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Session Title

1118: The complexity of student‐centered work, race, and inclusion in the American academy

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.


This pre‐conference institute will explore how race has shaped the development of student affairs as a professional practice. 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 today's environment. How can professionals in residential life, fraternity and sorority affairs, student activities, student support services, community services, student conduct, wellness, and other student affairs offices engage in anti‐racist practices to effect progressive change? How do professionals in cultural centers negotiate institutional priorities and tensions with underrepresented student needs and perspectives? At this important time in the United States, what is the role of student development in the American academy? These are some central questions that will guide the institute.  This session should particularly benefit all those who work in student affairs and/or engage as scholars or professionals in the area of higher education and student development.


Paul Buckley, PhD, Assistant Vice President, (Inaugural) Director of the Butler Center, Colorado College

Christopher Weiss, MEd, MA, Senior Academic Counselor, Student Support Services (*TRiO"), Office of Supportive Services, Syracuse University

Ariana Vargas, MEd, Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership and Research, School of Education - College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University

Genyne Royal, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Success Initiatives, Director of Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC), Michigan State University