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Strategic Initiatives

The Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) enhances higher education and student success by cultivating relationships and engagement that promote leadership development among current and aspiring student affairs practitioners and scholars. Below you will find new strategic initiatives designed to advance the mission.  

Research to Practice Month (Strategic Goal #4)

This May TACUSPA, in coordination with the TACUSPA Research Committee, will spotlight faculty and their contributions in moving research to practice. The Association will host webinars based on contemporary research conducted by TACUSPA faculty and highlight academic programs across the state. 

We are currently seeking faculty to spotlight. Please send a submission of interest to Teresa Simpson, Director of Research,

Submissions of Interest may include: 

  • Presentations highlighting contemporary research conducted by TACUSPA faculty members
  • Faculty member contributions
  • Information about academic programs available

More information about upcoming events will be available soon!

Website Accessibility Task Force (Strategic Goal #1)

TACUSPA is creating a Website Accessibility Task Force under the leadership of Caryn Hawkins, Director of Technology. The task force will review and evaluate the website’s content and develop recommendations to enhance the overall accessibility the association’s website, as well as best practices to adopt in our standard practice. The task force will complete their review and provide written recommendations to the President within 60 days.

We are currently seeking members to fill the at-large vacancies. Please email Ashley Spicer-Runnels, President, by April 30, 2021 if you would like to assist. 

Members of the task force include:

  • Chair, Caryn Hawkins, Director of Technology
  • Ex-Officio, Lacey Folsom, Director of Marketing
  • Ex-Officio, Steven Smith, Dr. Thomas Moorman Fellow
  • Content Experts (4)
  • At-Large Members (3)

TACUSPA@Work Institute (Strategic Goal #2)

TACUSPA@Work is a 6-week virtual institute guided by TACUSPA’s core values: Development, Advocacy, and Networking. The TACUSPA@Work Institute will include monthly panel discussions and cohort-based activities designed to engage members in meaningful ways to assist in their leadership development and growth. Each month TACUSPA@Work will focus on one of TACUSPA's core values: Development, Advocacy, and Networking. 


  • Participants will engage in meaningful interactions with other members of the profession.
  • Participants will strengthen their self-awareness through guided reflections and activities.
  • Participants will explore diverse perspectives related to professional development. 

Program Overview:

Monthly panels are open to all members, but cohort meetings are reserved for TACUSPA@Work Institute participants. Apply Today!

Application Deadlines (Applications now closed):

  • Early Admission (2 panel/3 cohort meetings) - February 19, 2021
  • General Admission (2 panel/2 cohort meetings) - March 5, 2021


Tales of Professional Development: An Exploration of Pathways

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M. | REGISTER NOW

Streams to Rivers: Social Justice within the Profession

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M. | REGISTER NOW

Circle of Influence: Understanding the Power of Your Network

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M.| REGISTER NOW


Exploring Your Professional Strengths and Weaknesses
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Examining How Work Promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Developing Your Personal Leadership Cabinet
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Expanded Membership Fields (Strategic Goal #1)

TACUSPA recently expanded the data fields required to renew membership. Historically, TACUSPA has access to member's name, title, institution, email, and number. Through this recent expansion, TACUSPA will now have more accurate information about the membership, including information such as first-generation status, to support the Board's efforts at making informed decisions regarding the programs, services, and resources offered to support our members. A membership profile will be published annually by the Director of Membership. 

TACUSPA Resume Exchange (Strategic Goal #2)

TACUSPA is excited to host a winter break resume exchange! Members are invited to submit their resumes for review by another TACUSPA member. All submitters must agree to serve as a reviewer.


  • Resumes collected for review: December 10th – December 24th
  • Resumes distributed to reviewers: Week of December 28th
  • Reviewed resumes due to TACUSPA: January 15th
  • Reviewed resumes returned to submitters: Week of January 18th

TACUSPA Café (Strategic Goal #3)

TACUSPA Cafés are designed to provide members an opportunity gather virtually to discuss relevant issues impacting campuses and the communities they serve. During these events members are split into smaller breakout sessions to engage in informal discussions. Once complete, all groups reconvene and summarize their discussions with the larger group. These collaborative events create opportunities for networking and promote of knowledge exchange among the membership.  

TACUSPA Café Topics:

  • Preparing for the Job Search (Coming Soon)
  • Covid-19 Follow-Up (November 2020)
  • Covid-19 Roundtable (July 2020)
  • Summer Social (July 2020)

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