Jailani Harris (’22) Awarded NASPA Fellowship

The National Association of Student Affairs Administration (NASPA) selected Jailani Harris (’22) as part of its Undergraduate Fellows Program for the 2021-22 academic year.

“Being accepted into NASPA’s fellowship program offers many opportunities for me to be successful,” Harris said. “NASPA is known for being a source for leadership, scholarship and professional development. I will be assigned a mentor to help me with my graduate school search, job interviews, resume, cover letter, personal statement and so much more. There are professional conferences and development seminars which will give me the opportunity to achieve my goal with the fellowship.”

Jailani Harris (’22)

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background, those having a disability and those identifying as LGBTQ.

Kim Walsh, associate dean of students, has seen first-hand how hard-earned the fellowship is for Harris and knows she is deserving.

“I am so excited that Jailani was offered to be a part of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program,” she said. “In Jailani’s undergraduate experience, she discovered a passion for student development through her involvement in leadership positions on campus. In her numerous leadership roles, Jailani developed programs to give voice to our marginalized students while also providing opportunities for those in the majority to learn and grow. Additionally, Jailani worked diligently with our incoming students to aid in their successful transition to Loras.”

Through the fellowship, Harris is excited to build on her experiences at Loras as she looks forward to a professional career in student development.

“My goals throughout my participation in this fellowship are to familiarize myself with new perspectives and learn from professionals at different colleges and universities. One day I hope to use what I have learned at Loras and other universities to ensure that the future college students I am leading and working with receive the best experience and advice possible. My own development and growth are extremely important to my success within this program. I hope to discover my focus area, learn about the many areas within student affairs and get a basic understanding of how different departments work together,” she said.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Their work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and eight U.S. territories.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).