Today, close to 500 attendees engaged in identity-based caucusing at ACPA18. Members self-selected into groups and met over the course of an hour to discuss the intersections of identity, power, privilege, oppression, and domination as it relates to their work in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Caucus spaces were created in response to feedback received during ACPA17 when the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization was unveiled to the general membership. That feedback has been publicly available on the ACPA website since March 2017.
Caucuses were organized by members, for members as a place for attendees to both hold each other accountable to engaging in racial justice and decolonization in line with ACPA’s Strategic Imperative, and as a place to heal from the injustices of the world. The work is messy and difficult and each member responds to the conversations their groups had differently. In order to support members, non-paid volunteer facilitators and moderators were provided with training on how to support members and information for a free online-based counseling service was available on signage around the caucusing space and on the ACPA18 website. More information about Caucusing at ACPA, the Caucus Syllabus, and racial justice and decolonization can be found on the ACPA18 website.
We look forward to engaging you in caucuses on Tuesday from 10-11am in the Hilton and Wednesday from 8:30-9:30am in the George R. Brown Convention Center!
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