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 […]

Expanding the Imperative to Include the Asterisk

ACPA18 Convention Planning team asked ACPA member Melvin Monette, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians tribal member and President of Indigenous Education, Inc., to revisit his thoughts after writing a blog post for the ACPA17 Convention (check it out here if you’re interested) about the need to include Decolonization in our work with the Strategic […]

Overcoming the Fear of Being Called a Racist: White Student Affairs Professionals Working for Racial Liberation

The ACPA18 Convention team reached out to colleagues to share their experiences with whiteness 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. “The lights are […]

White People Owning our Whiteness & Resistance

The ACPA18 Convention team reached out to colleagues to share their experiences with whiteness 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. I am a […]

The Costs of Avoiding Discomfort: Addressing White Supremacy in Student Affairs

The ACPA18 Convention team reached out to colleagues to share their experiences with whiteness 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. I wrestle with […]