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A Message From Nick Fahnders

Nick Fahnders (he/him) is a scholar-practitioner grounded in a lifelong commitment to assessing and (re)imagining inclusive hiring & fundraising. A majority of his 14+ years working in higher education has been focused on aligning individual talent with specific organizational needs. He has also sustained university outcomes & partnerships by harnessing global, intersecting lenses to ensure that stories are told clearly without identity erasure. As a Director for Professional & Career Development at the University of Chicago, Nick specifically supports the Harris School of Public Policy in strategic priorities ranging from career coaching, employer relations, alumni and donor engagement, leadership programs, data analytics and business operations. While ACPA has been Nick’s primary service platform throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous roles, groups, and publications across industry associations (e.g., NACE; CASE; ACUHO-I). He has authored academic articles and chapters oriented toward strategic planning, inclusive praxis for queer higher education professionals (QHEPs) and more equitable hiring models. Along with his full-time and association work, Nick is currently a PhD candidate at Colorado State University, where his research is focused on evaluating and responding to power dynamics within hiring & fundraising.
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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.