The Professional Development Committee provides opportunities for staff to grow and develop in their profession.

The Professional Development committee includes five subcommittees: Onboarding, Professional Learning and Development, Awards and Recognition, Service, and Social. Each group is designed to provide different opportunities for growth and success within the division of Student Affairs.

About the Subcommittees

Onboarding provides skills and knowledge to assist staff in becoming effective employees of student affairs. Initiatives include new employee orientations and a mentor program.

Members are Andrew Helgeson (chair), Bruce August, Jr., Frankie Branham, Danny Hernandez and Regina Tucker.

Professional Learning and Development activities include webinars, workshops and lectures and a book club.

Members include Diego Garcia Theodore (chair), Sarah Meakin, Ashley Shoemake and Dominique Spikes.

Arrowhead Professional Development Presentation Opportunities

The Professional Development Committee now offers the opportunity for Student Affairs staff to share original presentations or workshops with colleagues. Presentations take place virtually and are open to all Student Affairs professional staff.

The proposed presentation must be no shorter than one hour and no longer than two hours in length, learning outcomes must be clearly stated and the presentation topic must connect to the mission and vision of the division.

If interested, fill out the Presentation Interest Form and a committee member will review the proposal. Please email Sarah Meakin with questions.

Awards and Recognition acknowledges staff dedication while highlighting professional, academic and life achievements. Activities include unit spotlights and acknowledgement of outstanding employees or units.

Members are Zahra Nourani (chair), Pam McElrath and Chad Thomas. See below for details about nominating staff or units for Awards and Recognition.

Service provides opportunities for staff to assist both local and campus communities. Units compete to accumulate service hours and there are service related events such as spring clean-up.

Members are Mary Jane Partain (chair) and Megan Reder.

Social provides opportunities for staff to make connections across units in a fun and supportive environment. The group coordinates social events and programs throughout the year.

Members are Danny Cordova, Jaqueline Paredes and Edgar Miranda.

Student Affairs Halloween Social 2018

Staff Travel Grant

The division sponsors up to five travel grants annually to provide opportunities for staff who wish to pursue opportunities that are outside their current scope of work. Contact Dr. Diego Garcia Theodore for details.

Join the Professional Development Committee

Please contact Dr. Diego Garcia Theodore, Chair of the Professional Development Committee, to become a member.


Please watch your email for details.