Women at the Forefront of Student Affairs History

Student affairs has had a long history of women contributing to the profession that dates back to the turn of the century. This is something I feel too often goes under-appreciated.  In many ways, women were almost wholly responsible for many of the values and principles we uphold in our work.  Chief among them, the care for the whole person. Although the field is usually noted as beginning with the appointment of LeBarron Briggs in 1890 as Harvard’s “Dean of the College” in charge of student welfare, women quickly followed with Elizabeth… Read More

Your Professional Network is Powered by Bacon

Last week I started an experiment called the “6 Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project,” a play on Six Degrees of Separation and the popular “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game.  I was motivated by the desire to see how small the student affairs profession is and discover the power of crowdsourcing on the internet.  It’s still ongoing, so please visit the page and keep contributing!  A week in, however, I wanted to share with you some of the learning I gained in starting this project.  There are far too many outcomes to… Read More

The Six Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project

The Six Degrees of Esther-Llyod Jones Project is a crowdsourced initiative I started to learn more about how current student affairs professionals can trace their lineage back to some of the founders of our profession.  Click on the following link below to go to the page where you will find out more information about the project, how to engage with it, and how to contribute to it by adding your information. > > > Go to the Esther Lloyd-Jones Project < < <

How ACPA’s Standing Committees Got Their Name

I currently serve as the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA’s) Coordinator for Standing Committees.  Standing Committees are organizations in ACPA that represent some of the social identities present in the student affairs profession and in our work with students.   In my role, I represent, coordinate the work of, and advocate for the Standing Committees for/on Women, Men, Graduate Students and New Professionals, Disability, Multicultural Affairs, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness. Although our mission is clear, the name “Standing Committee,” is often a source of confusion for new (and even experienced)… Read More