Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit the online home of the Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA)! Take look around, get to know us and hopefully we will see you at one of our many professional development opportunities and networking events. We strive to provide both a depth and breadth of events for student affairs professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate student from across the state and mid-Atlantic region. We host both formal conferences (Annual Fall Conference, ACPA East Coast Graduate Fair, and our Support Staff Conference) and several informal networking opportunities throughout the state of Maryland. As the year progresses, continue to check out this site as the information will continually be updated. We invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our email list where we share information about upcoming events and local job postings.
As a state division of ACPA: College Student Educators International, we are committed to the vision and goals of our national association. Please check out their website for more information.
If you have questions, are looking to network with area professional, want to become involved in one of our planning teams or just want to hang out with some cool people…MCPA is here for you!
Candace Martinez-Doane Past-President
What is MCPA?
The Maryland College Personnel Association actively seeks to promote the ideology and philosophy of individuals committed to student development in higher education.
MCPA is a division of the American College Personnel Association, ACPA and was charted in 1969. It is our purpose to provide leadership to the student personnel profession in the colleges and universities of the state of Maryland; to advance the contribution of the student personnel administration in higher education through teaching, counseling, research, and commitment to productive change in college student personnel practices to stimulate the professional development of college student personnel administrators within the state; and, to provide liaison between college student personnel and organizations concerned with higher education in the state of Maryland.
Mission and Purpose
More specifically, MCPA dedicates itself to:
promote a variety of collegial interactions among individuals interested in student development; serve as an advocate for the diversity of issues affecting student life; provide programs which enhance student and professional development encourage the use of basic and applied knowledge about students and their development; actively recruit and retain persons of underrepresented populations into MCPA and the field of college student personnel in Maryland; provide leadership to the student personnel profession in the colleges and universities in the state of Maryland; advance the contribution of student personnel administration in higher education through teaching, counseling, research, service and commitment to productive change in college student personnel practices; and,
stimulate the professional development of college student personnel administrators within the state.