Wilkes University


Wilkes University Selected For NASPA Lead Initiative

NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) selected Wilkes University to join its Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. 

NASPA’s Lead Initiative comprises a network of 96 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. The Lead Initiative offers professional development opportunities, targeted resources, networking, and recognition for its lead institutions. In being selected for the Lead Initiative, Wilkes joins such prestigious institutions as Drexel University, Indiana University-Purdue University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Wilkes University’s Civic Engagement Coordinator Megan Valkenburg said, “Being a part of this engagement community will help me, as the civic engagement coordinator, be able to learn from other cohort institutions how best to initiate strategies to work with our community partners to foster an ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. The civic engagement office will be better able to work with students as co-facilitators to help identify community issues, engage our faculty in meaningful research on these topics,  and work collectively with our community partners towards a solution.”

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, providing programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of member colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA includes over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. Territories.

Through professional development, policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.