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New Beginnings

Western Regional Conference of Student Affairs Day (WRCSAD) Tweeting
This past weekend, I attended the WRCSAD Conference at CSU Long Beach, which I was interested in attending due to my interests in access and equity. I attened the following sessions: Working with TRiO, Profesionals of Color, Social Media in Student Affairs, and Research in Student Affairs. The session I was most looking forward to was the one focused on social media, however, it was not what I expected it to be. I thought it would discuss more about strategies used in student affairs to harness the power of social media. It made me realize that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in synthesizing and understanding ways that social media can facilitate educational access and equity--because I believe it can be a great tool for those very purposes! The session still seemed useful, especially for attendees who may not have considered ways social media could facilitate their own scholarly and professional endeavors. Aside from the sessions, I did meet many great students and professionals that I hope to stay in contact and collaborate with. Attending this conference also helped me realize that I think I would be happy in this field. Given my background as a college access advocate and having worked with schools and nonprofits, the practitioner in me yearns for experiences such as those again, so I hope to nourish that part of me soon. 

you can see, I have quite a lot on my plate right now aside from my coursework and upcoming qualifying exams, but this academic year promises to be an amazing one--especially as I delve more into the HASTAC Community. Thank you for selecting and having me!

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