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Background and History

What is IUSPA?

IUSPA is “the official graduate student assembly for all students in the Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) program.” - IUSPA Constitution

The Indiana University Student Personnel Association is a network of graduate students and IU HESA faculty & staff committed to the professional and personal growth of IU graduate students who are considering professions in higher education and student affairs. IUSPA provides opportunities for professional and personal development, leadership within the HESA program, and networking opportunities with current and future student affairs professionals.

History of IUSPA

In 1970, the Indiana University Student Personnel Association (IUSPA) was founded. Joel Marlin, the acting president of IUSPA, described its purpose as serving a means of supplementing the course work in the Department of Student Personnel Administration through lectures, seminars, free university series and open forums and as a vehicle for students to express their views on various aspects of the field. Its members intended for the association to provide opportunities for informal social gatherings and professional development.

In 1976, IUSPA sponsored the first Midwest Meeting of Graduate Students in Student Personnel (MMOGSISP). One hundred students, representing 12 universities, attended the first of what would become an annual Midwestern graduate student event in the field of student affairs. In 2007, 31 years later, IU was able to host the conference again, providing leadership opportunities for all students in the IU HESA program.

In 2005, the IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) chapter of IUSPA was formed to provide more opportunities for involvement on the IUPUI campus and serve the needs of the student population on that campus. There are representatives on IUPUI’s campus who serve as liaisons between the two campuses, but IUSPA members on the IUPUI campus are able to participate in all IUSPA events in Bloomington.