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7/2/2019
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Candidates for Michigan Delegate (2017)
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Elections for the position of Michigan Delegate will occur at the 2017 Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the State of Michigan meeting.

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name. Statements are provided as-is and have not been not edited for content.

 

Ashley Knapp

It is with great excitement that I submit my application to serve as the Michigan State Delegate within the GLACUHO Board of Directors. Not only have I called Michigan my home for most of my life, but GLACUHO very quickly became my professional home. For the past two years I have served on the Professional Foundations Committee, working with the Professional Network and mentoring initiatives, which has given me an opportunity to learn about the association and understand some of our strengths and weaknesses as an organization. GLACUHO is evolving and I believe I would be an asset during this exciting time using my strategic thinking skills, asking big questions, listening to other perspectives, and advocating for members when needed.

As Michigan Delegate, I would work to ensure we are constantly striving to be a more inclusive and truly premier housing region, hoping to increase contributions across the state, and helping others feel connected to GLACUHO. I believe my professional involvement and personal strengths will allow me to think more creatively about our endeavors and what it means for us as an organization and community. While I believe my experience at both public and private institutions provide a necessary lens to differing needs and experiences of housing professionals, the best way to understand what members want and need is to listen. I will work to understand and provide what is needed from my position and communicate effectively with the rest of the Board to share feedback, ideas and concerns as needed.


With support from my home institution, I am incredibly passionate about housing and have no intention of leaving any time soon. In two years, I hope to be able to say I served the state of Michigan and GLACUHO with pride. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. 

 

Joshua McPhatter

I am honored and humbled to submit my letter of interest for the GLACUHO Michigan State Delegate position. I currently serve as a Complex Director at Eastern Michigan University and am excited for the potential to contribute to the success of our association. 

Like many of our members, I can still recall my first day living in a residence hall as a first-year college student. At the time I did not fully understand the influence a campus facility could have.  I was unaware that my experience, living and learning alongside others, would lead me to change my desire from going to law school to becoming a residence life professional. It was an unlikely journey that led me to college in the first place.

I was a student raised by a single mother along with seven siblings. My mother was a non-traditional student who received her degree years after my sister became a first-generation graduate.  Residence life and my experience helped me find a sense of belonging and my voice. This is why I do this challenging yet important work. It is also the reason I want to deepen my involvement within my regional association: to contribute to the learning of our membership so that we may inspire the growth of our residential populations.

If elected as Michigan State Delegate, I would like to work with other Board members and the association membership on the following:

Diversity and Inclusion:

I know our association has a statement on diversity and we are committed to serving our diverse student populations. As the Michigan State Delegate I will encourage the association to continue to lean in to support the uniqueness of all peoples. This commitment includes ensuring our association creates developmentally powerful experiences that will challenge our membership to think, reflect, and engage in substantive conversations around identity.

 

Intentionality and Organizational Effectiveness:

As an association of professionals we have a responsibility to be purposeful in everything we do. This includes being mindful of learning objectives, comprehensive strategic planning, and reflection. The association is here to prepare housing officers, advance knowledge, and to provide opportunities. These efforts are amplified when we are intentional in our decision making as an organization.

 

New Housing Professionals:

As a younger housing educator I have benefited greatly from professional development and mentorship. I want to become the Michigan State Delegate to take on a new leadership role and establish opportunities for other young professionals and graduate students to contribute to the association.  We thrive as an organization when members from all levels are at the table.

 

I welcome the opportunity to serve our membership and represent Michigan. Thank you for considering my candidacy for the Michigan State Delegate position.