Assistant Director of Residence Education Appointed to Two National BoardsPosted Mar. 10, 2014
Charles Holmes-Hope, assistant director of residence education in Kent State University’s Department of Residence Services, was recently appointed to two national boards: the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).
Holmes-Hope was appointed as the knowledge community co-coordinator of region IV east for NASPA in October, and the chair-elect for the multicultural affairs network of ACUHO-I in September. He has been involved with NASPA since attending graduate school in 2001, and has been involved for the past 10 years on a regional and national level.
Serving as the knowledge community coordinator is Holmes-Hope’s biggest role in NASPA so far. His duties since his appointment have included identifying strategies to increase NASPA membership within the region, encouraging the dissemination of research and best practices of the knowledge community, supporting the initiatives and programming activities of the knowledge communities and other activities. Recently, he organized an international webinar that focused on student affairs fundraising.
“Dr. Gwen Dungy, NASPA executive director emeritus, often said that the knowledge communities are the ‘gateway to the profession and connection to the association’ of NASPA,” says Holmes-Hope. “The knowledge communities are a way to engage our membership and to let professionals know what’s happening in the profession of student affairs as it relates to the broader higher education community.”
As the chair-elect for the multicultural affairs network of ACUHO-I, Holmes-Hope’s duties include shadowing the current chair, learning about the budget, activities and ensuring participation of members from underrepresented groups, but his role mainly focuses on the housing profession and meeting the needs of diverse housing professionals in the field. He will officially assume this role at ACUHO-I’s international housing conference, which is scheduled to take place in June in Washington, D.C.
“For me, it’s about how we connect professionals towards NASPA and ACUHO-I,” says Holmes-Hope. “We want to continue to increase membership, continue to develop best practices and tell our stories as student affairs professionals of who we are and what we do.”
Holmes-Hope has been involved with ACUHO-I since 2002 and has held leadership roles with the association since 2004. His previous roles in ACUHO-I include involvement on the Professional Standards Committee and the Program Committee. In addition to serving as the chair-elect for the multicultural affairs network, Holmes-Hope is currently a member on the Public Policy Advisory Committee.
“Life’s greatest lessons and professional expertise come from those pillars of the profession who have contributed to the landscape and trajectory in advancing our outstanding profession; you can definitely learn a lot from our seasoned professionals,” says Holmes-Hope. “Student affairs’ practitioners here at Kent State and across the world have a unique opportunity to shape the lives of each and every student by providing a first-class student experience and being student-centered. Quite simply, that’s what we are about — preparing and positioning our students for excellence as they begin the next journey in their lives.”