A second year in the full-time HESA program a native new yorker from Queens. She completed degree at the University at Buffalo in gender studies and spanish. Works at the Center for Student life with Transfer and Commuter students. Has been working at Baruch's Starr Career Center for the past two semester and absolutely loves it. Her goal is to support first-generation students as they prepare for internships, and their professional roles.
You can catch Gesenia with an iced coffee every single day and loves to travel.
Earlier this month, the NYU ASAP Professional Development committee took ASAP members on a trip to visit institutions around the Northampton area of Massachusetts:
Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for October: Michelle Ng!
Michelle Ng is a second year full-time HESA student, a New York native, a first-generation student, and a self-identifying queer cis-woman of color. She completed her undergraduate degree at CUNY Hunter College with a major in English Literature and a double minor in Asian American Studies and Sociology. Through the HESA program, she works as a Graduate Assistant at NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Office of MSW Admissions and Enrollment.
When she’s not at work or in class, Michelle keeps busy with her extra-curriculars—beginning with her involvement within the HESA program and spanning out toward the larger NYU community. Through ASAP, she has served as a Welcome committee leader during Recruitment days, a volunteer for NYU’s Student Affairs Conference, and a panelist during Steinhardt’s Diversity in Education event. She also currently holds leadership positions as the Senator of Steinhardt’s Graduate School Organization and the Publicity and Development Chair for HESA’s Journal of Student Affairs. Her mission as a leader includes supporting students of marginalized identities, promoting utilization of health and wellness resources, and helping shape strategic university-wide actions that will contribute to student success. After she graduates, Michelle hopes to continue to work in enrollment management in a large urban institution.
In her pastime, Michelle loves to travel, cook, watch Broadway shows/ musicals, and has a goal to pet all the dogs in the world.
We are happy to announce the Association of Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) has been selected to receive a 2017 President's Service Award. The President's Service Awards recognize outstanding NYU students and organizations that have made a significant impact on the university or local community in the areas of community service, civic engagement, leadership, and quality of student life.
Dr. Robison serves as Director of Student Engagement for Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Serving on the Vice President for Student Affairs leadership team, he supervises numerous areas within the Division of Student Affairs including Adult and Commuter Student Affairs, GLBTIQ Student Programs, International Student Programs, Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Programs, and Volunteerism and Service Learning Support. In addition, he teaches graduate qualitative research methods courses in the College of Education. Before coming to Kennesaw State, Dr. Robison served as Dean of Students for Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston and Dunwoody Campuses. GPC was a multi-campus, two-year college serving over 22,000 students in the metro-Atlanta area. Prior to his arrival at GPC, Dr. Robison worked as Assistant Dean of Students at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at GSU, Dr. Robison supervised the areas of Greek Life, Intercultural Relations, New Student Orientation, Parent Relations and Student Organizations; in addition, Dr. Robison served as a campus judicial officer, adjudicating numerous student conduct cases. Dr. Robison has also worked at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services University in Boston, MA as the Director of Student Activities and New Student Orientation and at St. John’s University-Manhattan Campus in the areas of Residence Life and Student Activities.
Over the years, Dr. Robison has been active in numerous professional associations. He has remained very active in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Early in his career, he served as state president of Massachusetts College Personnel Association; and during his tenure as president, MCPA received the Outstanding State and International Division Award at the annual international convention. Upon his move to Georgia, he became active with the Georgia College Personnel Association, serving on their executive board for two years. He has been involved with ACPA’s Commission for the Two-Year College, serving on the organization’s Directorate for three years. As a Directorate member, he served on the inaugural planning committee for the Two-Year College Drive-in Conference, now in its third year and taking place in June 2017 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Early in his career he was honored by both MCPA and ACPA by receiving the Outstanding New Professional Award from both the state organization and the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals. Recently, Dr. Robison received ACPA’s State of Georgia’s Outstanding Student Learner Program Award.
Dr. Robison holds an Associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, and a Master’s degree from New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. His dissertation was honored by GSU's College of Education in his receipt of the Outstanding Educational Leadership Dissertation Award. Dr. Robison has presented on both his practical experience with and scholarly research on LGBT issues at the local, state, and regional levels. Dr. Robison is a current member of and past chair of the Board of Directors of Georgia Equality, the state of Georgia's largest LGBT rights organization. And, he has served on the planning team for the Georgia Safe Schools Collation and the Georgia Gay/Straight Youth Summit.
Dr. Robison does not believe that learning is confined to the lecture hall, laboratory, or library. He believes that learning should transcend these traditional notions of how knowledge is transferred and where learning can take place. In the context of higher education, college campuses should be and can be holistic learning labs with students developing critical life and learning skills across all facets of college life. From serving as an officer within a student organization to participating in an intramural game, learning takes place in the student center, in the residence hall, in an SGA meeting, during a diversity dialogue, through an advisement session, at orientation, on the playing field, or on fraternity row.
Introducing the ASAP 2017 Outstanding Member Award: Sam Harvey!
In recognition of her outstanding effort and dedicated service to our association.
Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for April: Kevin Franco!
As a social justice researcher and practitioner in education, Kevin critically analyzes educational issues through a lexicon of race, class, gender, and sexuality. With over five years of professional experience, Kevin has worked in the college access and college success field assisting a spectrum of low-income, first generation college students with their educational pursuits. Simultaneously, Kevin has conducted mixed methods research assessments at Occidental College and is currently a Research Assistant working on an implementation study of the Community Schools initiative for the RAND corporation.
Originally from San Fernando Valley, CA, Kevin attended UC Berkeley and received a B.A. in Sociology. Kevin’s passion for social justice, inclusion, and equity in education began when he co-founded the Queer Straight Alliance at UC Berkeley. His work in the Queer community sparked his drive to view leadership opportunities as a platform to incite social change. Prior to NYU, Kevin was the College Success Director for the non-profit organization, Heart of Los Angeles. At HOLA, Kevin was responsible for directing and supervising a team dedicated to ensuring the degree completion of 200 low-income, first generation college students, also known as “HOLA alumni.”
Kevin is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in Social Justice M.A. program. He continues to entrench himself in education to further restructure and develop pathways for historically underrepresented students.