Mar. 12, 2018 – Dean of Student Affairs, Jennifer Forry, attended the 2018 NASPA Conference in Philadelphia, which took place from March 3-7. This year, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education organization celebrated its 100th year with additional sessions and activities “highlighting the Association’s path and history of the student affairs profession,” according to the website.
Dean Forry adds, “NASPA did an excellent job celebrating this milestone achievement. Throughout the conference highlights of the past 100 years were demonstrated and honored. History sessions were also woven into the educational blocks for anyone who wanted to learn about the history of NASPA. Being able to present three times during the national conference and represent Newbury at the 100th anniversary was truly special.”
Other than presenting, Forry connected with other student affairs professionals and attended discussions and speakers during her time in Philadelphia. She said, “National conferences always bring a wide array of talent from student affairs practitioners from across the nations. I would have to say my favorite part of the conference was listening to the honorable Sonia Sotomayor. Her passion and dedication to equity in our country was truly inspiring.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor assumed the role of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in August of 2009 and was one of NASPA’s five featured speakers for the conference. She spoke on diversity, inclusion, openness and compromise and answered questions about her personal experiences on being a first-generation college student as well as working in Washington.
Being able to attend conferences like this one allows Forry to learn and grow as a student affairs professional. She said, “Attending conferences like NASPA enable participants to learn about student affairs best practices, network with colleagues from across the nation, and identify programs or impacts you can implement at your own home institution. It provides a large venue for a deeper understanding of how to best serve and support students.”
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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