What started as a question from Kelley McCarthy on Twitter asking if anyone would be interested in participating in her #52in52 project turned into a conversation about a lack of resources for new student affairs professionals. Student affairs graduate students have the support of their cohort, professors in their program, mentors through personal connections and programs like #saGROW, and special initiatives coordinated by professional associations. New professionals, though, are at a key transition point in their life and do not have a centralized support system. Our solution? #SAYR1 (Student Affairs Year One)!
The vision of #SAYR1 is to discuss the key issues facing new professionals in student affairs and provide avenues of support from the last year of graduate school through their third year as a professional. One of the ways we will be doing this is by creating support groups of approximately three individuals who will journey through these first few years together. With the small-sized groups, you will have the benefit of a consistent and tight-knit support system without the nearly impossible task of having to coordinate the schedules of a big group (we’ve all been there!). Groups can communicate in person, through phone calls, e-mails, Google + hangouts, Skype, on Twitter, or however your group decides works best for you! The #SAYR1 Core Team will be providing discussion questions, topics, and resources to get everyone started.
#SAYR1 will provide you with a group of people you can talk to about what’s going on without trying to explain (for the 4,534th time) what it is exactly that you do again. It will give you an avenue to discuss current issues and trends in the field and how they’re impacting your work. With #SAYR1, you will have a network that will support you in trying times, celebrate your successes with you, and continually encourage you to be the best version of you. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please visit this link and complete the form. You can join a group that’s already been started or start your own. Groups can be by functional area, year, region, or just a pure hodge podge – it’s up to you! Please feel free to contact anyone from the Core Team should you have any questions. We are all excited to get this program started and hope you are too.
#SAYR1 Core Team:
Brian Gallagher (email@example.com) Hall Director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Karen Schomaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) Coordinator for Community Service at California Lutheran University
Kelley McCarthy (email@example.com) 2nd Year Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs in the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at Nova Southeastern University
Melissa L. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) Residence Hall Director for Moore Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Tricia Cesarino (email@example.com) Program Coordinator for Sorority and Fraternity Affairs at the University of Florida
Tracey Walterbusch (firstname.lastname@example.org) Residential Life Coordinator at Ohio Wesleyan University
Brian Gallagher is a hall director at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.