Caucusing FAQ

How do you sign up for a caucus?

Each member will register for caucusing during convention registration. Members can select up to three groups (primary, secondary, tertiary).  The terms primary, secondary, and tertiary are not meant to recognize the salience level of identity, rather to notate to the planning team where you are most likely to spend your time (i.e., do your own work around racial justice and decolonization) during convention for logistical planning purposes. During convention, you will be able to move between rooms and change groupings in line with your identity and need.

What if I didn’t sign up for a caucus?

If you did not sign up for a caucus when registering, the rooms of each caucus group will be listed in the ACPA App and Convention Program Book. You may join the caucus group that aligns with your identity.

When do caucuses take place?

Caucuses take place each day during convention. Please refer to your schedule for any updates regarding caucusing. Caucuses are currently scheduled for:

  • Sunday, 3 March, 2:30pm-3:45pm
  • Monday, 4 March, 10:00am-11:00am
  • Tuesday, 5 March, 3:00pm-4:15pm

What if I want to do something else during a caucus time?

Members are free to do anything they wish during the times assigned for caucusing. It is our hope that by not scheduling any sessions concurrent to the first caucus on Sunday, you feel energized by the caucus community and motivated to prioritize the caucus gatherings on Monday and Tuesday. We encourage all members to attend caucusing events in order to build a community of practitioners/scholars who are working toward racial justice and decolonization in line with ACPA’s mission, values, and goals.

Who else is in my caucus?

Each caucus should be 3-10 people in size and will only consist of people who share a racial/political identity with you. Identity is complex. Multiraciality, transracial identity, phenotypical variations, and other social forces means people in your group will look and have lived experiences that diverge from your understandings. This is welcome. Therefore, there may be people in your group who you do not perceive to be of the same identity. Your role as a caucus attendee is not to challenge any person’s “eligibility” to caucus with the group. Rather, one may inquire about a person’s experiences to better illuminate their story. Importantly, however, we do not condone any sort of “voyeurism” of people in a caucus group if you do not authentically identify with those in that identity group. See the next question for more specifics.

Can I engage in a caucus with a group of people with whom I do NOT identify with?

We do not condone any sort of “voyeurism” of people in a caucus group if you do not authentically identify with those in that identity group. These spaces are meant to be in-group spaces to process through the work of racial justice and decolonization and may be disrupted if a person who does not identify enters the space making that space an unsafe space for authentic dialogue.

Therefore, to attend a Black/African American caucus group, you must identify as Black/African American, etc. Multiracial/biracial/transracial attendees may move in between spaces that align with their multiple identities. The same is true for any other person who may have multiple identities in line with the caucus groups identified for this convention. Identity, particularly racial and political identity, is extremely complex and may cause dissonance for members who are not familiar with the wide array of identities and presentations of those identities. We encourage all members to refrain from judgment and policing of one’s identities and to enter caucus spaces open, inquisitive, and with care.  Caucus groups can be spaces to share stories and strategies toward solidarity for liberation.

If you feel that somebody does not belong in a particular group, please notify the facilitator of your group or room, and they will assess the situation.

I need to learn more about racial justice and decolonization. Where can I get more information?

The convention planning team is putting together a Caucus Syllabus. This syllabus is structured so each month, caucus attendees engage in self-guided learning around a set of topics leading up to caucusing at convention. We hope each person has an opportunity to utilize these resources for self-development as well as the development of their peers and colleagues. We encourage office or department-wide discussion groups centered around these readings. Attendees should work through the list of resources in order listed as the materials as they are provided in order of developmental complexity.

Will there be opportunities for continuing engagement around these topics after convention?

ACPA is preparing opportunities to continue the discussion on racial justice and decolonization.  

Is there a place I can receive counseling services if I feel any sort of distress as a result of caucusing?

We encourage any members who are experiencing distress to visit their campus mental health service or their local mental health provider. If you require immediate services, you may call 1 (800) 273-8255 or text “ANSWER” to 839863 for the Crisis Call Center 24/7/365 line. Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line often serves as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information. This service is free, though standard messaging and call minutes usage may apply.