, please talk with your manager.

On Thursday, March 30th, DSA was honored to host Tong (Zoe) Ziyi, a student affairs professional from Fudan University in Shanghai, China for a visit as part of her internship with NASPA, where she is assisting with their global initiatives.  

This was an opportunity for DSA staff to learn about higher education in China and especially at Fudan, GW's partner in the Global Bachelor's program, as well as for Zoe to learn about the broad work of DSA and how student affairs is practiced in the United States.  During the visit, Zoe met with the DSA Leadership Team, the CHC Leadership Team, and the Office for Study Abroad, and toured the Colonial Health Center, Colonial Crossroads with GW Career Services, and District House with the Center for Student Engagement.  See the photos below, with special thanks to all who participated in the visit.

 

The GW Career Services Council International Student Project Team won the 2017 National Career Development Association (NCDA) Service to International Students Award.   This award is intended to recognize college/university career services offices and/or career centers that have made an active commitment to partnering with and supporting the career development of international students. Recipients of the “Service to International Students Award” must meet the following criteria:

  • Career services office/career center within a college or university setting where at least one individual on the nominated team must hold an active NCDA membership.
  • Uphold an expressed commitment (through office mission, vision, goals, and/or strategic planning) to partnering with and engaging international students in the career development process.
  • Development and successful implementation of at least one resource or program that supports international students, providing brief quantitative or qualitative measurement of impact and/or description of successful implementation. Resources and programs can be developed and implemented in collaboration with campus offices and partnerships outside of career services.
  • Articulation of plans for continued growth and investment in resources/programs that build partnership with and in support of international students across the next year

This is a great honor reflecting GW's commitment to our international students’ career development. The nomination was written and submitted by Anne Scammon and Lenore Webb, Center for Career Services on behalf of GW. Anne and Lenore will accept the award at the NCDA conference in Orlando in June! Congratulations!

The DSA Professional Development and Team Building Committee is pleased to make the NASPA 2017 Annual Conference Virtual Ticket available to all DSA staff.  The Virtual Ticket includes recordings of 60 general sessions from the 2017 Annual Conference available for online playback and download as well as all recordings on a USB flash drive. This is an extraordinary opportunity to make the best of learning from the 2017 Annual Conference available to all DSA staff, whether or not you were able to attend the conference.  See the above link for the list of available sessions and contact Robert Snyder at rsnyder@gwu.edu to request access to the online playback and/or to borrow the USB flash drive.

As we look ahead to the summer, Student Support and Family Engagement would like to invite you to a briefing on Colonial Inauguration.  We will cover the updated student schedule, timing, departmental responsibilities/ participation, and the family orientation program.  The briefing will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 3-4pm in Marvin Center 405.  

Thank you all so much for your support of our orientation program.  We look forward to partnering with you to welcome our new students and their families in the coming months!

The DSA Professional Development and Team Building Committee is dedicated to highlighting opportunities to recognize staff and build morale.  Last month, several DSA staff attended a workshop, "Motivating Staff and Improving Morale," which sparked continued discussions about available tools that recognize stellar performance and reinforce positive behavior.  Check out the Recognition Toolkit for more information on different styles of recognition, why recognition is important, and the multitude of ways GW recognizes employees.

The Recognition Profile is a useful worksheet that managers can provide to their staff to learn more about how they like to be recognized, or for staff to complete and provide to their managers to highlight their own preferences.  And in case you were unaware or had forgotten, you can always Submit a Positive Vibe to call attention to a colleague and you should keep an eye on the Current Positive Vibes List to see who has been recognized lately.  If you have any questions about these tools, please contact Kaithlyn Kayer at kkayer@email.gwu.edu.