Texas Christian University and the Housing and Residence Life Office is a featured program.
For the past two years housing has hosted a Student Affairs Workshop for undergraduate students interested in a career in student affairs. The workshop was an idea from one of the Hall Directors who felt that we do a great job at hiring, recruiting, and creating great student leaders, but don’t often get them to matriculate into the field of student affairs. Being someone who was a part of the group of student affairs professionals who didn’t know much about the field or that it even existed, they pulled together a team of campus partners to provide an opportunity for our students to not have this same story and to be aware of this great opportunity.
The workshop is an afternoon affair with multiple presenters including Directors, Assistant Deans, distinguished professors, and an Assistant Provost. The workshop starts with a word from an opening speaker, a general overview of the field and how to get involved with it through grad experiences, and concludes with a question and answer panel. After the workshop, the attendees have the opportunity to be involved with a mentorship program where they will be paired with a student affairs professional who can help guide them through their path of searching for grad programs and a career. These mentoring relationships are created through an initial personality and interest assessment so we can pair the students with someone in an area they are hoping to be involved with.
Submitted by Evan Saperstein, Hall Director and Andrew Nash, Hall Director, Texas Christian University