Early Career Administrators Gather for Lunch and Dialogue

The first of three spring semester Lunch and Dialogue events for early career administrators in the Dean of the College division took place on March 27 in the College Center Multipurpose Room. Eleven administrators representing the areas of Access and Educational Opportunity, Campus Activities, Career Development, Residential Life, Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP), Health Promotion and Education, and Student Growth and Engagement (ALANA Center and Transitions) reflected on their early career experiences and aspirations as administrators.  Setting the context for the 90-minute session were Stacy Bingham, Assistant Dean of Studies/Director of Career Development and Luis Inoa, Associate Dean of the College for Residential Life and Wellness. Highlights of the dialogue included observations about work-life balance, graduate education, friendships, gaining credibility and respect as new administrators, networking, family and significant others as supports, and how to locate one’s “compass” in such a fast-paced and high impact profession.  On April 17, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, joined the group to talk about his career path from faculty to senior administrator and engaged participants in thoughtful and lively dialogue about navigating cultures of administration, self-care, staying intellectually stimulated, and preparing for the future.