The Complexity of Student-Centered Work: Toward Anti-Racism & Inclusion in the American Academy
Level of Experience: Intermediate
Track: Student Affairs and Affiliated Professionals
This session should particularly benefit all those who work in Student Affairs and/or engage as scholars or practitioners in the area of higher education and student development.
This pre-conference institute will engage participants in learning and sharing of effective practices that can advance anti-racism in student development and experience. We will explore how racism/white supremacy has shaped the development of Student Affairs as a professional practice, and the opportunities we have to disrupt them, particularly in the COVID pandemic era. Through a review of Student Affairs history, student activism, changes in public policy, and the development of academic disciplines, we will discuss the dynamic process of student-centered work and the challenges (and opportunities) it presents in the current environment. How can professionals in Residential Life, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Student Activities, Student Support Services, Community Services, Student Conduct, Wellness, and other Student Affairs offices engage in anti-racist practices to affect progressive change? How do professionals in Cultural Centers negotiate institutional priorities and tensions with underrepresented student needs and perspectives? How do our positionalities inform the responsibilities and strategies we employ for anti-racist practices? At this important social and political time in the United States, what is the role of Higher Education in dismantling oppressive systems? These are some central questions that will guide the institute.
Paul M. Buckley, PhD, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Administration, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Genyne L. Royal, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Success Initiatives, Director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, Undergraduate Education, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
Christopher Weiss, M.S., M.Ed., Academic Counselor, Student Support Services, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY