Caucusing FAQ

How do you sign up for a caucus?

Each member will register for caucusing during convention registration. Members can select up to three groups (primary, secondary, tertiary).  The terms primary, secondary, and tertiary are not meant to recognize the salience level of identity, rather to notate to the planning team where you are most likely to spend your time (i.e., do your own work around racial justice and decolonization) during convention for logistical planning purposes. During convention, you will be able to move between rooms and change groupings in line with your identity and need. 

What if I didn’t sign up for a caucus?

If you did not sign up for a caucus when registering, the rooms of each caucus group will be listed in the ACPA App and Convention Program Book. You may join the caucus group that aligns with your identity.

When do caucuses take place?

Caucuses take place each day during convention. Please refer to your schedule for any updates regarding caucusing. Caucuses activities are currently scheduled for:

  • Facilitated Caucus Sessions – Tuesday, 3 March, 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Facilitated Caucus Sessions – Wednesday, 4 March, 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Intersections Caucus Sessions – Thursday, 5 March , 8:45am-10:45am

What if I want to do something else during a caucus time?

Members are free to do anything they wish during the times assigned for caucusing.  Caucus sessions will run uncontested conflicting with other educational sessions. It is our hope that you will be energized by the caucus community and make caucus session attendance a priority. We encourage all members to attend caucusing events in order to build a community of practitioners/scholars who are working toward racial justice and decolonization in line with ACPA’s mission, values, and goals.

Who else is in my caucus?

Ideally each caucus should be 3-12 people in size and will only consist of people who share a racial identity with you. Because identity is complex, we will offer an intersectional caucus space allowing discussion around issues of race and decolonization in higher education and student affairs in accordance with SIRJD while applying an intentional-intersectional lens (i.e. QTPOC, etc.). We will also offer Intersectional Caucus sessions which are opportunities for folx from various racial identities to be in community and discuss issues of race and decolonization in the field of higher education and student affairs; to share ways they are implementing SIRJD in their daily practice, and to develop action items for the association. Folx are highly encouraged to attend at least one caucus session offering only for the race(s) with which they identify before participating in the Intersections Caucus.

Therefore, there may be people in your group who you do not perceive to be of the same identity. Your role as a caucus attendee is not to challenge any person’s “eligibility” to caucus with the group. Rather, one may inquire about a person’s experiences to better illuminate their story. Importantly, however, we do not condone any sort of “voyeurism” of people in a caucus group if you do not authentically identify with those in that identity group. See the next question for more specifics.

Can I engage in a caucus with a group of people with whom I do NOT identify with?

We do not condone any sort of “voyeurism” of people in a caucus group if you do not authentically identify with those in that identity group. These spaces are meant to be in-group spaces to process through the work of racial justice and decolonization and may be disrupted if a person who does not identify enters the space making that space an unsafe space for authentic dialogue. 

Identity, particularly racial and political identity, is extremely complex and may cause dissonance for members who are not familiar with the wide array of identities and presentations of those identities. However to address a need for various racial identities to be in community and discuss issues of race and decolonization in the field of higher education and student affairs; to share ways they are implementing SIRJD in their daily practice, and to develop action items for the association, we will offer Intersectional Caucus sessions on Thursday of convention.  Folx are highly encouraged to attend at least one caucus session offering only for the race(s) with which they identify before participating in the Intersections Caucus.

We encourage all members to refrain from judgment and policing of one’s identities and to enter caucus spaces open, inquisitive, and with care.  Caucus groups can be spaces to share stories and strategies toward solidarity for liberation. If you feel that somebody does not belong in a particular group, please notify the facilitator of your group or room, and they will assess the situation.

I need to learn more about racial justice and decolonization. Where can I get more information?

The convention planning team is putting together a Caucus Curriculum. This curriculum is structured so each month, caucus attendees engage in self-guided learning around a set of topics leading up to caucusing at convention. We hope each person has an opportunity to utilize these resources for self-development as well as the development of their peers and colleagues. We encourage office or department-wide discussion groups centered around these readings. Attendees should work through the list of resources in order listed as the materials as they are provided in order of developmental complexity.

Will there be opportunities for continuing engagement around these topics after convention?

ACPA is preparing opportunities to continue the discussion on racial justice and decolonization.  

Is there a place I can receive counseling services if I feel any sort of distress as a result of caucusing?

We encourage any members who are experiencing distress to visit their campus mental health service or their local mental health provider. If you require immediate services, you may call 1 (800) 273-8255 or text “ANSWER” to 839863 for the Crisis Call Center 24/7/365 line. Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line often serves as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information. This service is free, though standard messaging and call minutes usage may apply.