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?