The 2012 NASPA Western Regional Conference planning committee is thrilled to announce our Friday Morning speakers, Doris Ching & Gwen Dungy! Both of these amazing Student Affairs leaders were recently showcased in a blog series on Student Affairs Women Lead called 31 Women, http://sawomenlead.com/2012/02/29/31-women/.
These interviews from Student Affairs Women Lead are included below, enjoy!
Doris Ching has an outstanding and distinguished career in both secondary and postsecondary education. Serving the people of Hawai’i through various roles in lower and higher education for 44 years, Doris retired in 2005 from the University of Hawai’i where she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Doris has shattered many glass ceilings in her career, serving as the first Asian American woman and woman of color in many posts. These include serving as Vice President of Student Affairs for the University of Hawai’i System and University of Hawai’i- Manoa and leading as President of NASPA and the NASPA Foundation.
While Dr. Ching may be retired from a university post, she is still actively involved with NASPA and serves on many community boards at a local, national and international level. What is clear from any interaction with Doris is her commitment to students and especially students underserved through traditional models of higher education. Through every leadership role she has taken she has worked tirelessly on behalf of others to provide opportunities for advancement. This is evident in her current roles serving to mentor and guide upcoming women leaders through the Alice Manicur Symposium and the Advisory Council of Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF).
A few of the accolades bestowed upon Dr. Ching include:
- NASPA Pillar of the Profession
- Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA
- University of Hawai’i Alumni Distinguished Alumna Award
- Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award
Doris earned her doctorate from Arizona State University and both her masters and bachelors in education from the University of Hawai’i.
Thank you to Dr. Ching for her life-long commitment to advancing student affairs and higher education for all students and for serving as a colleague and mentor to many.
On the opening night of the 2012 NASPA Annual Convention and on the cusp of Gwen Dungy’s retirement as executive director, we would like not only to honor, but to thank Dr. Dungy for her dedication and leadership to not just NASPA, but to the entire profession of student affairs. She has served NASPA at the Executive Director for 17 years, and during that time, she has created bridges and strengthened collaborations.
Dr. Dungy has guided discussions in Jordan, Mexico, South Africa, and Beijing. She has served on numerous community boards and as a trustee to two colleges. She has authored and edited pivotal pieces within the field, including both variations of Learning Reconsidered. In multiple ways, she has served as educator, trainer, colleague, collaborator, and representative for our field, and done so with a well-earned respect from colleagues across the globe.
From Larry Roper, VPSA at Oregon State University,
“One person who has been significant for all of us, many times in a quiet way, is Gwendolyn Dungy. For the last 17 years Gwen has been an incredible leader for NASPA and a tireless advocate on behalf of issues that matter to all student affairs professionals, but especially vigilant towards the concerns of African American students and professionals.”
Dr. Dungy has a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Illinois University, a M.A. degree from Drew University in New Jersey, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. But more than her degrees, she has been the consummate student of student affairs, including all of us in her learning.
Prior to her work at NASPA, she was a senior administrator at the County College of Morris in New Jersey, Montgomery College in Maryland, and Catonsville Community College in Maryland, and a counseling faculty member at St. Louis Community College in Missouri. She also served with the Curriculum and Faculty Development Network and the National Diversity Network at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).
In the latest Leadership Exchange, current NASPA President, Patricia Telles-Irvin, had this to say about Gwen Dungy:
“As executive director of NASPA, Gwen has conducted herself with grace, sensitivity, authenticity, and competence. She has been knowledgeable, strategic, creative, and responsive. Always a good listener, Gwen has been exceptional representative for student affairs.”
So many of us have our own story of Gwen Dungy, how she has influenced or inspired us. I would encourage you to share your thanks for her service either in the comments below or with Gwen herself. From all us, we thank you for your beautiful smile at so many conferences, and your contribution to so much of our development as a field and as professionals.