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Membership in IUSPA

Advantages of Membership

Professional asociations, such as the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), express the necessity and expectation of professional development in their statements of ethics. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) stresses the importance of professional development in their mission statement. Participation in professional organizations provides connections to colleagues, a greater understanding of the field, and opportunities for professional development (Nuss, 1993). The Indiana University Student Personnel Association (IUSPA) meets these criteria through social programming, general assembly meetings, campus and community involvement, contributions to the field, and professional development programs.

Why join IUSPA?

  • It’s the student governing body of the HESA program and one of the first student personnel associations in the country
  • Responsibility for the 3 major events of the HESA program: Outreach (recruitment), Orientation, and Hooding (graduation)
  • A rich history: one of the first student personnel associations; a key player in founding MMOGSISP (the Midwest Meeting of Graduate Students in Student Personnel) and hosted the first annual MMOGSISP conference in 1976
  • Influence curriculum and faculty selection
  • The Journal, one of the first and only peer-reviewed student affairs journals in the country published by a student personnel association
  • Member-only professional development opportunities reflective of current trends and issues in higher education and student affairs

References

Nuss, E. M. (1993). The role of professional associations. In M. J. Barr (Ed.), The handbook of student affairs administration (pp. 364–378). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.