Caucusing Toward Justice

Caucusing Toward Justice By Dian Squire, ACPA 2018 Convention Equity & Inclusion Chair Throughout the ACPA18 Convention, over 1000 attendees engaged in identity-based caucusing. In hosting caucuses for the first time at an ACPA convention, this opportunity was a great success overall! These guided caucus sessions provided necessary and important opportunities for growth and reflection […]

ACPA18 Day 1 Caucuses

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 […]

ACPA18 Response to All Gender Bathrooms

ACPA aims to make all members feel included and safe throughout convention. As such, ACPA Convention designates several sets of restrooms as all gender restrooms. On Saturday, 10 March 2018, ACPA shared a space with another unaffiliated conference in the George R. Brown Convention Center. During the day, we were informed that several ACPA18 attendees […]

Centering the Land: The Importance of Acknowledging Indigenous Land and Lifeways

Do we really have to say the land acknowledgement statement before every presentation at Convention? Isn’t one time enough? What really is the point? I’ve said the land acknowledgement in my first presentation at Convention, why do I need to say it again? In the past two years, I can recall hearing similar statements after […]

Racial Justice & Decolonization Can’t Happen Without Disrupting Monoracism

What would it look like to center the voices of multiracial folx in the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD)? I would not only encourage student affairs professionals to think about this, but I would argue it is also necessary. Even within our conversations about racial justice, race is often talked about through […]

ACPA18 Snapshot: Pre-Convention Programs in Houston

With just weeks until the ACPA18 convention, here is some information about Pre-Convention Workshops, which are all still open for registration! A Pre-Convention Workshop — “Pre-Con” for short — is a half- or full-day session on Saturday, 10 March 2018 or Sunday, 11 March 2018 offering the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and apply new […]

Words Can Lose Their Meaning

Diversity and Inclusion… I recognize I have privilege… Check your privilege at the door… I really want to be an ally… Let’s acknowledge whose voices are not at the table… Without a doubt, we have all used these phrases and heard others use them. Within the field of Student Affairs, these words and phrases are […]

The Pathology of Blackness: Shedding Light onto the Depths of the Sunken Place

The ACPA18 Convention team reached out to colleagues to share their experiences with racial justice and engaging white supremacy in higher education and the field of student affairs. This post is part of a series of reflections and narratives engaging this topic as part of ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice & Decolonization. Flashback to […]