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Justin Sipes - Coordinator, Co-Curricular Community Engagement

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.  He is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program with the College of Education and Human Services at University of North Florida. 


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 time at University of North Florida, Justin was the Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life, promoted to Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life, and now works in the Center for Community-Based Learning as the Co-Curricular Community Engagement Coordinator.  While in Student Affairs, he provided the vision and helped establish the Professional Development Committee and conceived the defunct Innovation Grant program for the division.  He is a member of the University Conduct Board, Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and its climate survey work group, and sits on the Presidential Excellence Awards Committee.  Previously, Justin co-facilitated Safe Space Trainings, served as Vice President of the Administrator and Professionals Association, and taught the Intergroup Dialogue course for the Community Based Leadership Minor with the Taylor Leadership Institute.  In addition, Justin served as staff leader for two Ospreys In Action alternative Spring Break trips (Hammond, LA and Selma, AL), and as a student affairs practitioner was an active participant with the Center for Community Based Learning summits, co-curricular initiatives, and round-table discussions. 

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.