The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 17 departments, about 100 professional staff, and over 250 paraprofessional staff who provide programs and services that are outside of the classroom setting, but designed to complement the academic mission of WCU and contribute to the overall growth and development of our students.
West Chester University Student Affairs will be nationally respected among public universities for its excellence in achieving inclusivity while creating transformative experiences for every student that inspire life-long discovery and positive action.
West Chester University Student Affairs staff are educators who design and facilitate high-quality co-curricular experiences to develop students’ personal, professional, and intellectual talents, preparing them to learn, lead, and serve.
We value an outcomes-based, socially and fiscally responsible environment in which integrity, open communication, and assessment demonstrate the impact of our work.
We value mutually beneficial partnerships, both within and outside of the University, to accomplish shared goals.
We value acknowledging and developing the whole individual, supporting their intellectual, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual needs.
We value acquiring knowledge and skills, fostering healthy behaviors, and clarifying values –both in and out of the classroom.
We value the respect, worth, and dignity of each member of the West Chester University community, fostering equitable access for all, and challenging systems of oppression.
Goal Statement: Develop intentional and varied opportunities for students to engage on campus and within the broader community.
1) Leverage technology/multimedia platforms to engage students, communicate our programs
and services, and provide learning opportunities.
2) Develop stronger mutually beneficial partnerships with our internal and external stakeholders in order to better engage our students in learning opportunities.
Goal Statement: Promote the comprehensive health, wellness, and safety of all students to create a community of care.
1) Provide education, training, and treatment for students regarding healthy living.
2) Provide coaching to students regarding impact of decisions related to health, wellness, and safety to recognize and encourage personal accountability.
Goal Statement: Promote responsible stewardship of human, fiscal, and physical resources needed to achieve success for our departments and to ensure the standards of our profession.
1) Expand existing and establish new funding sources.
2) Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff of all levels (paraprofessional, support, entry, middle, and senior).
3) Engage in long-range planning to ensure sustainability.
Goal Statement: Create an environment that understands, recognizes, and embraces social justice as a primary component of the campus community.
1) Infuse social justice knowledge into the policies, programs, and services to positively
impact campus climate and beyond.
2) Provide professional development for all Student Affairs staff, paraprofessionals, and students on how to understand and think critically about systems of oppression, privilege and equity.
3) Conduct policy and practice reviews to identify and challenge formal and informal systems of oppression that might exist within.
4) Analyze current data to identify salient areas and holes within the campus climate.
Goal Statement: Create an environment of outcome/evidence-based practices and data informed decision making to engage our diverse student population and impact student success.
1) Utilize WCU’s Student Affairs Learning Domains to inform Student Affairs’ programs
and services that contribute to student success from orientation through graduation
2) Utilize data and assessment results for program improvement.
Civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal, political and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
Integrative learning is an understanding and disposition that a student builds across their personal, curricular and co-curricular lives, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new and complex situations.
Integrative Learning Rubric
Intercultural fluency means valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
Personal development includes both intra- and inter-personal elements. Intrapersonal development refers to an individual’s self-understanding and the extent to which they engage in selecting and living by their personal values and beliefs. Interpersonal development refers to an individual’s ability to build and maintain meaningful and healthy relationships, work collaboratively, and lead others.
Personal Development Rubric
Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Problem solving is the process of designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer a question or achieve a desired goal.
The exchange of information orally, non-verbally, and in writing, with individuals, groups and external audiences using multiple modes, including technology and related applications.
Throughout the Division of Student Affairs, you will find friendly professionals who care student success and our students' personal development while they are at West Chester University.
Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Terry Beattie, Director of Athletics
TBD, Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health, & Wellness
Dr. Sara Hinkle, Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services & Special Projects
Dr. Judy Kawamoto, Assistant Vice President for Student Development
Dr. Gerald Martin, Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students
Ms. Amanda Thomas, Executive Director of Assessment and Planning
Ms. Melissa Wrightstone, Executive Director of Finance
Ms. Diane D'Arcangelo, Executive Associate for the Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Kim McCann, Administrative Assistant for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Assessment and Planning
Ms. Trudy Cruice, Executive Associate to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students
Ms. Shelley Gabries, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Ms. Christy Lanshe, Student Assistance and Business Outreach Manager
Ms. Paige Carey, Administrative Assistant for the Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services & Special Projects and the Assistant Vice President for Student Development