Student Conduct Is A New World

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Professional development is a term that I’m going to have to get used to for the rest of my life and I’m slowly learning how important it really is. In general I believe we all have an idea of what we individually need to work on to grow in our areas but ACPA & NASPA have made things clearer by laying every competency out in a rubric for student affairs practitioners. These competencies lay everything out so nicely and show how everything moves along, how we should be growing. Everyday I feel like I am growing and working on these competencies but my internship this semester has me focused on a few specific areas revolving around student conduct.

Student conduct is a new world to me and it’s forced me to think differently, more critically. I’ve always viewed myself as someone who is aware of social justices and biases, someone who is aware of policies and someone who can handle conflict resolution but day one of my internship showed me otherwise.

Social justice is justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society and I thought I had a pretty strong grasp on this but I was shown that I still had things I could learn. At a first glance I thought I would fall on the intermediate track for social justice and I would have moved to advanced which is described as “demonstrates a clear understanding and commitment to social justice through attitude and behavior”. Taking a step back and really taking a look at the rubric and a
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