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The mission of the Student Development Commission is to provide professional development and leadership opportunities for student affairs practitioners and others throughout the state who actively encourage students to realize their fullest potential and reach their educational, life and career goals.


Student Development - Through our network we:

AFC SDC Board May 2015

  • Promote student service programs throughout the regions and statewide
  • Share ideas and enhance professional development by offering conferences and workshops
  • Discuss common problems and concerns
  • Gather data and conduct surveys relative to various student service functions
  • Represent the interests of our colleagues at various state meetings
  • Coordinate activities with other commissions
  • Acknowledge outstanding student service practices through the Exemplary Practice Awards competition
  • Recognize practitioners who are considered exceptionally effective and active in the local AFC chapter as well as the Student Development Commission through special service awards
  • Provide a means for the exchange of ideas and an update about regional activities through the publication of our newsletter, The Network.

Welcome - A Message from the 2022 Chair


Commission Resources

  1. Executive Board
  2. Announcements
  3. Who We Are
  4. Bylaws and Standing Rules
  5. Newsletter
  6. Awards and Recognition
  7. Social Media


Chair: Dianne Valdivia, Miami Dade College, email: [email protected]; Phone: 305-237-8746

Chair-Elect: Sheila Fabius, Broward College, email: [email protected]

Immediate Past Chair: Woosly Calixte, Broward College

Recording Secretary: Sonya Warden, College of Central Florida; email: [email protected]; Phone: 352-873-6179

Treasurer: Olga Asimbaya, Sante Fe College; email: [email protected]; Phone: 352-395-5461

Region I Representative: April Leake, Northwest Florida State College, email: [email protected]

Region II Representative: Bryan Stewart, Florida State College at Jacksonville; email: [email protected]; Phone: (904) 633-5966

Region III Representative: Dr. Harry Holdorf, Eastern Florida State College; email: [email protected]

Region IV Representative: Nicole Hiers, Hillsborough Community College, email: [email protected]

Region V Representative: Paris Sepulveda-Smith, Palm Beach State College; email: [email protected]; Phone: (561) 868-3335

Council of Student Affairs Liaison: Karen Wallace, Indian River State College; email: [email protected]

Exemplary Practice Chair: Geoffrey Nelson, Seminole State College; email: [email protected]


Save the Date: SDC 2022 Spring Conference - Thursday, May 19, 2022

Student Development Commission 2021 Spring Conference



The Student Development Commission Newsletter, The Network, is published electronically four times a year.

AFC SDC The Network_February 2022.pdf

SDC 2021 Pre-Conference Newsletter
 (to download the PDF version)

SDC 2020 Pre-Conference Newsletter

SDC 2019 Post-AFC Conference Newsletter

SDC 2019 Pre-AFC Conference Newsletter

SDC 2018 Post-AFC Conference Newsletter

SDC 2020 Pre-Conference Newsletter


Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Student Development Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws and Standing Rules:

Standing Rules (as of May 2019)

Bylaws (as of May 2019)


2021 Award Winners

Exemplary Practice Award – 2021 Finalist/Winner

Pensacola State College (Winner)
Chipola College
Polk State College

2019 Award Winners

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award: Jackie Beard, Florida Southwestern State College
Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Development Advancement Award: Jewell Threatts, Tallahassee Community College
Student Leader Connection Award: Anas Al-Humiari, Tallahassee Community College

Exemplary Practice Award - 2019 Finalists/Winner

Broward CollegeStudent Life Leadership Retreat (Winner)
Lake Sumter State College - Employer Exploration Program Project
Seminole State CollegeFull Spectrum Project 


Cameron Hall Practitioner Award:  June Gibson, NWF State College
Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Development Advancement Award:  Geraldine Perez, Seminole State College
Student Leader Connection Award:  Tiffanie Hidle, Seminole State College


Indian River State College  - Emerging Leaders Program
St. Petersburg College – Smart Start Orientation
Seminole State College – Presidents and Deans List through Recognition
Gulf Coast State College – Student Development Through Travel


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