North America, Central America, & the Caribbean Regional Coordinators:
Richard Zereik (Canada)
ANNOUNCEMENTS/ GENERAL ACTIVITIES
Nothing to report at this time.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS
ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice will resources, energy, and time toward addressing racial justice in student affairs and higher education around the world. The goal is to provide leading research and scholarship; tools for personal, professional, and career development; and innovative praxis opportunities for members that will actively inform and reshape higher education.
CAPRES (Le Consortium d’animation sur la persévérance et la réussite en enseignement supérieur) has published a website for resources used by many student services professionals in the Quebec province of Canada.
Several IASAS members presented on IASAS strategic initiatives and programs at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention in Houston, Texas (USA) March 11-14, 2018. The general program session entitled “IASAS: Enhancing Global Mindsets & Engaging in International Dialogues” highlighted several programs IASAS supports to help promote international dialogues and exchanges among professionals and student leaders. The session was led by Tadd Kruse, IASAS Membership Director (Kuwait) and Lisa Bardill-Moscaritolo, IASAS General Secretary (USA) to highlight the importance of cross-cultural exchanges. The program shared the objectives and outcomes from the 1) Global Summit for Student Affairs & Services (in collaboration with NASPA), the 2) Student Leader Global Summit (in collaboration with ACPA & Lead 365), and 3) IASAS’ E-mentoring program.
Contributing speakers during the session included IASAS member from South Africa Gugulethu Xaba, student Alexandra “Chippy” Compton (United Kingdom), and Ivanca Noble (South Africa) who shared their positive first-hand learning experiences from each Global Summit forum. Jermaine Davis, a Lead 365 facilitator for the Student Leader Global Summit commented that, “Working with the global student leaders helped me identify my blind spots as a college professor, professional speaker, and leadership educator.”
The session included presenters from four different continents, with both professional and student perspectives. The forum encouraged attendees to advance their own international understanding by exploring effective practices, and engaging in global dialogues, and identifying ways to broaden one’s own work in student affairs/student services with an international lens.
IASAS initiatives support professionals and students around the world as highlighted by this conference session. A webinar of the presentation will likely be available in upcoming months through the ACPA Commission on Global Dimensions of Student Development.
NOTE: The above is not an exhaustive list of all events or activities within each region, but only includes the information reported by our members. For additional details of professional organizations around the world visit the IASAS website page Links to Higher Education and Student Services Organizations
IASAS does not necessarily support or endorse the events and resources listed on this page. It is provided here for informational purposes.