Associates for Student Development

Our History and Mission

The Associates for Student Development is a graduate student organization with membership limited to Student Affairs in Higher Education degree candidates. Its mission is to promote professional development through discussions of current issues, movements, and/or changes in higher education, as well as to enhance rapport between members of the SAHE community by serving as a forum for the dissemination of information at regular meetings throughout the academic year.

There are also social events that ASD coordinates, providing community within the cohort (e.g., SAHE Kick-off, Thanksgiving Dinner, Game Nights). ASD provides its members with opportunities to participate in a mentor/mentee program at the beginning of the year. Your mentor will be a second-year student and will help you become acquainted with SAHE as well as the benefits of ASD. A one-time participation fee of $20 helps to defer the cost of events and support the résumé project.


All members of ASD can join one of the various committees, which are overseen by the executive board. These include the Service Committee, Professional Development Committee, and Social Committee. Special committees, such as Opening Kick-Off Committee, and Banquet Committee, are formed throughout the year as well with departmental supervision.

The 2021-2022 ASD Executive Board2021–22 ASD Officers

  • President: Marc Vukotich
  • Vice President of Finance and Membership: Justin Lew
  • Vice President of Communications: Abreeya Darda
  • Vice President of Professional Development: CeCe Martz
  • Vice President of Programming: Matthew Grayo
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Segar

Follow us on Instagram: @iupsahe.asd

The Graduate Student Assembly is a consortium of IUP graduate students who collectively work on issues pertinent to the graduate students of the IUP campuses. As GSA's decisions affect us—their events are open to all ASD members—we work closely to provide support for their organization.

Professional Organizations

Student Affairs has many professional organizations linked to functional areas. Below, you will find links to the broad organizations for student affairs.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
NASPA is the largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate students.
American College Personnel Association
ACPA provides outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning.
Pennsylvania College Personnel Association
PCPA serves student affairs personnel in higher education in Pennsylvania.