College Student Personnel program

College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter  Click Here to Register

Presenter: Sonja Ardoin
Date:  Tuesday, June 2, 2020 
Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CST


How does a working class, rural environment influences opportunities to pursue higher
education and impact the college choice process for rural, first-generation college students?  Based on data from her book College Aspirations and Access in Working Class Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter, Dr. Ardoin will share insights from rural students and their high school counselors about the relationship between rurality, social class, and first-generation college student status. Strategies on how to reduce barriers will also be offered.

Advancing Access and Engaging Equity in Community Colleges  Click to Register

Presenter:  Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 
Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CST

Join us to examine the critical role community colleges have played in broadening participation and mass higher education. The evolution of community colleges illustrates unique positionality in the postsecondary landscape in fostering student mobility. The community college sector has social justice roots having originated to increase postsecondary educational opportunity to scores who otherwise were without an on-ramp to higher learning. With close to half of American undergraduates attending community colleges, this session calls attention to the core mission of community colleges, how they are a centerpiece of American higher education institutional diversity, and primary pathway to postsecondary study for historically underrepresented and underserved students. The webinar will highlight opportunities and challenges as colleges endeavor to move beyond mere access to ensuring equitable student outcomes and completion. 

Actualizing Racial Justice & Decolonization in Settled and Turbulent Times  Click to Register

Presenters: Alex Lange and Laila McCloud
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. CST

The full effects of COVID-19 on higher education will take years to assess. One known immediate effect has been the ways the pandemic, and ensuing responses, have exacerbated and further illuminated stark inequalities on college campuses. How might campus professionals think about these inequalities in a way that centers the goals of racial justice and decolonization? In this session, presenters will get an opportunity to think through how to reimagine higher education in settled and turbulent times using the Strategic Imperative of Racial Justice and Decolonization as a guide.

Honoring the “Face Behind the Mask”: Interrogating Masculine Performatives to Promote Retention  Click to Register

Presenter:  Keenan Colquitt, Jr., Tracy Davis, Vern Klobassa 
Date:  Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST

Patriarchal systems and hegemonic masculinity have consequences for all genders.  One result is men’s submersion of authentic inclinations in favor of performing a socially-constructed and rewarded “mask of masculinity”.  Getting behind the mask can create space between self and system where dogmatic standards can be (re) examined toward more authentic authorship.  Similar to hooks’ (1991) conception of theory-as-liberatory practice, a framework for understanding masculine performativity is offered and concepts related to intersectionality and queer authorship are proposed as strategies for creating space for counter-hegemonic praxis.

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