As part of an initiative to contribute to student affairs practice and respond to the demands of an increasing population of diverse identities on college and university campuses, opportunities to explore and contribute to the pipeline of student affairs professionals from traditionally underrepresented populations have been identified. Responding to this initiative involves students engaging in and flourishing within a campus National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program.
The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ. Through mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, a primary outcome of NUFP, this semi-structured program diversifies and broadens the pipeline of the student affairs profession. If accepted into the program, students are considered Fellows, part of the NUFP student group at Texas A&M, and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events.
The Department of Multicultural Services will help coordinate the Texas A&M NUFP student group and assist with facilitating the process of seeking mentors, identifying prospective students, hosting information sessions, assisting with application processes, coordinating mentoring identification processes and assisting with attending professional development events.