Welcome to the ACPA Senior and Emerging Scholar Summer Blog Series with an introduction entitled How to Start a Revolution by Sherry K. Watt, Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Program, University of Iowa, ACPA Senior Scholar. 

 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? 


FIRST EDITION - June 2016 Table of Contents:

I.               Introduction: ACPA Senior and Emerging Scholar Summer Blog Series by Sherry K. Watt, Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Program, University of Iowa, ACPA Senior Scholar

II.              The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It Needs to Be Improvised. By Tracy Davis, Professor and College Student Personnel Program Coordinator, Western Illinois University, ACPA Senior Scholar

III.            Justifying Student Affairs Programming: What’s Behind the Curtain? By Vasti Torres, Dean, College of Education, University of South Florida, Former, ACPA Senior Scholar

IV.           How to Start a Revolution: Use Intersectionality as a Framework to Promote Student Success by Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr., Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Grand Valley State University—Grand Rapids, Michigan, ACPA Emerging Scholar

V.             The Upcoming Fisher II SCOTUS Decision and Its Potential Relationship to the Campus Climate for Inclusion by Cassie L. Barnhardt, Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Iowa, ACPA Emerging Scholar

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Radical Openness, Revolutionary Change: Shifting My Own Thinking

Senior Scholar Blog

Written by Sherry K. Watt "The teacher also has to be a person who is going a little further. I don't for a minute think that we can be teachers who invite students into radical openness if we're not willing to be radically open ourselves, if we're not willing to be a witness to our students of how ideas change and shape us, how something affects us so that we think differently than we did before...

How to Start a Revolution

Senior Scholar Blog

How to Start a Revolution Sherry K. Watt Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Program University of Iowa ACPA Senior Scholar The Revolution has started. 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...

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It Needs to Be Improvised.

Senior Scholar Blog

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It Needs to Be Improvised. Tracy Davis Professor and College Student Personnel Program Coordinator Western Illinois University ACPA Senior Scholar If we want to start a revolution, we need to begin not with technology, but with ourselves, becoming more critical of the media we ingest. One of the great poets and political commentators of the past 50 years, Gil...

Justifying Student Affairs programming: What’s behind the academic curtain?

Senior Scholar Blog

Justifying Student Affairs programming: What’s behind the academic curtain? Vasti Torres Dean, College of Education University of South Florida Former, ACPA Senior Scholar Since becoming an Academic Dean in 2013, I am seeing the nexus between research and practice from a very different perspective. As a faculty member in a student affairs preparation program for many years, I thought that the...

How to Start a Revolution: Use Intersectionality as a Framework to Promote Student Success

Senior Scholar Blog

How to Start a Revolution: Use Intersectionality as a Framework to Promote Student Success Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr. Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan ACPA Emerging Scholar Do you want students to reach their educational goals? My guess is you answered in the affirmative. Nevertheless, we know there are several students who begin their...