Commission for Student Involvement

 Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the Commission for Student Involvement (CSI). Take some time to look through our content and don’t hesitate to share how you’d like to get involved. Use the menu below to jump to a section of interest.

If you are attending ACPA 22 in St. Louis, find information about the offerings of the CSI at Convention here: https://acpacsiguide.weebly.com 

Please contact us at CSI@acpa.nche.edu 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 Chair-Elect, Brittany Stanton

Recent EDITIONS:

September 10, 2021

August 24, 2021

May 24, 2021

 

CSI BLOG: interchange

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 White

Chair

She/Her/Hers
Mercer University
Associate Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement
keatingwhite_me@mercer.edu

Brittany Stanton

Chair-Elect

She/Her/Hers
Penn State DuBois
Student Engagement Coordinator
blm5191@psu.edu

Tempris Daniels

Vice Chair

She/Her/Hers
The University of Chicago
Student Involvement Advisor
tedaniels@uchicago.edu

James Silay

Chief of Staff

He/Him/His
Case Western Reserve University
Associate Director of Greek Life 
 
 
 
Drew Bryant

Vice Chair for Membership

He/Him/His
Amherst College
Community Development Coordinator
Nick Dressler

Vice Chair for Programs

He/Him/His
Bates College
Assistant Dean for Campus Life

Lynne Miller

Vice Chair for Programs

She/Her/Hers
University of Pittsburgh
Coordinator, Student Organization Resource Center

Cokie Thompson

Vice Chair for Research and Assessment

She/Her/Hers
Louisiana State University 
Coordinator, Leadership and Service

Leslie Cavin

Leadership Education Chair

She/Her/Hers
Western Carolina University
Assistant Director for Leadership

Nneka Walson

Student Organizations & Activities Chair

She/Her/Hers
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Coordinator for RSO Support

Liz Cadwell

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Chair

She/Her/Hers
University of Minnesota
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Shavon Hutchinson

Community Service and Service Learning Chair

He/Him/His
University of the West Indies, Mona 
Administrative Assistant Procurement & Student Enrichment Faculty of Engineering

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 csi@acpa.nche.edu, 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

Volunteer opportunities 

apply here by April 22 for priority Placement
See descriptions below

Opportunities with the Vice Chair

Volunteer Position: Elections Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: The Elections Coordinator will be responsible for conducting a review of past elections processes and revamp current elections processes, based upon suggestions from members and opportunities for innovation; developing and maintaining a year-round elections timeline – including promotion, applications, elections, and transition; promoting opportunities for CSI members to run for elected leadership roles alongside the Vice Chair for Communication. This volunteer will develop and disseminate materials to inform members about elected leadership roles, and educate members about how those roles contribute to the overall vision of the CSI. This volunteer serves as the first point of contact for interested candidates, and helps with the transition of new leaders in January/February.
Time Commitment: Volunteers interested in applying for the role of Elections Coordinator should be able to commit their role from July– March. 1 – 2 hours of work per week will be needed, on average for this position. The fall is a particularly busy time for this role, as elections will take place during that time. *Note – Preference will be given to volunteers who do not intend to run for an elected leadership role.

Opportunities with Vice Chair for Communications
Volunteer Position: Graphic Designer (1 needed)
Description: This position will create original graphic material for the Commission for Student Involvement to be used with publications and various programs and initiatives. Graphic design skills, proficiency with design software, as well as access to a reliable computer with that software is necessary.
Time Commitment: This position will work sporadically based on Commission projects.

Volunteer Position: Social Media Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position posts regularly within all of the CSI social media platforms, Facebook page, Twitter handle and video channels, such as YouTube and/or ACPA On Demand. This person works collaboratively with the CSI Leadership Team to promote commission events and opportunities. In addition, the position is responsible for increasing the number of our followers and making recommendations on how to better engage CSI members in meaningful professional development opportunities.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week, this will include a monthly summary report.

Opportunities with the Vice Chair for Social Justice and Inclusion
Volunteer Position: Affinity Space Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: The person in this position will be the point-person to help create and sustain virtual affinity spaces based on race, gender, sexual orientation, dis/ability, faith or spirituality, and more based on CSI interest. The volunteer would be the logistical support for affinity space hosts. The volunteer will build this new program alongside the Vice Chair and affinity space hosts.
Time Commitment: The Affinity Space Coordinator position will require ongoing commitment throughout the year, and time will need to be devoted to the position each week. The coordinator can anticipate spending 1- 2 hours per week working on projects.

Volunteer Position: Collective Community Program Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will plan intentional time for all members to connect virtually throughout the year through various formats such as social justice social hour, book club, and dialogue and reflection around films. Duties for collective community programming include planning three events that will build stronger bonds between CSI members.
Time Commitment: The Collective Community Program Coordinator position will require ongoing commitment throughout the year, and time will need to be devoted to the position each week. The coordinator can anticipate spending 1- 2 hours per week working on projects.

Opportunities with Vice Chair for Membership
Volunteer Position: Awards Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will work in collaboration from September through March to coordinate the awards presented by CSI, review current awards and update awards criteria, develop an awards marketing plan to reach a broad audience, create an awards selection process. This position will work with the Vice Chair for Membership and other members of the CSI leadership team to coordinate the awards presentation at Convention and commission wide celebration.
Time Commitment: This position will have a flexible schedule of time with the busy period being October-December.

Volunteer Position: Volunteer Management Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will work in a team to create on-boarding and welcome materials for general members of the Commission and volunteers looking to engage in the business and programming of the Commission. This team will manage the Year of the Volunteer timeline and assist with creating a welcome webinar, orientation, and training opportunities; advertise and recruit volunteers for the incoming CSI volunteer team; develop a volunteer recruitment timeline and strategic plan; and work with CSI Leadership Team to develop volunteer package of opportunities and update volunteer application. This team will also be dedicated to creating meaningful ways to recognize and thank our volunteer team. Please note: It is preferred that this position is filled by someone who has been a CSI volunteer in the past.
Time Commitment: This position requires 1-2 hours a week.

Opportunities with Vice Chair for Programs – Webinars and Convention Social
Volunteer Position: Webinar Coordinator (1 needed)
The Webinar Coordinator will work primarily with the Vice Chair for Programs with additional collaboration with the various CSI Functional Chairs and Vice Chairs to plan and implement CSI’s monthly webinar series. The Coordinator will work with the CSI Leadership Team in identifying the topics and facilitators for each month’s E-Series. The Coordinator will specifically oversee participant sign-ups, communication, marketing, and logistical elements related to the GoToWebinar platform. It is the goal of the Commission to provide one E-Series offering each month to engage the CSI membership from June to May.
Time Commitment:​ The webinar will work continuously each month coordinating and
scheduling webinars. The Coordinator can anticipate spending 1- 2 hours per week working on projects.

Opportunities with Vice Chair for Programs – Engagement and Convention Experience
Volunteer Position: Professional Development Coordinator (1 needed)
The Professional Development Coordinator will work with the Vice Chair for Programs in setting and implementing a professional development plan to engage members of the CSI throughout the year. The Coordinator will work with the CSI Leadership Team to identify topics and directions for professional development and will spearhead content creation and engagement opportunities including resources to encourage ongoing professional development on members’ campuses. The volunteer will spearhead the CSI book club and may assist with other networking opportunities.
Time Commitment: The Professional Development Coordinator position will require ongoing commitment throughout the year, and time will need to be devoted to the position each week. The coordinator can anticipate spending 1-2 hours per week working on projects.

Opportunities with Vice Chair for Research and Assessment
Volunteer Position: Interchange Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This person will assist the Vice Chair for Research and Assessment in reviewing, scheduling, and posting posts for the CSI’s blog, the Interchange. This position is not responsible for generating content, but instead will work with members of the CSI leadership team and others to complete each publication. The Interchange strives to post content as often as possible. This person will serve as a driving force behind coordinating the submission process, reviewing submitted posts, and actually posting content. This position will help advertise submissions for the Interchange through social media and the Happenings as well as notify authors of their scheduled post date and information to access the post once it is live. Critical skills include organization, editing, persistence, initiative, ability to meet deadlines.
Time Commitment: Time required is 4 hours per month.

Opportunities with Community Service & Service Learning Chair
Volunteer Position: Community Service & Service Learning Convention Experience Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This volunteer will be empowered to create and execute a strategy for better engaging and serving educators at the annual ACPA Convention. Activities could include but are not limited to: creating and distributing resources for educators prior to convention, encouraging and providing information for Community Service & Service Learning professionals on how to submit program proposals related to their work, planning the Convention Service Project, and serving as a CSI liaison at Convention.
Time Commitment: September through Convention (March/April) with busiest time being around ACPA program proposal time (September) and February/March just before Convention. As a member of the Community Service & Service Learning Working group, this person will participate in monthly calls with the Community Service & Service Learning Chair. Priority will be given to an individual planning to attend the annual ACPA Convention.

Volunteer Position: Community Service & Service Learning Programs Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will coordinate two CSI webinars related to Community Service & Service Learning and creating or collecting content for the Interchange. Additional responsibilities will include collaborating with influential educators and other commission/standing committees within ACPA. Specific skills needed for this position include initiative, follow-through, program implementation, collaboration, organization, and strong oral and written communication.
Time Commitment: Flexible schedule with a 1-2 hour a week commitment and additional time leading up to the webinar and launch. As a member of the Community Service & Service Learning Working group, this role will participate in monthly calls with the Community Service & Service Learning Chair.

Opportunities with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Chair
Volunteer Position: Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Convention Experience Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This volunteer will be empowered to create and execute a strategy for better engaging and serving educators at the annual ACPA Convention. Activities could include but are not limited to: creating and distributing resources for fraternity and sorority professionals prior to convention, encouraging and providing information for fraternity and sorority professionals on how to submit program proposals related to their work, and serving as “community conversation” leaders, planning the Fraternity and Sorority Professionals Roundtable, and serving as a CSI liaison at Convention. Time Commitment: September through Convention (March/April) with busiest time being around ACPA program proposal time (September) and February/March just before Convention. As a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Working group, this person will participate in monthly calls with the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Chair. Priority will be given to an individual planning to attend the annual ACPA Convention.

Volunteer Position: Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Programs Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will coordinate two CSI webinars related to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and creating or collecting content for the Interchange. Additional responsibilities will include collaborating with influential leadership educators and other commission/standing committees within ACPA. Specific skills needed for this position include initiative, follow-through, program implementation, collaboration, organization, and strong oral and written communication.
Time Commitment: Flexible schedule with a 1-2 hour a week commitment and additional time leading up to the webinar and launch. As a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs working group, this role will participate in monthly calls with the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Chair.

Opportunities with Leadership Education Chair
Volunteer Position: Leadership Educator Convention Experience Coordinator (1 needed) Description: This volunteer will be empowered to create and execute a strategy for better engaging and serving leadership educators at the annual ACPA Convention. Activities could include but are not limited to: creating and distributing resources for leadership educators prior to convention, encouraging and providing information for leadership educators on how to submit program proposals related to their work, and serving as “community conversation” leaders, planning the Leadership Educators Roundtable, and serving as a CSI liaison at Convention.
Time Commitment: September through Convention (March/April) with busiest time being around ACPA program proposal time (September) and February/March just before Convention. As a member of the Leadership Education Working group, this person will participate in monthly calls with the Leadership Education Chair. Priority will be given to an individual planning to attend the annual ACPA convention.

Volunteer Position: Leadership Education Programs Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will coordinate two CSI webinars related to Leadership Education and creating or collecting content for the Interchange. Additional responsibilities will include collaborating with influential leadership educators and other commission/standing committees within ACPA. Specific skills needed for this position include initiative, follow-through, program implementation, collaboration, organization, and strong oral and written communication.
Time Commitment: Flexible schedule with a 1-2 hour a week commitment and additional time leading up to the webinar and launch. As a member of the Leadership Education Working group, these roles will participate in monthly calls with the Leadership Education Chair.

Opportunities with Organizations & Activities Chair
Volunteer Position: Organizations & Activities Convention Experience Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This volunteer will be empowered to create and execute a strategy for better engaging and serving educators at the annual ACPA Convention. Activities could include but are not limited to: creating and distributing resources for Organizations & Activities Professionals prior to convention, encouraging and providing information for on how to submit program proposals related to their work, and serving as “community conversation” leaders, planning the Organizations & Activities Roundtable, and serving as a CSI liaison at Convention.
Time Commitment: September through Convention (March/April) with busiest time being around ACPA program proposal time (September) and February/March just before Convention. As a member of the Organizations & Activities Working group, this person will participate in monthly calls with the Organizations & Activities Chair. Priority will be given to an individual planning to attend the annual ACPA Convention.

Volunteer Position: Organizations & Activities Programs Coordinator (1 needed)
Description: This position will coordinate two CSI webinars related to Organizations & Activities and creating or collecting content for the Interchange. Additional responsibilities will include collaborating with influential leadership educators and other commission/standing committees within ACPA. Specific skills needed for this position include initiative, follow-through, program implementation, collaboration, organization, and strong oral and written communication.
Time Commitment: Flexible schedule with a 1-2 hour a week commitment and additional time leading up to the webinar and launch. As a member of the Organizations & Activities group, this role will participate in monthly calls with the Organizations & Activities Chair.

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.

The 2022 Program of the Year is the Star Program at Sam Houston State.

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 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student is Clare Signorelli.

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 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student is Aml Mohamed.

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 2022 Outstanding Leading Professional is Lauren Shinholster.

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 2022 Outstanding Service to the Commission Award  recipient is Meredith Keating White.