Division Meetings

February 20, 2018

Navigating Higher Education in a Period of Social Change

As we consider the needs, interests and expectations of students, members of the academy are involved in the complex process of engaging with students to create environments which optimize students’ educational experiences while balancing professional roles, the interests of the university, and the mandates of state and federal law.  This has never been an easy task, but is particularly daunting during a tide of social change where identity politics are prominent, and calls for more rapid reform and fairness exist. Meeting this challenge will require the skills and insights of committed faculty and staff. Join university colleagues as we engage in dialogue and active problem solving intended to prepare us to support current and future students.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Explore current issues being faced by higher education institution around the topics of diversity and inclusion.
  2. Consider how campus members can support students with different backgrounds, beliefs, and lived experiences.
  3. Engage in collaborative problem solving about issues occurring in higher education.
  4. Reflect on the complexities surrounding issues that impact campus climate.
  5. Examine the decision making process when addressing topics around diversity and inclusion; including student support, stakeholder involvement, timeline implications, and ongoing follow-up.
  6. Explore how policy decisions at an institutional level impact decisions on a local, regional, and national scale.

Case Studies can be found here:  https://iastate.box.com/s/fuaw5fsut8qkxt0yhrp2j0ivwfm7885g
Training was developed by the Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

January 11, 2019 

A special professional development opportunity was held for division staff. A recording of that session can be found below. 

Generations in the Workplace
Presented by Karen McCullough
Didn’t make it to the presentation in January? We’ve got it all right here. Student Affairs colleagues can view a recording of Karen’s presentation going to: 
About the presentation: Today, the workplace days of “one size fits all” and “treat everyone the same” are gone. Karen helps leaders and teams understand the distinct generational differences and how to flex to meet each group and individual in a personal and supportive way building trust, motivation, while inspiring and retaining talent. 

November 9, 2018

The November Division Meeting focused on employee wellbeing, one of the five Division Priorities for 2018-19. The meeting kicked off with a Division Leadership Panel, which included Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Martino Harmon, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr, Vernon Hurte, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Dr. Laura Doering, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness, Erin Baldwin, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Pete Englin.

The audience submitted questions via text message for the panel to answer in real time. There were more questions than time allowed so the rest of the answers have been compiled here. https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/11-9-2018meetingrecap/

After the panel the group heard a presentation from Krideena Jansen, University Human Resources Consultant, around the topics of stress, change, and how to take care of yourself in times when these two can feel overwhelming. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here.

Power Point Presentation

Staff Workbook

The meeting concluded with attendees placing things we are ready to “let go of” on the Trouble Tree (shown here in the picture.)


Feb. 13 2018

Understanding Implicit Race Bias

Presenter: Stephen Biggs, associate professor, philosophy and religious studies
This workshop will help participants understand what implicit race biases are, how they develop, how they impact behavior, and strategies for addressing them. 

Feb. 12, 2018

Special Guest: Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Leadership in a Time of Extraordinary Change
Recorded presentation available here: https://panopto.its.iastate.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6c886ac8-2e84-48ed-ba0c-a8a1b5ec7504
Higher education is in the midst of increased scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders and potential disruption to the very nature of teaching and learning. At the same time, student affairs professionals are confronted with increasing compliance and regulatory obligations and a broad set of issues that are at the center of the health, safety, and well-being of our students – all while continuing to promote student success, retention, and degree completion for an increasingly diverse student body. We will need highly effective leadership in this next phase of higher education.

Jan. 12, 2018

Special Guest: Gwen Dungy
Recorded presentation available here: https://panopto.its.iastate.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9c7fe501-54d5-45a6-9a94-a5250b17695f
Dr. Dungy is a legend in Student Affairs and her career includes leadership experiences with major organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), as well as a distinguished career as a community college administrator. She plans to bring an important message that will be relevant to staff across our division. Please see the link to her bio for more information: https://gwendungy.com/about/

Nov. 15 2017

Faculty/Staff Green Dot Bystander Training Overview

Green Dot at Iowa State University aims to decrease power-based personal violence on campus by utilizing education, outreach, and development as mechanisms for increasing awareness and competency around bystander intervention skills. “A green dot is any choice, behavior, word or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for power-based personal violence in our Iowa State University community.”

 Participants learned about:

  • Components of the Green Dot Strategy
  • Components of creating culture change
  • Tools needed to setting positive norms to address power-based personal violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking)
  • Knowledge to support students and colleagues in making positive contributions to campus safety

To learn more about Green Dot and ways to get involved, visit www.studentwellness.iastate.edu/greendot or follow on social media @ISUGreenDot (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube)


Sept. 12 2017


Thank you for attending the 2017 Fall Kick-off! 






Order your FREE gift!

Be on the lookout for a Qualtrics form to order your Division and Principles of Community quarter-zip pullover. Each staff member will receive a unique link to order. Orders are due by noon on Monday, Oct. 2. If you are a Graduate Assistant and would like to order or if we missed any new employees between today (Sept. 15) and Monday, Oct. 2., please email studentaffairs@iastate.edu.

Join us for lunch/breakfast

Staff Wellness
Friday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m.(bring your own lunch)
Overview of Staff Benefits at Iowa State 
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (light breakfast will be provided)
Thursday, Oct. 5, 12 -1 p.m., (bring your own lunch)

All sessions at UDCC 136

Help us reach our goal of $26,000 in donations!

The campaign runs Sept. 11 – Oct. 13. Please return donation packet whether you choose to donate or not. Please consider taking part in one or several of our Division efforts including the Student Affairs Silent Auction. Check out the great department baskets and bid on items today!

Download the Division Values and 17-18 Priorities flier >>

Participate in a Division Committee >>

Upcoming Events:

The Green Dot Launch
Sept. 27
South Parks Library Lawn
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More information and training at studentwellness.iastate.edu

Presidential Search—Open Forums
On campus visits will be Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 9-10
More information at: presidentsearch.iastate.edu

Gold Star Hall Ceremony
Nov. 6, 3:15 p.m.
Durham Great Hall, Memorial Union

Student Affairs Informational Meeting 
Nov. 15, 3 – 5 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Student Affairs Holiday Reception
Dec. 15, 9 – 10:30 a.m. 
Mezzanine, Union Drive Community Center


Feb. 20 2017

Student success initiatives for low-income and underrepresented students
Students and staff shared how we serve this student population. Goals/outcomes of the presentation:

  • have a better understanding of this student population
  • how we serve them
  • how we can do better
  • gain resources and tips
  • what the university is doing campus-wide and nationally

Tips for Working with First-generation and Low income students [PDF flier]
Serving low income/under-represented students [PDF of presentation]

Nov. 8 2016

Fall Informational Meeting on Getting to know Generation Z
This program provided an overview of the Generation Z experience and was presented by the Office of Admissions. In conjunction with Election Day, the program was followed by in-depth discussions exploring how today’s college students view various topics such as community engagement, gender identity, race relations, and interpersonal communications.

Getting to know Generation Z presentation

Feb. 26 2016

WinterDIVmeeting2016Feb26-1Show me the money! The Division of Student Affairs’ efforts to respond to enrollment growth.
This division meeting provided an overview of how student affairs is funded and how units have addressed pinch points related to enrollment growth since 2008. We also discussed  areas where there are gaps and where we have not kept pace. Creative solutions and new ideas that will allow us to better serve students were explored.

Show Me the Money presentation 2-26-2016 [PDF] 


Nov. 18  2015

Dr. Nancy Evans was the keynote speaker on the topic of Universal Design in Student Affairs.
Universal Design (UD) is the “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design” (Center for Universal Design, 2015). UD is an approach to designing student affairs programs, services, and spaces that considers the variability in abilities of students, faculty, staff, and guests. Rather than focus on adapting programs and services at a later time, UD intentionally prioritizes accessibility for all potential participants from the start. This program will feature a panel presentation of ISU students, an overview of UD in student affairs practice presented by Dr. Nancy Evans, and time for participants to apply UD principles in their daily work to create change.

Universal Design Presentation 11-18-2015


Universal Design in Student Affairs References

Universal Design in Student Services handout

Creating Inclusive Environments


Feb. 2 2015

The VPSA Diversity Committee presented on Microaggressions- Messages that Hurt. Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental messages, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative sentiments that target persons based on identity(ies).  The committee provided an interactive platform for individuals to share personal reactions to microaggressions. Also, evaluated  the impact of microaggressions on the ISU community and identify steps we can take to create a more inclusive community.

Microaggressions Presentation 2-9-15