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About Us:

The Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) is an independent, regional, and generalist association designed for the professional development of practitioners, educators, and students engaged in the student affairs profession.

The guiding principles below serve as the cornerstone for SACSA’s impact on higher learning.

SACSA Vision Statement:

The Southern Association for College Student Affairs is committed to being the preeminent generalist organization for practitioners, educators, and students engaged in the student affairs profession.

SACSA Mission Statement:

The mission of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs is to advance:

  • Opportunities for professional development;
  • Scholarship, research, and ethical practice; and
  • Understanding of issues impacting students and the student affairs profession, while fostering our core values of inclusiveness, professionalism, and collegiality.

SACSA Core Values:

The core values below represent the ideals on which the Southern Association for College Student Affairs was built and from which it continues to prosper.  The Core Values of Inclusiveness, Professionalism, and Collegiality shall permeate all governance, decisions, operations and activities of the association.

  • Inclusiveness: Diversity, History, Affordability, Accessibility, Involvement 
  • Professionalism: Research, Scholarship, Practice, Expertise, Professional Development, Integrity, Learning
  • Collegiality: Mentoring, Collaboration, Regional Commitment, Volunteerism, Fellowship, Traditions, Networking

Statement on Inclusion:

SACSA recognizes and is committed to our core value of inclusiveness. SACSA values and supports the diversity of all of our members. SACSA is committed to the development and implementation of programs and resources that promote our commitment to inclusiveness. SACSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, economic status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, veterans status, age, ability, ethnic background in any of our volunteer activities, programs, policies and procedures; SACSA will actively promote diversity and inclusion in all of or our programs and services.

Statement on Conference Locations:

In support of SACSA’s Core Value to Inclusiveness, SACSA will make every effort to select conference cities and locations that provide comprehensive non-discrimination policies that provide protection for all attendees. Recognizing that our members are located in many states, we also believe it is important to support our colleagues in all states. In cases where cities do not have comprehensive non-discrimination policies or allow for the exclusion of any person(s)the conference planning team must ensure the following practices are in place:
  • All venues including hotel space, off-site excursions, and any other space which hosts SACSA events, must have established non-discrimination policies.
  • Conference planners and volunteers must plan, promote and implement educational programs focused on inclusion and best practices.
  • Conference materials must include the non-discrimination policies for all venues.
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