Oops, we did it again! Open our communities to new and returning members, I mean. As we look back at preparations for opening, one of the important aspects to the success of housing and residence life programs is our reliance on paraprofessionals to help us support our students. Among these student workers and volunteers are: office and desk assistants, facilities support workers, orientation leaders, dining employees, conference services assistants, resident or community advisors, and residence hall association officers (and others, I’m sure).
How many of us held one of more of these positions? I bet a lot of us. It is clear that the leadership opportunities and mentoring we provide for our paraprofessionals contributes significantly to their success as scholars and future leaders. In fact, many of our finest aspire to enter student affairs.
This month is the annual Careers in Student Affairs month sponsored by our sister organization the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to the local training and mentoring of our paraprofessional teams there are national and regional opportunities open to the talent who will succeed us.
WACUHO’s major contributions in the region include our RAPs and participation in PACURH. WACUHO also supports NASPA’s Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day to be held at Azusa Pacific University on October 25, 2014. I would encourage you to consider participation, by sending aspiring students and new professionals. Here is the link to their program.
NASPA also has a number of free and low cost development opportunities this month. Check them out at here.
It will be easier for all of us to dream of our retirement: feet up, cool refreshing beverage, and maybe a novel (or binge tv watching) if we help the next generation get a strong start. Let’s continue providing the necessary scaffolding to promote student success at our institutions. Happy October!
2014-2015 WACUHO President