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As Josh Doak, assistant director of Student Life at Baker University, wraps up his term as coordinator of the National Association for Campus Activities Student Government Institute – East, he has a new opportunity to hone his student affairs skills. Doak was selected to participate in a 2018-19 regional cohort of the Supporting, Expanding and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence Academy conducted by NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education.

Doak will be a member of the NASPA Region IV – West SERVE cohort. The program engages members in a cohort experience to learn about the organization, develop a project that will contribute to the strategic priorities of NASPA in the region, and connect with a seasoned NASPA region volunteer leader as a mentor. Joshua Alvarez, assistant director of Support and Safety Assessment at Colorado State University, will mentor Doak.

“I am excited to take the topics that we discuss during our cohort meetings and discuss them with the Baker University students that I specifically interact with for Fraternity Sorority Life, Student Senate, and Baker Serves service-learning initiatives,” said Doak. “Participating in the SERVE program will provide me with further education and information from different viewpoints so that I can engage Baker University students in higher education topic conversations.”

Doak is one of two cohort participants from Kansas and the only cohort member that represents a private institution.

As August ends, so ends Doak’s term as the coordinator of the NACA Student Government Institute – East. In this role, he led a team of 10 student affairs professionals from around the country. This national institute hosted more than 150 student government leaders from more than 40 campuses. This year’s institute occurred in July at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Josh continues to represent Baker University and its mission to assure student learning and develop confident, competent, and responsible contributors to society,” said Randy Flowers, assistant dean of students and director of Student Life at Baker. “Not only does he do this with the students he interacts with daily, but he also models our mission within the greater higher education community. Through Josh’s leadership, I see him continuing to be a leader on and off campus and an ambassador for the university. I am proud of Josh’s dedication and continued efforts to become a top university leader.”

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