Student Affairs is a field built off the connection and successes of our students. Preparing and training student leaders is a critical part of our positions. Student leaders who are trained in emotional intelligence; tenants of DEI; and helping skills can enhance their own experiences as well as those of others. As our field and world continue to evolve, centering the experiences of marginalized voices and lived experiences must take center stage in our work.
- Scaffold training for student leaders that emphasizes DEI competencies
- Combine DEI, Emotional Intelligence, and Helping Skills to prepare student leaders in their goal of supporting students
- Demonstrate learning by working in small groups to complete a portion of a potential student leader training
ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
- Leadership (LEAD)
- Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI)
- Joey McGinn, Florida State University
- Diamond Newsome, Florida State University
Diamond Newsome (she/her) is a graduate of the Higher Education Program at Florida State University. She has held jobs within student affairs for upwards of five years and has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and its intersection with leadership. In college, she developed and implemented a weeklong DEI initiative called Solidarity Week that continues to grow each year. She has used her experience from developing this week along with leadership theories taught in undergrad and developed in graduate school to create presentations that address diversity, equity, and inclusion topics for student leaders.
Joey McGinn (he/they) is a graduate of the Higher Education program at Florida State University. They have worked in Housing and student affairs for five years. They started on their path as a K-12 educator and has deep connections to equity, diversity, and social justice in and out of the classroom. In undergraduate studies they worked as a Resident Assistant and served in leadership positions through advocacy and social justice education. Their experiences as a queer educator led them to teach an undergraduate course on the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in science fictions and the history of queer representation in our forms of media; this led to them giving a TED Talk on the same topic. He continues to work to empower RAs and student leaders to be better equipped to lead authentically and with empathy, while recognizing and centering marginalized voices.