Caucusing at ACPA21

Designed to make individual and collective progress toward the realization of our Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization, ACPA launched the race-based caucus experience at ACPA18 in Houston. At ACPA19 in Boston, we continued our progress with recruitment of moderators and revisions to caucusing questions as well as guidelines. ACPA20 in Nashville offered designated small group facilitators and intersectional caucus spaces.

ACPA21 has the unique opportunity to offer smaller groups of 8-12 participants more connection and a fully scaffolded experience during three different sessions.

What is Caucusing?

Throughout the convention, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with colleagues and dialogue around issues of race and decolonization in higher education and student affairs as well as strategize ways to engage in personal and professional racial justice and decolonization action. Caucusing has become a meaningful part of the ACPA Convention experience and helps attendees feel connected to something REAL.

As a result of Caucusing, members should:

  • Articulate a deeper understanding of their own racial identities
  • Connect with colleagues who engage in solidarity work toward racial justice and decolonization
  • Identify issues of power, privilege, and oppression in our individual work and broader field
  • Begin to individually and collectively develop strategies that move the self and field toward liberation and social change
  • Crystalize their intention surrounding the strategic imperative on racial justice and decolonization for daily practice

Caucusing at #ACPA21

ACPA21 is excited to offer three sessions to engage participants in the Caucusing experience. These sessions will build upon each other, therefore we’re asking folks to sign up and commit to all three sessions. The first two sessions will be participant facilitated across race-alike groups and the third session will utilize seasoned facilitators to dialogue across and between racial groups.

The Racial Identity-focused Caucus groups we are hosting include:

Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Asian American, Black/African American, International, Latinx, Multiracial/Biracial, Native American/Indigenous/Aboriginal, Pacific Islander, and White.

Multiracial/biracial/transracial attendees can move between groups to match identities.

Three Sessions

Day 1: Tuesday, 9 March | 1:15 – 2:30 pm ET |Participant Facilitated | Race-alike

Day 2: Wednesday, 10 March | 1:15 – 2:30pm ET |Participant Facilitated | Race-alike

Day 3: Wednesday, 17 March | 2:30 – 3:45 pm ET | Select Facilitators | Across race

Preparing for the changes to Caucusing

More information will be posted here soon, including the Caucusing Self-Study Guide.

The Self-Study Guide will be structured so Caucus participants engage in self-guiding learning and reflection around SIRJD leading up to Caucusing at Convention. We hope each person has an opportunity to utilize these resources for self-development and to share with peers.