Friday, 9 July 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, 30 July 2021 - 5:00pm

July 9, 16, 23, & 30
12:00pm - 5:00pm ET (9:00am - 2:00pm PT)


About the Writer's Retreat

Join ACPA and key leaders for a virtual retreat that will center the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization. The retreat will offer participants opportunities for writing in community, individual and group coaching, and support in the writing and publication processes. This retreat grows out of the understanding that writing is a power-laden activity that has been made more difficult by racist and settler colonial schooling, but is also a tool for liberatory knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, and practice. Facilitators have experience leading writing retreats, writing groups, and writing workshops, as well as writing and publishing themselves.

What to Expect

Participating writers will learn about their own writing processes, common barriers to writing, and publication opportunities within ACPA and the larger student affairs field. Participants will also develop a writing plan and process that will guide them toward publication while building community with writers and scholars across the association. As part of this experience, writers can expect:

  • Small group writing and coaching with facilitating faculty
  • One-on-one consultations with facilitating faculty
  • Roundtable with current editors of ACPA publications (Developments, About Campus, Journal of College Student Development, and ACPA Books)
  • Discussions with scholar practitioners about building writing into the their work-life as administrators and leaders
  • Discussions about public, multimodal, and arts-based writing and publication (blogs, op eds, digital storytelling, and other types of public scholarship and writing)

Retreat Faculty

Florence M. Guido, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is professor emerita at the University of Northern Colorado where in 2017 she was named the A. M. & Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award. Flo served as a faculty member for 26 years at the graduate level and served as a student affairs administrator for 10 years in career development, residence life, and dean of students’ roles. She is co-author of all three editions of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. Her research and scholarship interests include, but are not limited to: student development theory, social science research paradigms, ethnic identity and diversity development, and photography as a research method. Her scholarly work appears in the Journal of College Student Development, the NASPA Journal, the Journal of Research and Practice, and Campus Ecologist. She has served as an ACPA Senior Scholar, Co-Editor of the Books and Media Board, and editorial board member of JCSD and also received the Annuit Coeptis Awards (1987, 2000) and the Diamond Honoree Award. As the first Senior Scholar-in-Residence for the ACPA Standing Committee for Women, she co-created with Leilani Kupo, the first preconference writing workshop. In addition, the doctoral level classes she taught for over 20 years included scholarly writing and research. 

Katie Koo, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Katie’s research focuses on underrepresented students’ collegiate experiences, mental health issues, and adjustment, including international students’ psychological well-being. Katie is currently serving on the ACPA Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development as Faculty-in-Residence and she is a 2020-2022 ACPA Emerging Scholar. She is co-chairing ASHE 2021 Annual Convention International Higher Education Section and chairing the Korean Educational Research Association Mentoring Committee. Katie has been coordinating and facilitating doctoral student writing support groups for the Korean American Educational Research Association, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and University of Maryland Counseling Center.

Tonisha B. Lane, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of higher education in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Dr. Lane studies the experiences and outcomes of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her research also focuses on the participation and achievement of Black students and professionals in higher education. She is a PI of the Spencer Foundation grant investigating the science identity development of remote, undergraduate, low-income and student of color researchers in STEM amid COVID-19. Additionally, she is a co-PI on several NSF-funded research projects including Bulls-Engineering Youth Experience for Promoting Relationships, Identity Development, & Empowerment (Bulls-EYE PRIDE), The AGEP Florida Alliance Model: Improving Minority Women Success in STEM Faculty Careers, and Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance Community Engaged Solutions to the Grand Challenge of Managing Nitrogen, totaling nearly $4 million in external grant funding. She has been the recipient of several honors including ACPA Emerging Scholar (class of 2018), McKnight Fellow, and a National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Emerging Diversity Scholar. Dr. Lane’s work can be found in published texts Multicultural Education in the 21st Century: Innovative Research and Practices and Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses. Additionally, her articles appear in CBE-Life Sciences Education, Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education, and Urban Education.

Ricardo Montelongo, Ph. D. (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He teaches in the Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Leadership, and Developmental Education Administration programs. His primary research interests include Latinx/a/o student success; diversity issues in higher education administration; digital pedagogy; and spirituality in higher education. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he had twenty years professional administrative experience in student affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University and a M.S. in Student Affairs Administration and B.S. in Psychology both from Texas A&M University. Dr. Montelongo served as co-chair for the ACPA Latinx Network from 2011-2013. He also founded the Latinx Network Writers Group, which members have published essays, articles, and book chapters in the field. His personal blog/website is located at

Mitsu Narui, PhD. (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Director of Research at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University. She is also a Research Associate - Quantitative and Qualitative Analyst with Ranin and Associates Consulting, LLC. Mitsu received her Ph.D. in 2010 in Higher Education Administration from Ohio State. She is also received her MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green in 2003 and BS in Physical Therapy in 2000 from Ohio State. Prior to this role, Mitsu has had positions in assessment, curricular development, multicultural affairs, governmental policy, academic advising and residence life. In addition, Mitsu currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal for LGBT Youth and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and has been actively presenting her research on Asian and Asian American lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students. She has been published in the Journal of Homosexuality as well as presented her research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education and American Educational Research Association national conferences.

Moira Ozias, MSW, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is Director of Research & Scholarship for ACPA, and Assistant Professor of Educational Policy & Practice in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. She spent 15 years in higher education administration, leading writing programs and working with graduate students, faculty, and staff writers before transitioning into a faculty role. Her research focuses on equity in higher education practice, especially the investigation of white women’s racism and processes for creating educational spaces and curricula that resist racism and work toward racial justice. She has facilitated dissertation writing camps, faculty writing groups, community-based writing groups for trauma survivors, and digital storytelling workshops, and is excited about the writing and connections that will grow out of this inaugural ACPA Writers Retreat.

Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Ph.D. (she/her/ella) serves as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Central Michigan University. She also serves as faculty in Educational Psychology & Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include Black and Latinx issues in higher education, media influences in the postsecondary sector, and critical theory in higher educational contexts. She experiments with various modes of knowledge dissemination to ensure scholarship remains accessible, evidenced through projects like the podcast, Scholar Tea. Patterson-Stephens has published several works on the experiences of Black women in higher education and has collaborated on peer reviewed articles exploring the state of diversity in higher education. Dr. Patterson-Stephens currently serves as co-PI on the national Black Doctoral Women Study (BDWS). She is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Dirty Computer: Black Cyberfeminism in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press). She is also co-editor of the forthcoming text, Advancing Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education: Practical Approaches to Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Information Age Publishing). 


Registration Rates

Early Bird (ends 15 June 2021)

  • ACPA members: $249
  • Non-members: $349
  • Student Member: $129
  • Student Non-Member: $170

Regular (after 16 June 2021)

  • ACPA members: $349
  • Non-members: $449
  • Student Member: $179
  • Student Non-Member: $229