Caucusing Syllabus

Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization and Caucusing at ACPA19 Syllabus

Welcome to a collection of readings, videos, and audio files designed to provide you with language and frameworks you might find helpful as you work to actualize the SIRJD and/or participate in Caucusing at ACPA19. Each month leading up to convention, we will release a series of materials curated to provide you with the knowledge necessary to engage in this important work. Whether you are new to this discourse, seeking a fresh perspective, or what to revisit work you have done in the past, we hope you will find these resources useful.

Every release and resource will include directions on which content areas are the most important, and a brief description of each work. If you have questions, issues with accessing the materials, or suggestions for materials to use next year, contact

October: Social Justice Philosophies and Practice in Student Affairs: Why this Work?

It is recommended you review all documents for this month to understand why these discussions are important to our field and ACPA as an organization.

Presents seven frameworks for engaging with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each framework is accompanied by an example vignette, examples of constructive and destructive manifestations, and theoretical background. Given the goals of the strategic imperative, you may wish to begin on page 14 with “Diversity” instead of reading the entire article.

Provides an overview of early perspectives and theoretical orientations toward student affairs work, shifting toward more critical perspectives that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. Useful as an overview of the history and trajectory of the field – and should be read with questions in mind of “How far have we progressed since?” “How might we reframe these theories today?” “What might we add?”.

An interview with vignettes where prior ACPA convention speakers and Professor Kelly reflect on the role of student affairs professionals in making campuses more inviting and welcoming spaces. Also provides examples of self-reflection on speakers’ own dominant and marginalized identities.

An interview with vignettes from prior ACPA convention speakers, ACPA members, and Dr. Tran-Estera speak on their approaches to developing social justice competencies. Speaks to the role of relationships, vulnerability, and ongoing analysis of the world around us helps us to develop social justice competencies.

Provides an overview of the emergence and goals of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization.