It is hard to find the right words to express the anger, grief, and sadness many of us are feeling today. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are now counted among the 509 people who have been killed by police in the United States in 2016.
As student affairs educators, we have the opportunity to care for and support our colleagues, and our students. And we must remember to take care of ourselves.
We continue to add to our Racism in the Academy channel on ACPA Video on Demand. For individuals who hold privileged identities, this is a great place to expand your understanding and awareness.
It is time for us to fully center the lives of our Black colleagues, friends, and families, and use our voices to create change. We welcome your reflections, which will be posted here. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share large and small ways we can each create change.
Our jobs call us into healing space and into courage at contested places during tragedy. Sometimes that means that we “shelve” our own grief and anger so we can be of service and support to our students and colleagues. We invite you to join us in sharing rather than shelving, finding a way where there seems to be none. In the final analysis, each one of us has the capacity to respect human dignity and to reject anything that diminishes one another.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to develop and centralize resources. If you have one to share, please send it to Tricia Fechter Gates. For now, it is most important for us to remind our Black colleagues, friends, and families that you matter. You matter to us. And we are with you.
Stephen John Quaye
ACPA Executive Director
Many of the messages delivered throughout the presidential campaign were hateful, harmful, divisive. Regardless of how anyone voted, we are now navigating a new and unpredictable climate in our nation, and if we are to survive, it is imperative that we work together.
What is most salient for me is that our work as student affairs educators is needed…now more than ever. Those things we value - our students and their learning, diversity and multicultural competence, human dignity and respect, inclusion and equity, justice, advocacy, and action - remain our compass, and the work that we do…what we teach, is what will change the world. I truly believe this. And so I focus my attention on that light. And I believe in the power that is us… the interconnections among us, the importance of turning to one another to help and strengthen each other.
In this time where the issues and challenges of our world may feel overwhelming, and dis-empowering, I encourage you to focus your attention on the light. Take time to breathe and take of each other. Take care of yourself. And know that we will persevere through these challenges when we truly work together.
Donna A. Lee
In the aftermath of the horrific mass murder at an Orlando, Florida (USA) nightclub, Pulse, ACPA members and leaders respond. Our hope is to build up our community of students, professionals, and colleagues; to tell the world that fear will never win over the love and community of respect and acceptance. Read what our ACPA family has to say...
American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Protests Passage of Texas SB 6
ACPA is formally protesting the passage of Texas Senate Bill 6, citing its potentially negative impact on college students and ACPA members attending its annual convention in Houston, March, 2018.
Dr. Cindi Love officially assumed the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International on July 1, 2014.
“The ACPA Governing Board has unanimously selected Dr. Cynthia Love to be our next Executive Director,” said Dr. Kathleen G. Kerr, 2013-2014 ACPA President.“In 2014, as ACPA celebrates its 90th year, we need a leader who has a vision for how ACPA will build upon and advance nine decades of leadership to higher and tertiary education and the student affairs field. Dr. Love has a commitment to ACPA’s core values and mission and a capacity to strategically guide the association forward. The Governing Board has great confidence Love will develop rich and meaningful relationships with ACPA members and our partners within the higher and tertiary education community worldwide.”
Dr. Love’s background uniquely positions her to assume this post. With significant experience in higher education, for-profit and non-profit management, and social justice work, Love will advance the Association’s current strategic plan and guide our future contributions to higher education and student services globally.
Many are pushing back against our systems of traditional dominant-culture values, White supremacy, gender binary, heterosexism and patriarchy. Movements such as Black Lives Matter and advocacy for LGBT rights are all calls for complete change. What can the higher education and student affairs professionals do to support students and advocate for inclusion on an institutional-level? How do we answer the calls for transformations of structural oppression? How can we advocate more effectively for students?