Dear NACADA Members,
As always, NACADA continues to be fully committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and embrace all who bring diverse backgrounds, ideas, identities, and opinions to the Association. We are proud of the continuing engagement of all members as we work diligently to provide the most effective professional support possible. The NACADA Board of Directors, all NACADA Leaders, and the NACADA Executive Office assure you that our conference in St. Louis in October will uphold our core values of inclusiveness, diversity, and engagement for all participants from across the globe. We further assure you that we are committed to the safety and well-being of all our over 3,000 participants and visitors to St. Louis.
The recently announced NAACP “travel advisory” for the state of Missouri and the protest related to the Stockley verdict announced in St. Louis last week are reflections of our need to collectively work toward building diverse and inclusive communities in our neighborhoods and on our campuses. Our successful work as advisors depends upon our commitment and ability to do so.
We value the participation of our attendees in an inclusive and vibrant professional development culture that supports all of our members. We will network and learn together how we can all best support our students across the world as they may deal with a culture that does not support inclusivity in higher education. For over 40 years, NACADA has been committed to student success in our institutions regardless of where they may be located.
For those who cannot join us this year at Annual Conference, we know that your commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and our Association is as strong and powerful as those who will be able to attend.
With total commitment to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and our students,
Dana Zahorik Amy Sannes Charlie Nutt
NACADA President NACADA President-Elect NACADA Executive Director
Debbie Mercer Lori S. White Kevin Thomas
Dean, College of Education 2017 Conference Keynote Speaker 2017 Program Chair
Kansas State University Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Southern Illinois Univ.
Washington University in St. Louis Edwardsville