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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 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 exchange of ideas and an update about regional activities through the publication of our newsletter, The Network.

Welcome - A Message from the 2019 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 - Get Connected


Chair: Mikel James, College of Central Florida, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 352-291-4416

Chair-Elect: Chalah Harris, Seminole State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 407-708-2652

Immediate Past Chair: Lori Cannon, Gulf Coast State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: 850-873-3598

Treasurer: Wendi Garrett, Gulf Coast State College, eMail: [email protected]; Phone: (850) 769-1551 ex. 3471


Information regarding upcoming conferences, exemplary practice, and special contests will be posted here. Check back throughout the year for updates.

2019 Spring Conference Registration is now open!
Please register today at

2019 Spring Conference - Call for Proposals

The AFC Student Development Commission (SDC) invites the submission of engaging and content rich program proposals or panel discussions for our 2019 conference to be held May 14-16, 2018 at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, FL. The conference planning committee is seeking submissions from a diverse range of areas. Each session will last 45 minutes (including Q & A) and should focus on sharing best practices and innovative methodologies with other Student Affairs/Services practitioners, faculty and staff from around the state. Your abstract should not exceed 60 words and be suitable for publication in the program book. Presenting at the Student Development Conference provides an opportunity to build your professional network and learn, reflect and engage with colleagues.

All presenters must be registered/paid participants in the conference.
All conference presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Proposals require the following information:

Program Title:
Intended learning outcomes (please limit to 4):
Audio/Visual Needs (projector, screen, etc)
Presenter(s) Contact Information:
Institution Name(s):

Program Proposal Deadline:
Submit proposal to Chalah Harris [email protected] by April 5, 2019.
After the proposal review process is complete, e-mail notifications will be sent to those who submitted accepted proposals no later than May 3, 2019.


The Student Development Commission Newsletter, The Network, is published electronically four times a year. Click here to read the SDC 2018 Post-AFC 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 2014)

Bylaws (as of May 2015)


The Student Development Commission has established six awards to honor and recognize members of the commission. Click on the links below to view criteria and nomination forms.

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award
Dr. Debra J. Hay Distinguished Award
Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Development Advancement Award
Student Leader Connection Award
Faculty Connection Award
Exemplary Practice Award


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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AFC Connections is our private interactive forum. Within this forum, we have the Student Development Commission Community. Please join the community and connect with us today!

How to Join the Student Development Commission Community:

  1. Visit and click the login button.
  2. Click on the 'My Profile' link.
  3. Click on 'My Features' and select "Circles" - All Circles.
  4. Scroll down to the student development commission community and select it.
  5. Look to the upper right corner of the page and select 'join circle.'

OR Click on the plug to be taken to the Student Development Commission Community and then log on to the website and then click Join Circle:

If you have an issue logging on to the site, first try clicking on the forgot my username AND the forgot my password links. Forgot my username will send you an email with your correct username. Forgot my password will send you a link to reset your password.

If your email address is not found on file, please send a message to [email protected] and a staff member will contact you.