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Graduate Assistant Development Committee

A Partnership in your Development

GRADUATE ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Graduate Assistant Development Committee has worked diligently to prepare a curriculum that will connect graduate students with their colleagues and equip them with the resources and tools to be successful in your assistantship. Throughout the graduate student experience, graduate assistants will encounter situations that will challenge them personally and professionally. It is the hope of the Graduate Assistant Development Committee that students will embrace all of the experiences that they encounter and use them as opportunities to grow and develop.

VOCATION STATEMENT

The University of Dayton defines vocation as answering a call to discover one’s unique gifts and employ them in service for the common good in ways that are personally satisfying and bring meaning to one’s life (The Language of Vocation at the University of Dayton, 2017).

The Graduate Assistant Development Committee designs a curriculum that connects graduate students with their colleagues and equips them with the resources and tools to be successful in their assistantship and after graduation. The learning outcomes for the curriculum align with the University of Dayton’s student learning outcome for vocation and promote vocational discernment.

Graduate Assistants who participate in initiatives offered by the GADC will:

  • Participate in experiential learning that connects to their life and career goals
  • Articulate their gifts, values, passions, and growth opportunities
  • Build a social and professional network, and a strong culture where everyone is valued and empowered to achieve their potential
  • Engage in a process for discerning vocation and their life purpose
  • Critically examine elements of a life of meaning and its connection to their career path
  • Identify strategies for engaging and including their supervisor and journey partners in their vocational discernment

Chairs:
Steve Herndon, Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life
Dr. Daria Graham, Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center 

Members:
Chelsea Fricker, Student Leadership Programs
Brian Jackson, Housing and Residence Life
Edel Jesse, Communications and Community Relations
Suzanne Gord, Communications and Community Relations
Christina Smith, Housing and Residence Life
Laura Gentner Hutchinson, Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Services, The Brook Center

Max Sullivan, Community Standards and Civility 
Jivanto van Hemert, Housing and Residence Life 

Dr. Michele Welkner, College Student Personnel and Higher Education  
Dr. Graham Hunter, College Student Personnel and Higher Education 


SUBCOMMITTEES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Providing graduate assistants with opportunities for professional and skill development.

Chair:
Chelsea Fricker, Student Leadership Programs
Sarah Dewitt, Health and Wellbeing

Members:

Lindsay Maxam, Dean of Students Office
Chris Fishpaw, Center for Student Involvement


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Creating opportunities for graduate assistants to network and build community outside of the classroom.

Co-Chairs:
Laura Gentner Hutchinson, LGBTQ+ Services, The Brook Center
Jivanto van Hemert, Housing and Residence Life

Members:


SUPERVISOR ENRICHMENT

Equipping supervisors with resources that will assist them in supporting their graduate assistants.

Chairs:
Brian Jackson, Housing and Residence Life
Max Sullivan, Community Standards and Civility

Members:



Recruitment & Selection

Providing a selection process that is reflective of our Catholic and Marianist values and attracts competitive candidates.

Chairs:
Christina Smith, Housing and Residence Life
Re'Shanda Grace-Bridges, Student Transitions and Family Programs

Members:

Jason Eckert, Career Services
Matt Ferdinand, Campus Recreation
Kristen Altenau Keen, The Brook Center


Communication & Marketing

Developing a brand and marketing strategy for the graduate assistant experience.

Chair: 
Edel Jesse, Communications and Community Relations
Suzanne Gord, Communications and Community Relations

Members:
Charles Rooney, Housing and Residence Life

CONTACT

Vice President of Student Development

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0951
937-229-3682