Caucusing Self Study


Self-studying is a learning method where learners direct their own studying.  Learners are able to take control of what (and how) they are learning, self-study can be a very valuable way for many to learn.

The caucusing self-study is designed to help caucus participants get the most out of their learning as well as their caucusing experience.  There are three caucusing foundations addressed in the self-study: 

  • Identity & Intersectionality
  • Anti-Racism & Decolonization
  • The Caucus Experience

Each foundation has an associated foundation guide with selected content for participants to read, listen or watch as well as reflection questions.  Foundation guides can be used prior, during, and after the caucusing experience to support continued learning.

Learners are encouraged to be curious taking control of their own learning by exploring beyond suggested content; choosing methods or tools that work best for themselves; making new discoveries; as well as develop their own questions as part of practicing self-study.

Overall, the hope is that participants learn and retain information better, improve comprehension of concepts, and motivate continued learning beyond convention.  Additionally, the practice of self-study will allow for deeper dives during scheduled caucus sessions of convention.


Note: Most of the readings below are open access. A few publications may require a subscription to a journal. If you do not already have access to a publication, connect with your local library or campus library for assistance with accessing the publication through their database or interlibrary loan.

Caucusing Foundation Guide: Identity & Intersectionality

Things to Read

Interest Convergence and the Commodification of International Students and Scholars in the United States by Christina W. Yao and Tiffany Viggano

Advancing Social Justice Work at the Intersections of Multiple Privileged Identities by Frances E. Kendall and Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe

Who is Black? By Rosa Clemente

Framing Questions on Intersectionality by Dr. Yolande Tomlinson (USHRN) and Margot Baruch (CWGL) 

The Misunderstanding of Intersectionality Among Student Affairs Practitioners by Alex C Lange

Things to Listen/ Watch

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw (episodes 4-6)

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Urgency of Intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw: What is Intersectionality?

Kimberlé Crenshaw Intersectionality NOT identity

Reflection Questions

1. What are my own identities, privileges, and positions of power? How do they manifest in my life, work, and other settings? 

2. How does my racial identity and intersecting identities affect the way I experience the world?

3. Do my identities inform my work? How and/or why? 

4. How does my racial identity and intersecting identities influence the way I experience my work environment? 

5. What are the social, political, economic, or cultural conditions that are impacting particular groups of people? 

Caucusing Foundation Guide: Anti-Racism & Decolonization

Things to Read

3 Ways to be Unwavering Anti-Racist as Student Affairs Professional by Marcelius Braxton

Students and Institutions Protecting Whiteness asProperty: A Critical Race Theory Analysis ofStudent Affairs Preparation by Stephanie Bondi

Ending White Innocence in Student Affairs and Higher Education by OiYan A. Poon

Historically White Universities and Plantation Politics: Anti-Blackness and Higher Education in the Black Lives Matter Era by T. Elon Dancy, II, Kirsten T. Edwards, and James Earl Davis

Applied Critical Leadership: Centering Racial Justice and Decolonization in Professional Associations by Rachel E. Aho and Stephen John Quaye

Decolonization is not a metaphor by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of Settler Privilege by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Decolonization Not Inclusion: Indigenous Resistance to American Settler Colonialism by Erich W. Steinman

The Act of Claiming Higher Education as Indigenous Space: American Indian/Alaska Native Examples by Sweeney Windchief and Darold Joseph

Things to Listen/Watch

Student Affairs Live: Racial Justice & Decolonization in Practice at ACPA | recorded 7 February 2018

Dismantling Racism: Tools for Student Affairs Educators – Higher Ed Live

The Henceforward Podcast “Whose Land Interrupted” Episode 9

The Henceforeward Podcast “A Conversation Between Eve Tuck and Rinaldo Walcott” Episode 13

Red Man Laughing Podcast “Decolonization > Reconciliation” Season 6, Episode 11

Reflection Questions

1. What does racial justice mean to me?

2. What is my understanding of decolonization?

3. What are some of the risks I am willing to take to pursue racial justice and decolonization at my institution? In the field of higher education and student affairs?

4. What are some immediate actions you can take to begin to decolonize your work?

Caucusing Foundation Guide: Anti-Racism & Decolonization

Things to Read

The Caucusing Experience

Guidelines for White caucusing by Craig Elliott

Bridging differences through dialogue by Ximena Zuniga

Race caucuses: An intensive, high-impact strategy to create social change by Kathy Obear and becky martinez* (Wiley)

What is the best way to be a social justice advocate?: Communication strategies for effective social justice advocacy by Robert Nash

Cultivating Alliances: Reflections on the Role of Non-Indigenous Collaborators in Indigenous Educational Sovereignty by Vanessa Anthony-Stevens

More than just talk: The use of racial dialogues to combat racism by Joshua Miller and Susan Donner

Moving beyond the talk: From difficult dialogues to action by Sherry Watt*

Accomplices not allies: Abolishing the ally industrial complex by Indigenous Action Media

Things to Listen/Watch

What is intergroup dialogue? 

Facebook Live with Craig Elliott, Danielle Sims Brooks & Brian 

Bourke discussing implementation | 17 May 2019

A Bold Vision Forward: A Framework for the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice & Decolonization | delivered to members on 4 February 2019

Reflection Questions

1. What thoughts or feelings I have about meeting in caucus groups?

2. How can I approach sharing experiences within a group setting both freely and authentically?

3. What are some immediate actions you can take to begin to decolonize your work? 

4. What are some immediate actions you can take to make your work more equitable for students and colleagues of all marginalized identities?

5. Who are some co-conspirators in this process at your institution and within the broader profession or the association? How might you hold each other accountable in this work?

6. What support and obstacles do you foresee in this process?

7. What are tangible actionable strategies that ACPA can take to advance ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization?