Saint Louis University was the recipient of two national Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) awards during the annual spring conference, hosted in Orlando, Fla. JASPA annually recognizes select student affairs professionals and campus programs, selected from nominations from the 28 American Jesuit colleges and universities.
Kristin Clemens, program coordinator for the Student Involvement Center, was honored with the JASPA Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs. This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the early years of their careers and have demonstrated an early record of success and great skill and professional ability.
Clemens serves as the coordinator for Fraternity Life and advises the Interfraternity Council. She is also the advisor for the Great Issues Committee and coordinates iLEAD, SLU's Servant Leadership certificate program. Starting at the University in June 2011, Clemens has excelled in her role at the Student Involvement Center by revising the iLEAD curriculum and creating a new member education experience for fraternity and sorority members. She has also established learning outcomes and assessments applicable to her roles in the Student Involvement Center and currently leads training exercises for fellow colleagues. During her time at SLU, Clemens has developed strong working relationships with students, faculty and staff and is committed to promoting the mission of the University.
The Cross Cultural Center and AAMS staff were also recognized with the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award in recognition of the African American Male Scholars (AAMS) Initiative. This award is given annually to programs, initiatives, groups or individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to issues of diversity and social justice in Jesuit higher education.
AAMS is designed to retain and ensure the graduation of African American male students at Saint Louis University. AAMS provides programs, services and experiences that connect African-American male students to university and community resources that facilitate their academic and personal success. Through this mission, AAMS students are exposed to peer education opportunities, mentorships with African-American males from the SLU community, and academic and leadership workshops. The comprehensive approach that AAMS provides to its students ensures that they not only graduate from SLU, but also develop holistically as leaders.
The AAMS Initiative will host its spring panel and speaker night at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center. St. Louis-area educators, community leaders and students will begin the evening with a panel discussing the role of black men in higher education. After the panel, famed actor and author Hill Harper will deliver a lecture titled "Manifest Your Destiny" that outlines the tenets of his acclaimed series of empowering books.
More information about JASPA and the national awards program can be found at the association's website.