2009 ACPA Convention

There were several CSJE meetings, programs, and events at the 2009 Convention in Metro DC. Thank you for joining us! Below is information about some of these events.


CSJE Directorate Body Meeting
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Chesapeake C

CSJE Open Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 PM
Location: Maryland Ballroom D

CSJE Social and Awards Presentations
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: National Harbor 8 

Undocumented Students in Higher Education: What Happens Now?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM 
Gaylord National, Potomac 1

Presenters: Amjad O. Abdo (Coordinator), Sandra Garcia

In the past two years, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduated from American high schools according to The National Immigration Law Center. Meanwhile, the debate continues nationally as to whether we should grant admission to these students to colleges and universities and/or allow them to receive the in-state tuition rates. This discussion will highlight the key issues and challenges facing these students and our institutions of higher education across our country.

Continuum of Action: Social Justice Education from Service to Activism

Monday, March 30, 2009 
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Gaylord National, Chesapeake G, H & I

Presenters: Susan Iverson (Coordinator), Tara Napoleone-Clifford, Susan Rankin, Robert Watson, Vernon A. Wall

This session will convene educators who work with student groups that have social action as part of their mission. The goal of this moderated panel is to facilitate dialogue about the challenges and rewards social justice educators face in advising, supporting, and mentoring students from charitable efforts to change-oriented activism, and to identify mechanisms by which to move students along a continuum of action.

Forming, Storming, Performing: Group Dynamics and Social Justice Education

Monday, March 30, 2009 
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM 
Gaylord National, Chesapeake G, H & I

Presenters: Susan Iverson (Coordinator), Helen Atorre, Heather Shea Gasser, Lawrence Mrozek, David E. Jones, Larissa L. LaCour

The purpose of this session is twofold: 1) to convene practitioners who work with social justice groups to discuss their challenges, approaches, successes; and 2) to learn how these student groups navigate (inter)group dynamics. Informed by group development theory, we discuss some of the unique challenges as well as certain benefits social justice groups reap as they establish group norms, employ effective modes of communication, successfully address conflict, and cohere around a shared identity. 

Genderism: Transgender Students, Binary Systems, and Higher Education

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM 
Gaylord National, Chesapeake G, H & I

Presenters: Brent L. Bilodeau (Coordinator), T.J. Jourian

Based on the forthcoming book, Genderism: Transgender Students, Binary Systems, and Higher Education, this session explores a two year, dual campus study which resulted in positing a definition and characteristics of genderism. This systemic, binary oppression system permeated campus life and is examined in depth through the experiences of ten transgender students. Session includes a research-driven framework for understanding genderism, examination of its primary impact areas on campus, and implications for practitioners and scholars.

The 10 Myths of Social Justice

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM 
Gaylord National, Chesapeake G, H & I

Presenter: Vernon A. Wall

The term “social justice” is being used (and misused) on college and university campus more and more these days. What exactly is social justice? What is a socially just community? What are the characteristics of a campus community committed to social justice? In this program, the 10 myths of social justice will be shared as well as an assessment that can be used to measure your campus, division, or department's commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. 

Where Does "Challenge and Support" Get Us in Diversity Education?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM 
Gaylord National, Chesapeake E

Presenters: Kathy Cook (Coordinator), Stephanie Moreira

Nevitt Sanford’s concept of challenge and support is seminal in the field of student affairs. However, when it comes to diversity education for white Millennial students, how much should we challenge and how much should we support? This session will examine this question in addition to whether or not our deeply held student affairs concepts and models support the dominant paradigm around race to the detriment of truly combating racism on our campuses.