The Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice, previously both a Steering Committee and a Commission, has long supported the needs of those new to the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs. This year, we are celebrating 35 years of service which has included various mentorship programs, ongoing sponsored programs, professional development opportunities in the form of webinars, and working to break down financial barriers of those we serve. Graduate students and new professionals are in a unique position to need a wide variety of professional development and support in order to learn and jumpstart their career but often bring in stipends and salaries that are below the cost of living. Adding in the common need to move for academic programs or entry-level positions, and the financial need becomes more critical. Our Community of Practice strives to offer scholarships for opportunities hosted by ACPA to aid in the growth and retention of our new colleagues.
By contributing to our Foundation Campaign, you are directly supporting graduate students and new professionals by providing scholarships for attending ACPA’s Annual Convention, obtaining an ACPA membership, attending webinars throughout the year, and attending the Emerging Leaders Institute. Your support is greatly appreciated and valued to help our graduate students and new professionals “grow as they go”! Please contribute what you’re able, though we would be thrilled with amounts of $3.50 or $35.00 in celebration of our years of service to ACPA. Click here for the link to our fundraising campaign. If the link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser: https://app.giveffect.com/campaigns/27714-celebrating-35-years-of-graduate-students-and-new-professionals-acpa.