N4A Region 1 Conference Wraps Up at GW
Athletics Department Hosts Thought Leaders in Student-Athlete Development
The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) brought its Region 1 Conference to the George Washington University on Sunday and Monday to discuss a series of topics relating to the academic, social and career pursuits of student-athletes.
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, GW and its Athletic Department have proven to be a center of engagement beyond the campus and DC community and into national and global conversations. As the back-to-back winners of the NCAA-sponsored Community Service Challenge, GW Athletics is leading through action to fulfill its mantra to build champions in competition, classroom and the community.
At N4A, more than 50 people from 27 institutions exchanged ideas and best practices in educational support, diversity and inclusion initiatives, study abroad programs, uncovering bias and shattering stereotypes, the impact of stress, and notably within an Athletics Department at GW that boasts 76 international student-athletes from 37 countries – close to 15 percent of all student-athletes – what to know when working with students from areas that span the globe.
To Courtney Hoffmann, an academic support assistant at GW who works directly with more than 100 student-athletes from six teams, bringing the conference to Foggy Bottom was a natural fit.
“For GW, it allows us to showcase our best practices and affords us the opportunity to learn from other institutions,” noted Hoffman. “For example, our region is made up of a variety of institutions and by having them here, it presents an occasion to network and grow with like-minded professionals.”
On a campus that regularly hosts world leaders, dignitaries and luminaries in government, business, sports, media, the arts and sciences, N4A fit right in.
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