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Michael de Vera

Professional Development Analysis & Plan

SDAD 579

Competencies Advising and Helping

Self-Assessment 4- My strengths in this area include perceiving and analyzing unspoken dynamics in a group setting, facilitating group decision-making and goal setting, and managing conflicts. I could improve in this area by deepening my understanding of mental health and interpersonal violence issues.


Assessment, Evaluation & Research

COUN 510: I learned and applied counseling techniques (providing feedback, paraphrasing, etc.) EDUC 513: I explored learning theories including Kolbs Learning Styles Blooms Taxonomy on how it could be applied to gauging student learning on a one-to-one setting Housing & Residence Life, Seattle University: As an Assistant Resident Director, I have met with students/student leaders for a variety of different reasons (personal check-in, conduct hearings, roommate mediations) on both group and one-to-one settings 3- I can differentiate among EDUC 500: assessment, program Introduced to basic review, evaluation, research knowledge planning, and research and and skills of producing the methodologies research within the appropriate to each; and context of higher assess the trustworthiness education. and other aspects of quality SDAD 595: Performed in qualitative studies and research on the assess the transferability of perceptions of allyship these findings to current of students of color at work settings. I think I Seattle University in need to develop in the order to inform intermediate level. practice at Seattle University. Divisional Assessment Work

Future strategies for Improvement/Development In my next position, I will take the initiative to talk to CAPS or an equivalent office to understand the process of professionals dealing with a student of concern. I want to specifically know what the options are for students of concern with certain mental health conditions and what resources can be provided. This will allow me to understand my role in the whole situation, so I can have a more effective discussion with the student in my office.

In the near future, I will learn and explore research and assessment instrumentation tools including Student Voice and the Educational Benchmarking Institute by sifting through the data collected by HRL. In addition, I will have a discussion with an experienced professional on the impact of departmental assessment within an office in order to create one with minimal

Human & Organizational Resources

3- I can relate to most of the characteristics at the basic level the most. This includes doing basic monitoring of the budget, demonstrating effective stewardship with resources, and developing/disseminating agendas for meetings. I need to work on knowing campus protocols for responding to significant campus events and crises, as well as explain the liability and risk as they affect ones work.

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

4- Strengths in this area include integrating cultural knowledge with specific and relevant cultural issues on campus, identifying systemic barriers to equality and inclusiveness

Group, Seattle University: As a participant, I learned from various professionals the basic knowledge and skills in performing a departmental assessment Housing & Residence Life, Seattle University: As a cosupervisor of Resident Assistants and supervisor of Desk Assistants, I have had to monitor the budget and instituted budget proposals for LivingLearning Community programs. Seattle University Student Development Association, Seattle University: As SUSDA Chairperson, I have had to advocate and be creative about resources to the club as well as lead biweekly Executive Team meetings. EDAD 570: As a student in the course, I worked with a group on a project titled the Impetus of Organizational Leadership. SDAD 578: As a student, I expanded my knowledge on identity development and performed service learning by leading multicultural

detrimental effects. I will have a discussion with an experienced professional on how findings can inform practice.

In my next position, I will demonstrate mastery in responding to campus crises and significant events by being detail-oriented and critical during training. I will demonstrate mastery in articulating liability and risk by taking detailed notes during training and revisit these notes periodically. I will explore stewardship by engaging in conversations with my professional network

Engage in discussion with peers and professionals about thoughtful hiring decision-making that is inclusive and fair. Speak with a SSAO

and advocate for means of dismantling them, and facilitate others learning and practice of social justice concepts. Areas of improvement include engaging in fair/inclusive/proactive hiring practices, as well as creating ongoing strategic plans for continued development of diversity initiatives and inclusive practices.

Law, Policy & Governance

competency workshops for college students who volunteer at underprivileged public schools. Housing & Residence Life, Seattle University: A significant portion of summer training is dedicated to enhancing multicultural competency. The department is continuously in discussion on how to make the physical infrastructure, policies, and procedures more inclusive and accessible to diverse populations. SDAD 595: Performed research on the perceptions of allyship of students of color at Seattle University in order to inform practice at Seattle University. Reported findings to Housing & Residence Life as well as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 2- I have a basic SDAD 580: I have understanding in this area. learned the impact of More specifically, I have laws on private versus had experience in public institutions as implementing policies well as analyzed the developed by a department, effect of core law and can describe the federal concepts in case study and state role in higher scenarios. education. I need to Housing & Residence improve in this area Life, Seattle tremendously. Some key University: I have had areas to work on include to hold student leaders

about continued development in current diversity initiatives and inclusive practices. Take a leadership role in the NASPA API KC Attend an NCORE or Social Justice Leadership Institute

Discuss with an experienced professional on risk management and liability reduction strategies. Read higher education journals that focus on policies including The Journal of General Education and The Journal of Higher

explaining the concepts of risk management and liability reduction strategies, as well as describing the public debates surrounding major policy issues in higher education.

Ethical Professional Practice

History, Philosophy & values

accountable of following HRL policy and implement accountability procedures during times of new policies. Community Programs Office, UCLA: I have studied the impact of the repeal of Affirmative Action to the Filipino student population at UCLA. 3- I definitely think I can Housing & Residence grow in this area. In this Life, Seattle area, I can identify ethical University: As a issues in the course of Graduate Assistant, I ones job, recognize the have had to follow legal influences on ethical protocols that were statements within different created by federal/state functional areas. I need to regulations (FERPA, be able to articulate my food handling, Title personal code of ethics and IX). In addition, I have how it aligns with ethical also been confronted statements/codes from with several ethical professional student affairs learning moments that associations surround hiring, disciplinary actions, and mandatory reporting. SDAD 564-6: I articulated my ethical values framed by Dalton (1999). 4- In this area, I can explain SDAD 559: I engaged how todays practice is in discussions informed by historical surrounding the context, actively engage in upbringing of service to student affairs community colleges, professional associations, the impact they have and partner with faculty of had in each geographic teaching and research region, and how the regarding the profession. mission of the In order to grow, I need to community college actively engage in service system has changed.


Speak with experienced professionals on shaping of personal code of ethics Tease out and connect my professional mission statement to my personal code of ethics

Take a leadership role in a national professional association like NASPA or APAN Incorporate student affairs theory, historical significance, and principles to a staff meeting. Recruit undergraduate leaders into student

and leadership in academia and associations and also teach the principles of the profession to staff.

Student Learning & Development

4- In this competency area, I am able to design programs/services that promote student learning and development that are based on current research as well as utilize theory-topractice to inform individual or unit practice. In order to further my development, I need to create effective syllabi and lesson plans as well as create and assess effective learning outcomes.

SDAD 577: I have studied the different institutional archetypes of higher education and foundational documents that have had strongly influenced the field. College of Education, Seattle University: With the supervision of Dr. Erica Yamamura, I coordinated and conducted focus groups for firstgeneration college students at Jesuit institutions. Seattle University Student Development Association, Seattle University: I have taken a leadership role in representing SUSDA and networking at professional development opportunities. TRIO Services, Highline Community College: As an intern, I developed/am developing a lesson plan for advocacy based on current research and focus groups. Divisional Assessment Work Group, Seattle University: I was taught the relationship between program learning objectives,


Create syllabi for Highline internship Formulate lesson plans that align with learning objectives As a supervisor, I need to be more inclusive of learning styles when teaching


3- In this area, I seek opportunities to develop my leadership skills and can identify the basic fundamentals of teamwork and teambuilding. I can improve on using technology to support the leadership process and articulate how traditions, mores, and organizational structures influence others to act in the organization.

goals, outcomes, mission, and vision in connection to assessment. SDAD 578: I learned several theories that speak on the identity development of students across different spectrums (racial, faith, cognitive). Seattle University Student Development Association, Seattle University: As Chairperson, I have integrated teamwork into many aspects of SUSDA by encouraging collaboration, inclusion and feedback. EDAD 580: Throughout the course, I have gained the knowledge to describe my own leadership characteristics and philosophy. Housing & Residence Life, Seattle University: As a Graduate Assistant, I have learned the Theory of Group Formation, and have worked with teams on multiple capacities (live-in staff, professional development committee, RA staff, DA staff).

Utilize social media more in a community setting (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) Identify stakeholders by using power mapping Encourage leadership for underrepresented students by creating or connecting avenues.

Personal Foundations

3- In this area, I can identify key elements of my set of personal beliefs and commitments and describe the importance of my professional and personal life to self. I can improve on articulating an understanding of others attitudes, values, beliefs, assumptions, and identity as they affect my work and analyze the effect of my health and wellness on others.

SDAD 579: I have had to articulate my beliefs, vocational purpose, and strengths through various mediums (cover letters, mock interviews, assignments). EDAD 570: I have been given a framework to identify my leadership style, personal values, and personal/professional mission. Housing & Residence Life, Seattle University: As a supervisor of student staff, I have employed typology exercises to help them understand themselves and their effect on others.

Listen to staff and team members strengths, weaknesses, and narratives; incorporate them into my work with them. Find sources of motivation and challenge by journaling during pivotal moments that display either.

Plan In five years, I aspire to be a professional that promotes collective leadership, grows in integrity, and a challenges through navigating tough conversations. Leading within a circle is something I was socialized in during my undergraduate career, and therefore is an element that I brought coming into the SDA program. With the skills I have learned during my SDA experience, I feel more confident in encouraging collective leadership amongst my colleagues. However I need to be more confident in my ability to lead and follow through. This involves actively listening to peers and believing that they trust in me. Another crucial element in my career plan is to develop in my integrity. Coming from a collective leadership perspective, I have usually prioritized group harmony, which is good, but has halted my own moral growth. I have gone a long way in finding my own moral footing, but I realize that I can still be wishy-washy at times. Instead of perceiving myself as simply wishywashy, I need to explore the complex ways in which I think and how I stand morally depending on the contexts. Speaking with professionals about the importance of upholding moral standards is something I hope to do as an emerging professional. Lastly, I hope to be in a position where I can directly enrich lives of students and colleagues especially in times when they are most vulnerable. This is typically a cathartic and rewarding experience for me and is the basis for my passion for student affairs. Again, I can still improve in my confidence with interacting with students on a one-on-one level. I need to be more knowledgeable about policies and opportunities that can impact a student going through the darkest of moments (mental health issues, sexual harassment, suicide ideation). More importantly, I want to feel okay and justified in my actions even if the results are not what I expected.