AMOSSHE and NASPA, the US organisation representing Student Affairs Administrators in higher education, have a long-standing international exchange programme agreement for the purpose of mutual study of Student Affairs / Student Services models, practices and current student issues.
Meet the team
The AMOSSHE volunteers taking part in this year’s exchange are led by AMOSSHE Vice Chair (Operations) Nicole Redman, who is Assistant Director, Student Services at Anglia Ruskin University. Nicole is particularly interested to talk to US colleges about the value and impact of Student Affairs, as well as access agreements, welcome / induction programmes, and approaches to using big data.
Nicole is joined by four AMOSSHE colleagues from across the UK. Lucy Foley is Head of Student Support at the University of Aberdeen. Lucy is interested in finding out about approaches to equality and diversity, the use of faith spaces and technology, and approaches to incidents and emergencies. Lucy will also be able to give US colleagues an understanding of the unique context of Scottish higher education.
Chantalle Hawley is Head of Student Services at University Campus Suffolk. Chantalle brings the perspective of a smaller and recently founded institution. Her interests include support for disabled students and inclusive teaching / learning, as well as widening participation and approaches to student wellbeing.
Simon Lee is Student Support Manager (Policy, Projects & Inclusion) at Northumbria University. Simon is looking to find out more about US approaches to value and impact, equality and diversity, and faith spaces. Simon is also leading an AMOSSHE-funded project about the design and management of multi-faith spaces for students.
Nic Streatfield is Head of Student Services at York St John University. Nic will be exploring challenges and opportunities around student mental health in the US, as well as student feedback and evaluation, the use of technology, and student peer support initiatives.
A busy week ahead
The AMOSSHE team meet their NASPA hosts in Denver on Saturday 6 June, and have a packed agenda for the week. They will be meeting Student Affairs colleagues at several institutions, including Colorado State University at Fort Collins, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado College.
They will also take the opportunity to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains along the way, with a trip to Estes Park.