Representation Matters

Like many collectivist cultures, Asian American Pacific Islander culture has a tradition of storytelling. Sharing stories and personal narratives helps to make meaning of one’s experiences and create space for communicating with one another. More importantly, stories can contribute to personal and professional transformation and empowerment. May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and in honor of the month, I want to share some of our AAPI stories. While many are aware that Saint Mary’s College is a HispanicRead 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

2018 National Symposium of Student Retention Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success: Equity-Based Approaches that MatterTM Intergenerational trauma (IT) (Lev-Weisel, 2007) negatively affects students, intensifying feelings of incompatibility/inability to succeed. Stereotype threat (Steele, 2010), invalidation (Rendón, 2009), microaggressions (Solórzano, Ceja, & Yosso, 2000), and effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (DeGruy, 2005) leave students besieged by messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how IT decreases when student experiences are valued rather than abrogated. Understanding effects of IT on firstRead more

2018 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education National Conference, Oakland, CA

Friday, April 13, 2018 #PinayScholars: Resisting assimilation as scholar practitioners in educational spaces By: Kristian Ocampo, Katherine Parpana, Tracy Pascua Dea, Terri Luna This session introduces several Pinays working in Academic & Student Affairs, who explore radical self-love by breaking down barriers of ‘success’ and redefining what it means to be scholar-practitioners. The panelists will explore themes related to Pinayism in education, leadership, and what it means to be visible (and invisible) in a field historically dominated by white womxn. This sessionRead more

2018 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, Oakland, CA

Friday, April 13, 2018 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success:  Equity-Based Counternarratives of Power, Strength, and Hope Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects students and higher education professionals, amplifying feelings of incompatibility/inability to succeed. Stereotype threat, invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005) leave individuals besieged with messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical theory will be presented and will illuminate how IT decreases when valuing, not abrogating, individual narratives.  Tying this pedagogy to learning leads to healing andRead more

2017 42nd Annual ASHE Conference, Houston, TX

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Reframing Success: Attending to Intersectionality to Support Lived Experiences of First Generation College Students Successful implementation of Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM) can support persistence and graduation of first generation (FG) and other marginalized populations, who have been historically and contemporarily denied access to power epicenters. This paper will address intersectionality of identities of FG college students as framed by a new model of student development and student success, the Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM). The authorsRead 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

Embracing Hispanic Heritage

October 3, 2017 Embracing Hispanic Heritage Message from the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Gloria Aquino Sosa Dear Saint Mary’s community members, We are midway into national Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the intersections of history and experiences of Latin@ cultures, including the commemorations of independence for Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Lyndon Johnson initiated the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration in 1988 to 30 days ofRead 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