University Co-Hosts National Catholic Student Affairs Conference
July 22, 2013 – Georgetown will co-host the 14th annual Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) Conference with The Catholic University of America July 23-25.
This is the first time Georgetown is serving as a host for the conference, which brings together student affairs officials from more than 200 Catholic colleges and universities around the country.
“We hope that this conference offers space for collaboration and dialogue around the Catholic tradition that animates our work and shapes our vision,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia in his welcome letter to conference participants. “The talents, passion and commitment that you bring to your work as student affairs professionals make a true impact in our communities every day.”
Strengthening Catholic Vision
Founded in 1999, the ASACCU’s mission includes strengthening Catholic higher education identity and vision, increasing understanding of Catholic intellectual traditions and facilitating communication and collegiality among Catholic institutions.
The association says the annual conference allows Catholic higher education officials to share ideas and resources, explores how student affairs officials further the vision of Catholic higher education, and creates a community based on the standards, faith and the exchange of experience.
E.J. Dionne, a professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), will deliver the keynote address on July 24. Dionne is also a longtime op-ed columnist for the Washington Post.
Other keynote speakers include Melanie Morey, provost, and Rev. John Piderit, S.J., vicar for finance at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, located in Menlo Park, Calif.
Workshops and sessions during the conference will consider ways to engage students in the mission of Catholic colleges, explore development of student affairs professionals and maintain and evolve the tradition that exists at the institutions.
Other events include a reception with the Georgetown Jesuit Community and an iconography tour of the university.
“Georgetown is excited to partner with The Catholic University of America in hosting the 2013 annual conference of ASACCU,” said Jeanne Lord, Georgetown associate vice president for student affairs and ASACCU Conference 2013 co-chair. “We're looking forward to the opportunity to welcome colleagues from many of the 220 Catholic colleges and universities across the country to celebrate our rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the vital role of student affairs in the mission of Catholic higher education.”