NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program
What is NUFP?
The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. At Lewis & Clark, NUFP is also a campus-based experience designed to provide Fellows with a broad understanding of higher education in general and the student affairs profession in particular in order to explore a career in student affairs.
By mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, this semi-structured program diversifies and broadens the pipeline of our profession. Students and mentors apply as a pair. If accepted into the program, students are then known as Fellows and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events.
There are over 100 colleges and universities that support NUFP participants. This year, Lewis & Clark is looking for students who seek to gain knowledge about the work that we do. By meeting periodically with a mentor, fellows and their mentors participate in an ongoing exchange designed to help the fellow learn more about the work you do, explore careers in higher education, gain leadership skills.
The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.
NUFP Program Elements
To provide an experience in Student Affairs:
- Mentor relationships
- Understanding the history, mission, purpose, institutions and structures
- Goal setting and Strengths-Based evaluation
- Literature about student affairs
- Campus-based experiences
To provide an opportunity for Professional development:
- Networking opportunities
- Attending conferences
Leadership Institute, student internships and workshops
- Identify and develop personal, academic and career goals
- Explore career opportunities and graduate programs post graduation
To provide enhancement of skill sets associated with NUFP and NASPA:
- Writing, research and presentation skills
- Ethical decision making skills
- Cultural Comptency Skills