Student Affairs Young Professionals
Student Affairs Young Professionals
The SAYP Committee is representative group of Student Affairs departments.


The Student Affairs Young Professionals Committee was started out to reach out to and promote the professional development of young professionals in the Division of Student Affairs at UMD.  Technically, this refers to full-time exempt employees who are under 35 years old and have worked at the University for 5 years or less.  We won't worry about semantics here - if you identify as a student affairs young professional, we welcome you!

Our group seeks to promote connections, community and professional and personal development among young student affairs educators at the University of Maryland.

Upcoming Events

SAYP coordinates a host of professional development opportunities and social events for the Division. To stay up to date, be sure to find SAYP on Facebook and sign up for the SAYP listserv to receive event invitations.

Upcoming April Programs

April 5: Thriving Workplace in Student Affairs - The SAYP Committee would like to invite you to join the some of your colleagues for a Thriving Workplace mix, mingle and share session. Most units within the division have worked with Monette Bailey, from the Center for Leadership & Organizational Change, to create action steps toward more engaged work environments. During this special 90-min meeting, she'll share division-wide insights and highlights, and we'll have a chance to hear and learn from each other.


Student Affairs Skill Share (SASS)

What is the Student Affairs Skill Share?

The Student Affairs Skill Share, or SASS, is an opportunity to develop professionally, increase knowledge of and experience in a specific area, and gain a better understanding of the various roles within the Division. SASS is open to all exempt, regular staff, and especially newer professionals to participate as mentees. SAYP committee members facilitate this program by recruiting mentors, checking-in with participants, and helping work through any challenges that may arise. All participants must have their supervisor’s approval to be a part of the program. 

For more information about the program, email


Committee Members


  • Daniel Hairfield, Resident Life
  • Jaime Poynter, Student Conduct


  • Simone Livingston, Counseling Center
  • Christine Licata, Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Cait Bjellquist, Parent and Family Affairs
  • Katie Flach, University Recreation & Wellness
  • Tiffany Harris, Resident Life
  • Ray Nardella, Resident Life
  • Julie Andrus, Stamp Student Union
  • Sarah Grun, Stamp Student Union
  • Kate Ratcliffe, Stamp Student Union
  • Jaclyn Sutton, Stamp Student Union
  • Suzie Her, Transportation Services