Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 68th president of our organization. SACSA has been an influential organization for not only myself, but also many others in higher education. I am truly honored to be able to lead this organization for the next year.
SACSA has a rich history of diversity and inclusion, and with the leadership of this organization, we have been able to affirm these values in our everyday lives. The core of our organization is collegiality, inclusivity, and professionalism. Through professional development, we provide members with opportunities to engage with one another, learn about current issues, and learn from each other. However, we must continue to move forward in such a way that demonstrates and celebrates our core values of inclusivity, collegiality, and professionalism.
In collaboration with the work of SACSA Leadership, Committee Chairs, and the Conference, there are three initiatives I hope we are able to undertake this next year.
First, we have charged a taskforce, to create a toolkit for members to be able to develop and implement socially innovative programs on their campus. Social innovation, in its most simplified form, is the problem solver to social justice issues. We, as student affairs professionals, are being confronted with a cultural and social revolution and it is our hope these resources will be able to help prepare our members to work with students. We plan to release this toolkit at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The second initiative planned for this year is to begin the strategic planning process for SACSA. As a direct result of the strategic plan and the leadership of this organization, we have been fortunate to secure our financial future, membership base, and enhance our organizational infrastructure. We have made significant progress as an organization in the last five years and we need to keep that momentum for the future by further defining the direction of the organization. Strategic planning is a long-term project that involves many stakeholders, including all of our members. Deb Kladivko has graciously accepted the role of chairing the Strategic Planning committee to help lead SACSA into the future.
Finally, the third initiative we hope to undertake this year is to develop a continuity and engagement plan for our committees and members. Our committees do a lot of great work and we have members that serve on these committees tirelessly. One challenge to being a strong volunteer driven organization is the need for continuity and communication during the succession of these volunteers. Often, we struggle to ensure the great work and information from these committees does not get lost through transition. The creation of a continuity plan can help ensure SACSA is always moving forward to best serve our members! However, we cannot move forward unless we can find ways to engage the members that want to be engaged.
Thank you all for your continued support and participation in SACSA. I look forward to seeing you at our 68th annual conference from October 28 – 30 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where we discuss New Directions: A Climate of Change.