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?

A Response to Patricia Daugherty’s Commentary: Situating My Beloved ACPA

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Written by Sherry K. Watt "I only preach from my scars, not my wounds." - Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado As I read Patricia Daugherty’s Essay entitled What I Saw At A College Administrators’ Conference Will Make You Laugh and Cry , I pondered many questions such as: What really triggered this barrage of defensive reactions ? Did she...

Radical Openness, Revolutionary Change: Shifting My Own Thinking

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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

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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.

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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?

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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...