Message from NAGAP President: Reflection on Recent Events

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.

Dear Colleagues,

Today marks exactly four weeks since the Presidential Election.  As we are also now in the midst of the holiday season, it seems like an appropriate time for personal and professional reflection. 

Regardless of one’s political affiliation, there is no denying that our country is likely to see some significant changes in the next year and beyond. What will not change, however, is NAGAP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. As an association, we remain steadfast in our standing commitment to embrace and respect our differences including age, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, life experiences, race, religion, and sexual orientation, as previously articulated in our diversity statement.

We also have an obligation to do everything possible to ensure our campuses are safe spaces for all of our community members, and that the students on our campuses are positioned to get the best education possible. This means providing them with an environment in which they are safe, supported, and able to reach their highest potential.

In addition, we believe in the importance of rigorous discourse. After all, debate and discussion of complex ideas are at the heart of what graduate education is all about. Furthermore, the healthiest debates are ones in which there are multiple viewpoints and perspectives, where there isn’t agreement or a common understanding. When this happens, we have an increased opportunity for self-understanding, understanding of those who believe differently, and oftentimes opportunities for collaboration and change that may not have been possible otherwise.

Today I want to remind you to avail yourselves of the resources NAGAP has to offer, including our network of members who are eager to support one another in our collective efforts for professional excellence and superior support of our students. Engage in collaborative, collegial discussions about how to address the challenges we face in GEM, in our country, and across the globe. I am proud to be a part of NAGAP with you and to continue championing diversity, inclusion, and respect in our association and on our university campuses.

Julie Deland
NAGAP President
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