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DSA Committees

The Division of Student Affairs supports three standing committees for division-wide opportunities for involvement and contributions. The work of the committees over the last two years has made an impact on the work that we do collectively. Learn more about each of these committees below.

Assessment Committee

The DSA Assessment Committee is charged with the systematic collection, review, and use of information about the effectiveness of the services and programs provided by each unit comprising the Division of Student Affairs for the purpose of improving student learning and development. In addition, the Assessment Committee provides expertise to individual units for their specific assessment plans and methodologies to ensure that all programs and services will meet or exceed nationally accepted standards.

Development Committee

The Development Committee organizes educational opportunities for all staff members within the division on matters related to current higher education fundraising trends. The committee works to share communication strategies that are both compelling and donor-centric in order to gain support from our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

In the fall of 2018, the Division formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee Group to conduct a self-assessment of the Division of Student Affairs’ (DSA) Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts. The DSA Diversity and Inclusion Committee are charged with making a significant impact on the DSA community through developing division-wide training, education, facilitated conversations and resources related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Marketing Communications Committee

This committee convenes marketing and communications leaders across the division on a monthly basis to create a collaboration space, serve as a sounding board for each other, and offer support and resources to MarCom professionals within the division in order to be as effective as possible in their roles. The committee has two sub-groups, each meeting once per semester: the “Think Tank” provides anyone in the division with access to the MarCom group via consultations and idea generation to assist departments and programs with their marketing endeavors, such as, reaching their target audiences, working within the University of Houston brand, or any other marketing-related questions. The second group is coordinated with the division’s professional development committee to provide division staff members with training and trend observation within the scope of higher education marketing and communications.

Professional Development Committee

The DSA Professional Development Committee coordinates opportunities for all staff members within the Division to gain knowledge and insight on topics pertaining to trends in higher education, student development, professional growth, customer service initiatives, and other topics tied to the Student Success mission. In addition, the Professional Development Committee also works to develop and coordinate the Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Program and Winter Social.

Student Auxiliary Committee

The Division of Student Affairs Student Auxiliary Group actively collaborates with UH Facilities on our shared goals of providing great services and programs to University of Houston students in support of our student success mission. We focus on proactive planning and solutions to projects and challenges impacting DSA Auxiliary facilities and students.

FAQ

There are six committees: Assessment, Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Marketing and Communications, Professional Development, and Student Auxiliary.
The committee membership varies from being representative (each DSA department has a representative on it) to knowledge-based (individuals join due to professional training and experience or that have a passion for the content).
  • Committees that expect representation: Assessment and Customer Service.
  • Committees that desire representation: Advancement
  • Committees that are a knowledge base: Diversity & Inclusion, Marketing and Communication, and Professional Development
A Call for Volunteers typically occurs during May and June. Membership on the committees should be considered a year-to-year volunteer opportunity. Individuals are required to have the support of their immediate supervisor and department director before agreeing to serve.
The committee program is lead by Dr. Daniel Maxwell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Each committee has an advisor who works directly with the co-chairs for each of the committees. The advisors for the committees are as follows:
  • Assessment: Dr. Scott Radimer, Director, Assessment and Planning
  • Development: Andrea Ward, Development Officer
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Dr. Daniel Maxwell, Associate Vice President
  • Marketing and Communications: Sandi Martin, Director, Communications
  • Professional Development: Dr. Daniel Maxwell, Associate Vice President
  • Student Auxiliary: Don Yackley, Assistant Vice President
Each committee is led by co-chairpersons (and sometimes tri-chairpersons) who have previously served as members. There is a “seasoned” co-chairperson who is in their second year of service and a new co-chairperson who is in their first year of service. This model supports strong continuity from year to year with our volunteers.

Membership is year to year and we have many members who will serve two to three years with the support of their immediate supervisor and department director.