Justin Sipes - Associate Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Justin Sipes received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and his Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio.  

 

Prior to joining the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life with Division of Student Affairs at University of North Florida, Justin worked at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA as the Campus Life Advisor. In this role, he advised student organizations, oversaw the fraternal community, and provided leadership programs to the larger campus community. His two years at Sonoma State University came after completing his graduate degree, where he served as a Graduate Assistant and Greek House Director with the Greek Life Office at Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU, Justin received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service, served as a graduate advisor for Dance Marathon, and interned with the Vice President for Enrollment Services. Justin also served as the Community Living and Student Center Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, where he had a dual-appointment in residence life and student activities.

 

In his short time at University of North Florida, Justin became Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, provided the vision and helped establish the Professional Development Committee for the Division of Student Affairs, was elected Vice President of the Administrator and Professionals Association, and conceived the Innovation Grant program for Student Affairs. He has served as staff leader for two Ospreys In Action alternative Spring Break trips (Hammond, LA and Selma, AL), and has been an active participant with the Center for Community Based Learning summits, co-curricular initiatives, and round-table discussions. In addition, Justin is a member of the University Conduct Board, co-facilitates Safe Space Trainings, sits on the Presidential Excellence Awards Committee, and taught the Intergroup Dialogue course for the Community Based Leadership Minor with the Taylor Leadership Institute.

 

Justin’s passion for professional development led to the creation of the Community Engagement Education Program (CEEP)  as his deliverable for the Community Scholar Program.  CEEP aims at developing the capacity of student affairs professionals in community engagement principles and the self-efficacy to integrate these practices in co-curricular environments.  The ultimate goal is to enhance the programmatic offerings by the Division of Student Affairs, specifically in the area of community engagement, and especially as the university prepares for its upcoming accreditation process, President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll application, and renewal of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching distinction (for further details, click here ).