COMMITTEES 2017-10-26T07:54:13+00:00

Division Committees

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Diversity Strategies in Action (DSA) 2.0

Chair: Dr. C.J. Woods

The DSA 2.0 committee is charged with augmenting the Division of Student Affairs diversity efforts relative to the University Diversity Plan’s goals of accountability, climate and equity. To accomplish this charge, the committee reviews department level diversity practices, processes, and procedures, reviews Campus Climate data and identifies Division best practices. The DSA 2.0 committee works to ensure that evidence of Division diversity efforts are aligned, assessed and reported in a comprehensive manner.

DSA Accounting Coordination

Chairs: Mr. Tom Reber and Ms. Cari Tawney

DSA Accounting Coordination ensures that Accounting, Payroll and Personnel functions are applied consistently across all Division departments. DSA Accounting Coordination serves as a resource for all departmental accounting staff.

DSA Assessment Team

Chair: Dr. Darby Roberts

In collaboration with Student Life Studies, the Assessment Team promotes the use of assessment to improve programs and performance and enhance student learning and development. The team provides education, expertise and information to refine and improve assessment tools and to promote the use of assessment in decision-making and resource allocation. Members share and disseminate departmental assessment results and assist in planning and implementing Division-wide assessment projects. The team coordinates the University’s assessment planning process with the Division.

DSA Awards Committee

Chair: Ms. Cindy Smith

The DSA Awards Committee coordinates the selection process for various Division awards including the Randy Matson Association of Former Students’ Awards, the John J. Koldus Award and the DSA Awards of Distinction. Committee members plan and implement the Annual DSA Awards Presentation Program.

DSA Committee on Leadership Initiatives

Chairs: Ms. Melissa Shehane and Ms. Katy King

The DSA Committee on Leadership Initiatives enhances communication, coordination, collaboration and cooperation between and among departments in the Division of Student Affairs pertaining to leadership programs. The committee also serves as the steering committee for the “Maroon & White Leadership Society” initiatives, identifies areas where education and training about leadership is needed and explores new trends in leadership education.

DSA Committee on Student Learning in the Co-curricular

Chairs: Mr. Eric Webb and Mr. Jason Kurten

DSA Committee on Student Learning in the Co-curricular promotes the understanding, implementation, assessment and improvement of student learning in the Division of Student Affairs to prepare student leaders to become integrative and life-long learners. The committee is charged with enhancing communication, coordination, collaboration and cooperation between and among departments in the Division of Student Affairs pertaining to student learning. The committee also serves as the overarching advisory group for the Division’s contributions to the Quality Enhancement Plan, Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime, and monitors progress towards student learning objectives outlined in the DSA Strategic Plan.

DSA Communications Team

Chair:  Ms. Sondra White

The DSA Communications Team work to identify best practices in communications (web and print), promote communications collaboration between departments, and offer training and professional development opportunities designed to improve Division communications.

DSA IT Governance Council

Facilitated by Mr. Anthony Schneider

The purpose of the IT Governance Council (Council) is to provide recommendations for the prioritization, acquisition, implementation and communication of information technology (IT) related projects and investments. The Council shall have the authority to recommend and change the priority of IT projects and allocation of IT project resources to include methods of cost recovery where appropriate.

DSA Risk Management Coordination Committee

Chairs: Ms. Cynthia Olvera and Mr. Neil Peltier

DSA Risk Management Coordination Committee provides an opportunity for department Risk Management Coordinators to gain a broader perspective about risk management issues and to serve as a sounding board for committee members regarding these issues. The committee provides an opportunity for department safety committee representatives to gain a broader perspective about departmental safety and safety training.

DSA Staff Development Team

Chairs:  Ms. Meredith Malnar and Ms. Susan Fox-Forrester

The vision of the DSA Staff Development Team is of the Division of Student Affairs working as a community of competent professionals committed to lifelong learning and the shared ownership of organizational excellence. The team’s mission is to enhance the competencies of professionals in Student Affairs by facilitating purposeful, innovative and engaging activities that educate, train and develop.

DSA Staff Wellbeing and Appreciation Committee

Chairs: Mr. Drew McMillen and Ms. Kelly Cox

DSA Staff Wellbeing and Appreciation Committee promotes the recognition of DSA staff and encourages staff to live healthier lifestyles, support a healthy workplace, and create a culture of wellbeing. The committee is charged with planning and implementing the division’s summer social event and the Years of Service/Staff Appreciation event. In addition, the committee explores way to encourage wellbeing through promoting existing university wellness activities and develop division specific programs/activities.