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A Message From Janelle Rae

Janelle Rae serves as the Dean of Students at Spalding University, providing vision and support to the Student Development and Campus Life department, which includes housing, counseling, student leadership, service learning, campus activities, student conduct, peer support, and student health. Janelle has served Spalding for ten years with a focus on student leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the roles of Director of Residence Life and Campus Activities, Director of Student Leadership and Multicultural Services, and Director of Inclusive Engagement. She is a founding member of Spalding's Equity Collective, an ad hoc committee of faculty and staff committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. The daughter of Air Force veterans, Janelle has committed her career to the not-for-profit sector. After volunteering as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, Janelle worked as a Program Manager for LIFT in Washington, D.C., a national nonprofit that supports parents in breaking the cycle of poverty. Upon moving to Louisville in 2007, Janelle worked at Louisville Public Media, a community-supported news and entertainment hub. Janelle currently serves on the board of directors of Pandora Productions, an LGBTQ+ theatre company whose vision is to create profound relatedness and belonging by and for our diverse human community, and The Big Table, a giant community potluck designed to bring people together across culture and food. She is a founding member of the Synergy Project with Lean into Louisville, an initiative that brought police officers and community members together in facilitated conversation to share their stories and ideas on how to improve their relationships with each other. Janelle loves learning about the human experience and supporting the capacity for people to be in authentic relationship with themselves and each other. Janelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a Master of Social Work at Spalding University, and is pursuing her Ed. D. in Leadership. Her research interest is racial literacy and leadership.



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In Support of ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.