January 17, 2023

Spotlight on President Holmes-Sullivan and Vice President Clark’s Student Affairs Leadership

President Robin Holmes-Sullivan President Robin Holmes-Sullivan NASPA—the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession—has selected President Robin Holmes-Sullivan and Vice President of Student Life Evette Castillo Clark to support the success of hundreds of assistant and associate vice presidents at an intensive peer-learning gathering here in Portland, January 26–30, 2023.

Vice President of Student Life Evette Castillo Clark Vice President of Student Life Evette Castillo ClarkPresident Holmes-Sullivan will speak at the NASPA AVP Symposium, and Vice President of Student Life Clark will speak at the NASPA Institute for New AVPs.

The events will focus on topics such as advancing social justice in student affairs, enhancing well-being and the quality of life for the campus community, and leading strategic planning, organizational change, and resource management efforts.

President Holmes-Sullivan has served on the board of NASPA, and has been invited to several NASPA conferences to speak on topics ranging from “Providing Effective Treatment for Mental Illness and Promoting Mental Wellness” to “The Future of Student Affairs.” This year, she joins the NASPA Pillar of the Profession awardee class of 2023.

Vice President Clark also served on the board of NASPA, was recognized in 2017 by NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community with the Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award for her student affairs leadership, scholarship, and service, and was honored in 2021 as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession. Vice President Clark continues her service to the student affairs association and will lead the Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute at the western regional conference next fall 2023.

“NASPA has been my professional home since 1992,” Clark said. “As our college students continue to develop and student demographics change across the landscape of higher education, NASPA has always been there for all student affairs professionals at any level to address and respond to growing trends, provide professional resources, best practices, and networking for our campuses to succeed. Students are at the center of my work, and NASPA has been a large part of shaping that foundation.”

Lewis & Clark students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education are invited to join the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). SAC is a dynamic, quick-paced task force aimed at providing a testing ground for ideas, and creating an essential feedback loop between Student Life leadership and student body.

Additionally, Lewis & Clark offers a Master’s program in Student Affairs Administration. Available in a full-time, two-year, or part-time, three-year format, the program focuses on the ways that learning and development occur in and outside the classroom, in all dimensions of life on a college campus. Specifically, our program is concerned with creating intentional, inclusive, democratic communities where diverse student voices are heard and all are empowered to succeed. Fostering understanding and respect for diversity, our graduates become outspoken advocates for the full and equal participation of all students in higher education. For inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Professor and Program Director Brenda Sifuentez