Sustaining New Initiatives Through Leadership and Staff Changes

From InsideTrack How to make your student success program a strategic part of your institution’s future Your institution has made a strong commitment to improving student outcomes. After much research and wrangling, you’ve secured resources and launched a new initiative. Organizational changes and staff development are underway. Though initial results are promising, there’s more work to be done. And then the senior administrator who spurred institutional buy-in leaves to take a new role. Or the advisors in whom you’ve investedRead more

Discover Your Strengths

Friday, July 12, 2019 – Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, Oakland, CA Outcome: Students will be able to identify strengths and opportunities using a Gallup Strengths framework. Understand that school, summer program, sports, extracurriculars and Corporate Work Study program is an opportunity to refine strengths and make improvements on growth areas.Read more

2019 ACPA Convention, Boston, MA

March 5, 2019 Next Generation First Generation (NXFG)™ Professionals: Transcending Symbolic Positionality Internalized historical or intergenerational trauma (IHIT) affects next generation/first generation professionals (NXFG), amplifying incompatibility. Symbolic positionality is a consistent theme for NXFG navigating exclusionary spaces, thinking imposter syndrome would dissipate, however oppressive systems persist. Invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (DuGruy) leave NXFG inundated with messages of inadequacy. Exploring equity- and intersectionality-based approaches grounded in critical theory reveals how IHIT decreases when valuing, not nullifying, narratives. PresentationRead more

2019 AAC&U Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Friday, January 25, 2019Next-Generation First-Generation™ Professionals: Eliminating Tokenism in Higher Education Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education occurs when institutions acknowledge and understand that acknowledging intersecting identities of New Majority, next-generation/ first-generation professionals/graduate students (NXFG) contributes to student success. NXFG students living/working authentically, free from Internalized intergenerational trauma (IIT) that stifles our creativity and our voices, benefit from experiencing first-hand how professionalism grounded in authenticity generates successful careers. Understanding effects of IIT on NXFGRead more

2017 42nd Annual ASHE Conference, Houston, TX

Friday, November 10, 2017 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success:  Equity-Based Counternarratives of Power, Strength, and Hope Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects students, amplifying feelings of incompatibility/ inability to succeed. Stereotype threat, invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005) leave students besieged with messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how IT decreases when valuing, not abrogating, student narratives. Researchers will examine and analyze the  narratives of 54 students who participates in the Saint Mary’s CollegeRead more

2017 NACADA International Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom

July 10, 2017 Connected: Transforming Advising and Student Success while Leading Institutional Change Change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. A collectivist practice includes engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs/processes are crucial. This interactive session will engage participants in identifying areas where collaboration to align processes with mission can foster positive programming, policy, and institutional change. It is increasingly uncommon for crossover collaboration between academic and student affairs to occur. By framing transformation inRead more

2017 AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success, Jacksonville, FL

March 18, 2017 Collectivism and Inclusive Excellence: Transforming Student Success While Leading Institutional Change Dynamic change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. Approaching comprehensive changes by engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs and processes could contribute to the future is crucial. This interactive session will engage participants in identifying areas where collaboration to align processes with mission can foster positive programmatic, policy, and institutional change. By framing transformation in the context of institutional missionRead more