Newsletter

Fall 2020 HESA Director’s Welcome

Dear HESA Family,

As the season changes and we enter into the crisper and cooler months, I want to send a warm and heartfelt welcome to our HESA community. This Fall semester is different from any other we have experienced before given the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and surge of anti-Blackness racism in the US. More than ever, the student affairs professional is being asked to redefine their role and re-conceptualize programming and activities to both combat anti-Blackness, simultaneously contend with the spread of a pandemic and traverse virtual and racial battle fatigue.

Throughout it all, the HESA faculty continues to excel, lead and set an example in the field of higher education and student affairs with their scholarship, leadership and activism. I invite you to visit our HESA website to see all they have been engaged with and accomplished. They work tirelessly to prepare for a virtual Fall semester and like many of us, have had to pivot, become more agile and adapt to our “new” normal. I would like to welcome both Drs. Frank Tuitt and Adam McCready to the team as well as our graduate assistant Ashley Robinson. We are excited to have this stellar compliment of scholar-practitioners within the HESA program.

This year, we hosted our first virtual academic welcome and welcome back retreat for both cohorts of students. Our admissions cycle went live in September and we are actively preparing for our upcoming informational webinars. Our first HESA Prospective Student Webinar will be held on October 13 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The HESA program continues to engage in curriculum renewal and we will announce some exciting changes to our program in the near future. As we strive to engage our students in transforming theory to practice, the program faculty decided to sign up for a program-wide registration for this year’s ACPA21 Virtual Convention. This means that all students and faculty in our program will be able to participate in the convention, which will take place from March 1-17, 2021. The registration also includes a complimentary 1-year membership for master-students who are not currently not members.

Lastly, I want to thank our graduate assistantship and practicum site supervisors, who continue to provide invaluable on-site training and professional development for our students. Without you, our program would not be complete. As we all continue to pivot and adjust to a constantly changing climate, I ask that we show grace, support and care for each member of our community. I wish for you and your loved ones continued good health, safety and wellness.

Saran Stewart, Ph.D.
Director
HESA Program

Saran Steward, headshot

HESA Happenings Newsletter – Spring 2017 Edition

HESA Happenings Newsletter – Spring 2017 Edition

Note from the Director

Spring 2017 has been filled with much activity here at HESA. We had a competitive pool of applicants apply to the program, and 18 of the 19 have already committed to the program as part of the Class of 2019 cohort. So far we have over individuals across 12 states and 1 international student. Our incoming class, as well as our returning second years will have orientation and their second year retreat on Monday, August 21st. In addition, we had a few additional updates in this newsletter including information on the director search, a recap of interview weekend, an overview of HESA programming, updates from UCSAA, information on upcoming events and courses, as well as information on how to donate to the Dr. Sue Saunders Professional Development Funds. We also have a special spotlight on Ryan Baldassario ‘16 who shares some insights one year post-graduation. <read more>