Commission for Student Involvement

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Please contact us at [email protected] or connect with the members of our Directorate Body with questions or ideas.

OUR mission

The Commission for Student Involvement enhances the knowledge and practice of educators working or interested in the areas of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership Education and Development, Student Organizations and Activities, and Community Service and Service-Learning by providing access to networking, recognition, and professional development opportunities.

Our Vision

The Commission is the leading entity group in creating accessible educational resources for a community of scholar-practitioners to enhance the student experience.

Guiding principles

  • Provide accessible educational resources to better enhance the student experience
  • Release creative content on a consistent basis
  • Professional home for scholar-practitioners
  • Elevate services provided to college students
  • Foster inclusive professional network of diverse experiences and identities

CSI HAPPENINGS

We are now accepting submissions for our bi-weekly CSI Newsletter!  This publication showcases the work of professionals across the world engaged in fraternity/sorority life, leadership education, community service/service learning and student organizations and activities. Do you have a reflection on a program from your campus?  Think you have a good practice for advising students?  Tips for working with community partners?  A job posting? All of these and more would make great Newsletter Submissions. This is also an opportunity to share writing samples with a broader audience and is a great entry way into publishing.

Please submit your article here.

For more information about our publications, please contact our Vice Chair for Communication, Casey Cole

PAST EDITIONS:

September 25th, 2020

September 11th, 2020

August 12th, 2020

News & Updates

CSI Helpful Links

HELPFUL LINKS Fraternity & Sorority Life Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Greek Pages National Pan-Hellenic Council National Panhellenic Conference North-American Interfraternity Conference Leadership...

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upcoming events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Meet the Directorate

The CSI has two leadership bodies within the Commission: Directorate Governing Board and the Leadership Team. The Directorate Governing Board, is the advisory body of the Commission and provides the long-term vision for the commission and works to ensure the Commission leadership is meeting the goals and vision of the Commission. While the Directorate Governing Board provides long-term visioning for the Commission, the Leadership Team is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day work of the Commission.

The dynamic structure of our Commission leadership – inclusive of our CSI Leadership Team and Directorate Governing Board – allows the CSI to provide ongoing professional development support to our members, while also focusing on our long-term vision for the CSI’s work to advance the mission and goals of ACPA. 

Meredith Keating

Chair

She/Her/Hers
Mercer University
Assistant Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement
[email protected]

Brittany Martin

Vice Chair

She/Her/Hers
Penn State DuBois
Student Engagement Coordinator
[email protected]

Tempris Daniels

Chief of Staff

She/Her/Hers
The University of Chicago
Student Involvement Advisor
[email protected]

James Silay

Vice Chair for Research & Assessment

He/Him/His
Purdue University
Assistant Director of Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life
Casey Cole

Vice Chair for Communications

She/Her/Hers
Allegheny College
Student Life Coordinator
[email protected]

Samantha La Mar

Vice Chair for Programs

She/Her/Hers
Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Academic Advisor

Drew Bryant

Vice Chair for Finance & Development

He/Him/His
Amherst College
Community Development Coordinator
Tanaisha Coleman

Vice Chair for Social Justice & Inclusion

She/Her/Hers
University of Vermont
Assistant Director of Civic Engagement

Claire Austin

Leadership Education Chair

She/Her/Hers
New York University
Residence Hall Assistant Director
[email protected]

Traci Steehler

Student Organizations & Activities Chair

She/Her/Hers
University of Cincinatti
Assistant Director for Student Organizations & Advisor Development
[email protected] 

Liz Caldwell

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Chair

She/Her/Hers
University of Minnesota
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life
[email protected]

Get Involved

Membership is open to all ACPA members, whether they have student involvement responsibilities as part of their day to day jobs, or are just interested in learning more!

Ready to join?

Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You will begin to receive Entity communications through their respective email listserv and have access to any resources they share!

  1. Login to your ACPA Member Account
  2. Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
  3. Click Groups
  4. Click Active Groups
  5. Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join

Contact [email protected], to learn more about ACPA’s Commission for Student Involvement!

Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

  • Access the syllabus clearinghouse and graduate prep program directory
  • Have your students submit proposals for the writing awards
  • Submit a proposal for a faculty research grant
  • Review conference programs for the annual convention
  • Review our writing award and research grant applications
  • Submit a program proposal for the annual convention
  • Get to know CPP at the annual convention:
    • Attend Sunday night faculty social
    • Attend CPP directorate meeting on Monday (open to all)
    • Attend CPP Teaching & Learning Session and sponsored program

Csi Awards

Thank you for your interest in the ACPA and CSI Awards processes. To learn more about the awards that CSI has to offer please continue to read our page below.

Program of the Year

The Program of the Year Award honors an ACPA institution for an innovative program conceived by the campus that exceeds programming expectations in one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement. The award is based on student involvement, creativity and the success of the program, as determined by the achievement of the stated program goals. The recipient of this award will have their program highlighted in one of the Commission’s publications.

Supporting documents to attach with the nomination should include posters, flyers or assessment data, along with any other program material that will assist the committee with their decision. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff member who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant impact upon students, their department, and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with others. The award also attempts to acknowledge regional and/or national participation in the field. The recipient of this award will be invited to write an article for Interchange, the Commission’s quarterly publication to highlight their research.

The recipient must be a member of ACPA; be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a related area; volunteer work, and/or conduct research in one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement.

The Outstanding New Professional Award

This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant impact upon students, their department, and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with others. The award also attempts to acknowledge regional and/or national participation in the field.

The recipient must be a member of ACPA; has been working in the field for 0-4 years; works in one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership); has demonstrated a commitment and/or has made contributions to the functional area of Student Involvement.

The Outstanding Leading Professional Award

The Outstanding Leading Professional Award will be presented to a professional staff member. The recipient for this award will be featured in one of our publications in the upcoming year.

The recipient must be a member of ACPA; has been employed as a professional staff member in the field of student affairs for at least five years; has demonstrated commitment to the profession through work both at their institution and through professional organizations; is viewed by colleagues as an educator; displays genuine support and regard for students; has involvement in and contribution to one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement; is currently employed as a full-time professional staff member at a College or University.

The Outstanding Service to the Commission Award

The Outstanding Service to the Commission Award honors a professional staff member who has displayed exemplary service and commitment of time and energy to both the Commission for Student Involvement and the profession. The recipient has given outstanding service to the Commission, upheld professional standards showing integrity, and holds the esteem and appreciation of colleagues, students and peers.

The recipient must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement; has involvement in and contributions to ACPA; has involvement in and contributions to a Commission for Student Involvement functional area (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership); has held leadership position(s) within the Commission for Student Involvement; has made contributions to the individual’s campus and/or agency; displays genuine support and regard for students.

Research Awards

In order to encourage research and scholarship in student involvement (including targeted research in the four functional areas the CSI oversees), the Commission for Student Involvement (CSI) will award two $500 research grants. All ACPA members are eligible. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Research question(s) must align with the various purposes and activities of the four functional areas of the CSI or their intersections (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership). Additional consideration will be given to research that brings a critical and/or social justice lens. Grant money can support research in the following ways: marketing, promotion, or incentives to attract participants; transcription assistance; travel for researchers; others as approved by the CSI’s Vice Chair for Research.

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