The North Dakota Network for Women in Higher Education state coordinator leads the efforts of the ACE Network (formerly the National Identification Program), a national grassroots network of state organizations for women in higher education. State coordinators organize state planning committees that sponsor programs to identify qualified women leaders, develop their leadership in a variety of ways, advance them into administrative positions in higher education, and assist them with staying power.
Jill R. Nelson is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Leadership in the College of Human Development and Education at North Dakota State University (NDSU) she is also an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Jill’s research interests include faculty development and mentoring, shame and shame resilience, clinical counseling practices, and clinical supervision. She has been at NDSU for 10 years in the counselor education and supervision program, including three and a half years as program coordinator. In her current role as associate dean, her primary goal is to support faculty through mentoring, encouragement, and professional development, helping faculty to become leaders in their professional lives. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator candidate, and facilitates workshops and leadership trainings using the Daring Way curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.
Dr. Nelson received her B.A. degree in Psychology and German from the University of South Dakota, as well as her M.A. degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University in Kent, OH. She has done more than 50 presentations, written several articles, and a book. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society. She has served on the NDSU Institutional Review Board, the Faculty Development Committee, and held several leadership roles in the counselor education program and discipline. She has received several awards, including the Emerging Researcher Award, the Robert and Patty Hendrickson Faculty Development Award, the James Lebedeff Endowed Professorship, and the David K. Brooks Jr. Professional Service Award.
Co-Chair - Kara Gravley-Stack currently serves as the Director of Diversity Initiatives at North Dakota State University. In this role, she directs the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Equity and Diversity Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Programs at the university. She also recently coordinated efforts to conduct the institution's third comprehensive Campus Climate for Diversity Assessment. With extensive experience in developing and conducting diversity-related training workshops at NDSU, Gravley-Stack has also developed and taught undergraduate courses related to civic engagement, LGBTQ studies, and cultural diversity. Her previous positions have been within the areas of service-learning, civic engagement, student activities, and residential life.
Gravley-Stack received her B.S. degree in English and Communication/Business from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), her M.S. degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her Ph.D. degree in Education, with an emphasis on Institutional Analysis, from NDSU. Her research focus has been on the means by which postsecondary educational leaders institutionalize diversity initiatives, including the ways in which institutional artifacts represent commitment to diversity and the role of the Chief Diversity Officer.
At the institution, Gravley-Stack has served on a number of institutional committees including the President's Diversity Council, the Equity and Diversity Advisory Council, the Anti-racism Team, the President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Council on Improving Retention, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy Advisory Committee, the Women and Gender Studies Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Senate Equity and Diversity Committee.
Gravley-Stack has been active in her community as a Girl Scout troop leader and, most recently, as an elected official on the West Fargo School Board. Previously, she has served on the YWCA of Cass (ND)-Clay (MN) Emergency Shelter's advisory board and on the board of directors for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Nokomis Child Care Centers, and the North Dakota Women's Network.