2019-2020 Professional Development Series


2019-2020 Student Affairs Professional Development Series: Student Story Series: A discussion surrounding Social Justice and Inclusion

Background and Learning Outcomes

Student Affairs professionals look to our NASPA/ACPA Professional Competencies as a tool to develop and assess knowledge, skills, and dispositions important in our work towards student learning, development, and ultimate success. Professional staff throughout all functional areas focus on professional competencies identified by the institution and the division. Leadership plays an important role in setting the conditions in which competency development can take place at the individual, program, and functional level. At the division level, a professional development team made up of professional staff across the division come together to plan and develop programming to supplement these efforts. This year’s professional development focus will be on the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency entitled Social Justice and Inclusion. Through a series of rich and meaningful programming events, participants will strive to reach a foundational level of understanding in the selected competency. Attendance to any program will result in the participant receiving a certificate of completion. If participants attend 5 of the 8 programs and demonstrate effective learning through an end of program questionnaire, they will have achieved a foundational level of knowledge and skills in that and recognized with an MSU Student Affairs bronze colored competency pin (feel free to upload the proof of the pin).

So what should I expect for this year’s programming?

We hope to gain knowledge and skills related to the Social Justice and Inclusion Competency through a Student Story Series. Every month, we will ask our students to provide rich and meaningful stories that relate to different topics within the Social Justice and Inclusion Competency. A facilitated discussion by one of our own professional development team members will reinforce the ideas and concepts brought up during the student story.

Tell me more about the Social Justice and Inclusion Competency

While there are many conceptions of social justice and inclusion in various contexts, for the purpose of this competency area, it is defined here as both a process and a goal which includes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all groups while seeking to address and acknowledge issues of oppression, privilege, and power. The competency involves student affairs educators who have a sense of their own agency and social responsibility that includes others, their community, and the larger global context. Student affairs educators may incorporate social justice and inclusion competencies into their practice through seeking to meet the needs of all groups, equitably distributing resources, raising social consciousness, and repairing past and current harms on campus communities (ACPA & NASPA, 2015).