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Week 3: September 17 - September 21, 2012 by Brandon Dyson
This has been quite an eventful week!  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join Jen at the AACP Student Affairs and Experiential Education Workshop in San Antonio, Texas.  I would like to take a brief moment to give my sincere thanks to both Jen and to AACP for affording me the opportunity to attend this workshop.  Not only was it a great experience that taught me new perspectives—it also introduced me to dozens of new professional contacts and was a lot of fun!

There were three tracks in this workshop: Administration of Experiential Education, Scholarship in your field, and Professionalism & Student Affairs.  I was permitted to choose which track to follow based on my interests, so I chose to follow the Professionalism & Student Affairs track.  The workshop started with all three tracks together for an amusing “icebreaker” activity that involved playing a game of bingo to find out fun facts about our colleagues in attendance.  After that, we split into our respective tracks and began.

For the Professionalism and Student Affairs track, we started with a great interactive presentation from the Anti-Defamation League.  The activities throughout the presentation worked to increase our cultural competency and helped us to identify personal biases and stereotypes that we hold.  Although these activities were geared towards experiential directors and other individuals who work with students, the lessons were also applicable to me.  This workshop helped to improve my self-awareness in the strengths and weaknesses I have when communicating with other cultures.  This was an extremely valuable developmental exercise for me.  With continued awareness, I will be better able to communicate with students, colleagues, and patients.  This will make me more effective in any path my future career takes. 

Over the next few days of the Student Affairs and Experiential Education Workshop, I was continuously exposed to intriguing presentations that broadened my appreciation of what it means to work in these areas.  To be quite honest, I had no idea how vital and broad of a role these individuals play in pharmacy education.  I was able to attend sessions where I learned of how much work goes into creating and maintaining relationships with other University offices such as financial aid.  Best practices were also shared among the participants for difficult areas such as how to handle unique problems faced by students.  Further, I learned that the field of student affairs is dynamic, with continuous research being invested into discovering how to best develop students.  All in all, I gained a real appreciation for an area of pharmacy school that I did not know a lot about.  It was humbling to see how much effort goes into student affairs and experiential programs—all with the end goal of helping to improve the quality of education delivered to students.  As a student myself, that is something I can fully appreciate and support.  I would again like to thank AACP for granting me the opportunity to obtain the perspective that I gained by attending the Student Affairs and Experiential Education Workshop.       
 

 
 
 

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