Monthly Archives: February 2014

Join WoW Now!

Attention Women of WACUHO,

As you already heard, Women of WACUHO or WoW is here and now looking for committee members! This newly formed committee is looking for talented and passionate women who are looking to help create and participate in networking, leadership, mentorship, personal and professional development opportunities for the association.

It is our main goal to provide opportunities where new, mid-level and seasoned professionals can share ideas, spark conversations, offer support and guidance, as well as create a space where mentorship can thrive. It is our strong belief that empowerment and representation of women in various opportunities are essential for our profession to flourish.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a roundtable hosted by WoW at WACE on Monday, April 7, from 10:10am-12:15pm. Topics included (but not limited to); professional advancement, balancing life and work, managing academic pursuits, and professional acumen as a woman. Look for us at WACE, we’ll have many other opportunities in which we can make you say WoW!

Sincerely,

Mayra Alcala, Piya Bose and Maggie Malagon
malcala@housing.ucsb.edu, piya.bose@uci.edu, mmalagon@scu.edu

WACUHO Housing Survey Deadline **Extended**!

We invite Chief Housing Officers (or their designees) to complete the 2013-2014 WACUHO Housing Survey. This survey, conducted by the committee every two years, covers rates, services and revenue sources with regard to Student Housing programs in the region. We will share the results of the survey with the membership, and hope this will be a valuable tool for Student Housing departments in our region to utilize. The survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. We are seeking responses by Thursday, March 20. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Legislative Affairs and Research Committee Chairs Kelly Cole or Nathan Moses.

WoW is Here!

Dear WACUHO,

It is our pleasure to announce WACUHO’s newest committee: Women of WACUHO or WoW! This newly formed committee will address the need for a space to be created where support, discussion and celebration of women can take place.  WoW will have 3 main focuses: Networking Opportunities, Leadership, and Personal & Professional Development.

It is our main goal to provide opportunities where new, mid-level and seasoned professionals can share ideas, spark conversations, offer support and guidance, as well as create a space where mentorship can thrive. The committee is founded on the belief that the empowerment, representation, and advancement of diverse women within our region is critical for our profession to flourish.

We have many ideas, including regional drive-in networking conferences, monthly phone chats, a mentorship program, and more – all which will make you say WoW! We are looking forward to having many of you join this committee to contribute to be part of an incredible new opportunity within WACUHO.

Read more about WoW in the Leadership Manual

Sign up for the WoW committee now here

Sincerely,

Mayra Alcala, Piya Bose and Maggie Malagon
malcala@housing.ucsb.edu, piya.bose@uci.edu, mmalagon@scu.edu

SoCal New Pros Hike

Attention, SoCal New Professionals, friends, and mentors!

Join the New Pros Committee as we hike the Eaton Canyon Falls Trail on Sunday, February 16th at 11:00am. Come be “one with nature” as we hike to a beautiful waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains above the city of Pasadena! Those of us with the time will also grab some lunch afterwards. If you’re interested, check out the event on Facebook. This is an exciting opportunity to gather with your WACUHO family and have some fun in the great outdoors! Or for more details, email llester@laverne.edu.

Technology Coordinator Application

Purpose:

The Technology Coordinator is responsible for the technological needs and related services of the Association. This is a two year position, with the first year serving as the Assistant Technology Coordinator, to allow opportunity to understand the business needs of WACUHO and gain experience for the second year.  In the second year, the Technology Coordinator is the primary point of contact for all technology needs, and the incumbent is also responsible for training the newly appointed Assistant Technology Coordinator.  The goal of this two year position is to have two Technology Coordinators to meet all business needs in this area.  This position works closely with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator (formally WAVES Newsletter Editor) to provide a wide breadth of web based communications with the WACUHO membership.

The Technology Coordinator serves as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee and works closely with the Executive Committee. The commitment is a two-year term starting June 2014. For full description Technology Coordinator position, see last page of this document.

Download Application: Technology Coordinator Application

Criteria for Position:

  1. Employment by current WACUHO member institution.
  2. Travel to Executive Committee meetings throughout the year (assistance with travel costs are provided by WACUHO). Travel is optional in the first year, as determined by the President.
  3. Commitment to a two-year term, starting in June 2014.
  4. Understanding of information technology and database management. Ability to utilize a variety of software to manage and update websites and online database systems.

Process:

The Technology Coordinator must submit an application to the current Executive Committee for consideration. Based on the applications, the Executive Committee will appoint the Technology Coordinator. Please submit applications via email or post-mail by March 14, 2014 to:

WACUHO President Elect (Stephen Fleischer)
presidentelect@wacuho.org

Equity and Diversity Awareness Awards

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The WACUHO Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee is pleased to be able to once again provide annual awards at the WACUHO Conference. Please find the selection criteria and application requirements below.

Download The: EDA Awards Application 2014

Description of Awards

We will solicit nominations and grant the following special recognition awards for diversity education and achievement at the Annual Conference and Exposition:

  1. One $650 “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” scholarship for a deserving individual
    1. The $650 award shall be granted for the Annual Conference and Exposition and shall cover the cost of registration fees and assistance toward travel or hotel costs. The recipient shall cover expenses exceeding the award. The recipient of the award will be required to present a program on a diversity-related topic at the Annual Conference and Exposition.
  2. One $100 cash award for a deserving individual
    1. The $100 cash award can be used in any of the three following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that individual; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or professional development; or 3) give the award directly to their home institution to be used toward that person’s professional development.

i.     If the individual chooses options two or three, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.

  1. One $200 cash award for a deserving member institution
    1. The $200 cash award can be used in either of the two following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that institution; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or development of staff.

i.     If the deserving institution chooses option two, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.

Criteria

Institutional Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. An individual department or a combination of departments working with a Housing organization is eligible. Must include:

  • Diversity in staff
  • Uniqueness of outreach efforts
  • Innovative approaches to recruitment and retention of under-represented staff
  • Effective use of creative resources

Individual Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. Must include:

  • Uniqueness in outreach and recruitment efforts of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Development of innovative programs (such as in training, classes, staff development)
  • Presentation of creative educational programs, e.g., cultural awareness, issues of diversity, women’s issues, special interest/theme halls
  • Unique research efforts in the area of diversity

Application Requirements:

Individual Awards

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how you have gone above and beyond in your current or previous position to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how you plan to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in your future professional goals.
    3. Describe what you hope to gain from the conference and how you will incorporate what you have learned at the conference to improve diversity in the field of student affairs and the WACUHO organization.
  2. A copy of your current resume.
  3. A copy of the program proposal form you filled out for the Annual Conference and Exposition, including the program description, goals, and abstract.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor (preferably your current supervisor) addressing the selection criteria, including impact and results.

Please Note: Due to privacy and confidentiality laws, supporting material may not include performance evaluations or letters which are a part of the academic and staff review process

Institutional Award

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how your department has gone above and beyond to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how your department plans to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in its future goals.
    3. Describe how you plan to use the award if you are selected as the recipient institution.

RW Gang Nomination Form

Each year our WACUHO Community provides special recognition to a corporate partner of WACUHO who has, through their dedication to our profession and WACUHO, made significant contributions to the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers.

It is incumbent on our membership to nominate our corporate partners who are deserving of this valuable award through their long-term and consistent leadership and service to our association.

I invite you to submit nominations for consideration.  Please submit a completed nomination form and Supporting Documents (RW Gang Nomination Form) to Noah Kaloostian, Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee by Friday, February 28, 2014 at nkaloostian@orl.ucla.edu

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the e-mail address above or call 310-206-6781.

I thank you for your consideration and look forward to the nominations,

Noah Kaloostian
Corporate Relations Committee Chair

EDA Topic of the Month #1 – Recap

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Thank you to those who called in for the Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee’s first Topic of the Month conference call on Thursday, January 31st!  The conversation revolved around how we as student affairs professionals, who are trained to have teachable moments with students, approach situations with parents.  We delved into whether or not it is appropriate to even pursue issues of social justice with parents in those awkward situations when an unjust or ignorant statement is made—we concluded that we should not just “talk the talk,” but “walk the walk” and stand up for injustice as we empower our students to do.  Various tactics that we discussed included using concrete examples, invoking empathy, speaking in general terms to follow FERPA, differentiating between the home and collegiate contexts, and gently pushing parents to challenge their own stereotypes in order to align them with the ultimate goal of helping us to help their students grow and develop.  The conversation ended on the note that it is our place to make waves when others will not, especially as champions of social justice.
Stay tuned for Topic of the Month #2 – Growing Out of the Neighborhood

Thinking about those (students and staff) who graduate college into a new educational and socioeconomic class than the one in which they were raised