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Becoming By Believing: One Fraternity And Sorority Life Professional’S Journey In Finding Her Voice, Kimberlee Monteaux De Freitas Jan 2018

Becoming By Believing: One Fraternity And Sorority Life Professional’S Journey In Finding Her Voice, Kimberlee Monteaux De Freitas

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

While fraternity and sorority life continues to make headlines and is called upon regularly to validate the purpose it holds to remain on college campuses today, many still believe that when fraternity and sorority are done right, it is one of the best opportunities on college campuses today outside of the classroom. Much of their success is due to the efforts and support of the fraternity and sorority life professionals.

This dissertation will offer the first Scholarly Personal Narrative of a mid-level, seasoned, fraternity and sorority life professional working in higher education. Current research shows the average age of a ...


La Jaula De Oro Y Dreamers: Wellness Of Latinx Undocumented College Students In A Divisive Political Climate And #45 Era Presidency, Sarah Maria Childs Jan 2018

La Jaula De Oro Y Dreamers: Wellness Of Latinx Undocumented College Students In A Divisive Political Climate And #45 Era Presidency, Sarah Maria Childs

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic is how our students should be able to communicate to us; yet this is not the reality for many. There are an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high schools every year in the United States, and another 7,000 to 13,000 enrolled in colleges and universities. As of September 2017, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has granted about 800,000 individuals deferment from deportation. DREAMers are those brought to this country, are out of status, and likely also qualify for the DREAM Act if it were passed. Many undocumented ...


Hakujin: A Narrative Of Multiraciality And Student Development Theory In The U.S., Jenna L. Matsumura Mar 2017

Hakujin: A Narrative Of Multiraciality And Student Development Theory In The U.S., Jenna L. Matsumura

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Everyone Is Anxious: A Narrative For Admissions Professionals, Students, And Parents, On College Admissions And Anxiety, Sarah Hecklau Jan 2017

Everyone Is Anxious: A Narrative For Admissions Professionals, Students, And Parents, On College Admissions And Anxiety, Sarah Hecklau

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Written in the Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) style of writing, this thesis explores my personal experience as a college admissions counselor. It offers a reflection of my own college search and application experience, my perspective on the experience of today's high school students, and my professional experience working within an admissions office. The juxtaposition of these three perspectives alongside scholarly references on higher education, philosophy, and anxiety, provides a full-spectrum view of the college admissions process.

The core topic of this reflection is anxiety, and showing how each party experiences anxiety in the college search, application, and selection process ...


Exploring The Reciprocal Relationship Between A Comprehensive Living-Learning Program And Institutional Culture: A Narrative Inquiry Case Study, Christopher Paul Marquart Jan 2017

Exploring The Reciprocal Relationship Between A Comprehensive Living-Learning Program And Institutional Culture: A Narrative Inquiry Case Study, Christopher Paul Marquart

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Over the past 50 years, living-learning programs (LLPs) have emerged as a dynamic curricular innovation in higher education. These programs are residentially based, seeking to seamlessly integrate the classroom and residence hall environments and blur the traditional boundaries between the academic and residential experiences for students (Kuh, 1996; Inkelas & Soldner, 2012). However, efforts to implement LLPs at some campuses have been met with resistance; this is not surprising, as institutions of higher education are often charged in part with preserving cultural and social norms, therefore making them naturally resistant to change (Shapiro & Levine, 1999). One of the most common challenges facing colleges and universities that seek change is a tendency for institutional culture dynamics to ...


Powerful Peers: Resident Advisors' Experience With Restorative Practices In College Residence Hall Settings, Patience Whitworth Jan 2016

Powerful Peers: Resident Advisors' Experience With Restorative Practices In College Residence Hall Settings, Patience Whitworth

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

This study explores the implementation of Restorative Practices (Costello, Wachtel, & Wachtel, 2009) in a residential life program at a small public university. Narrative inquiry is used to explore the perspectives of eleven resident advisors (RAs) who have been trained in Restorative Practices (RP) and are using them in their residential communities. Participants were interviewed three times over the course of one academic year. The study illuminates the RAs' perspectives, growth and experiences with RP over that year. The findings demonstrate that RP may not only provide a structure for RAs to succeed within their challenging position, but may also encourage ...


Examining Undergraduate Faculty's Competence And Confidence In Addressing Distressed And Disruptive College Students, Nicholas Efren Negrete Jan 2016

Examining Undergraduate Faculty's Competence And Confidence In Addressing Distressed And Disruptive College Students, Nicholas Efren Negrete

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Mental health issues serve as a leading barrier to academic success for college students. As mental health issues among college students continue to escalate, there is an increased likelihood in the manifestation of demonstrable distress and disruption among college students within the classroom. However, there is dearth of research surrounding faculty's confidence and competence related to college students' mental health experiences, namely experiences with students in distress or those whom are disruptive. This qualitative research study will focus on examining faculty's confidence and competence in responding to distressed and disruptive college students through an interpretevist lens. Using Noddings ...


The Story Of A Foster Youths Journey Through The Maze Of Higher Education; Implications For Faculty And Staff Throughout The Campus, Lynn Wales Jan 2016

The Story Of A Foster Youths Journey Through The Maze Of Higher Education; Implications For Faculty And Staff Throughout The Campus, Lynn Wales

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

As educators and higher education administrators, it is important that we connect to our students. It serves us well to learn the stories behind those beautiful eyes looking back at us, as we support their navigation through the journey of higher education. This thesis, written in a Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) style, will use former foster youth students, as well as at-risk youth, as the population of focus. I will relay my own personal experiences, as a former youth-in-care. I will also explore this kind of alternative upbringing, to draw closer to the conclusions and insights of the struggles and ...


The Final Word: Reflections From An Unlikely Faculty Member, Kathleen Manning, Ph.D. Feb 2015

The Final Word: Reflections From An Unlikely Faculty Member, Kathleen Manning, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Kenneth P. Saurman Award: But I Thought It Would Fit!: Musing On The Clash Between Expectations And Reality, Audrey Claire Redmond Feb 2015

Kenneth P. Saurman Award: But I Thought It Would Fit!: Musing On The Clash Between Expectations And Reality, Audrey Claire Redmond

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


A Reflection On Transitions, Bridget Turner Kelly, Ph.D., Robert Kelly, Ph.D. Feb 2015

A Reflection On Transitions, Bridget Turner Kelly, Ph.D., Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Still Have Some Growing To Do, Deborah E. Hunter, Ph.D. Feb 2015

Still Have Some Growing To Do, Deborah E. Hunter, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Learning From Student Affairs Professionals: Applying Lessons Of Social Justice, Equity And Inclusion In Higher Education Administration, Jeff Bukowski, Ed.D. Feb 2015

Learning From Student Affairs Professionals: Applying Lessons Of Social Justice, Equity And Inclusion In Higher Education Administration, Jeff Bukowski, Ed.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Reclaiming All My Parts: A Poetic Journey In Discovering Vulnerability, Carrie Wicks Feb 2015

Reclaiming All My Parts: A Poetic Journey In Discovering Vulnerability, Carrie Wicks

The Vermont Connection

It is not until we walk the road of transition that we truly feel the way it shakes, unravels, and awakens our core. Drawing from Jones, McEwen, and Abes’ (2007) article, “Reconceptualizing the Model of Multiple Dimensions of Identity: The Role of Meaning-Making Capacity in the Construction of Multiple Identities” and acclaimed cultural critic, feminist, and author, bell hooks, I will explore the ways in which three of my most salient social identities helped to shape and direct my journey within student affairs. I will utilize poetry and personal narrative to explore the impacts that the change in context had ...


"Queerituality": Reforming What It Means To Be A Religious Queer, Sean R. Smallwood Feb 2015

"Queerituality": Reforming What It Means To Be A Religious Queer, Sean R. Smallwood

The Vermont Connection

College settings often place students in a petri dish where they are able to reflect on their innermost identities, values, and how they come to know the world around them. Through intentional efforts, student affairs professionals can create spaces where students are able to explore identities that society often states as being mutually exclusive. There is a body of research to help student affairs practitioners support queer-identified students developmentally (e.g. Cass’ Identity Model, Fassinger’s Model of Gay and Lesbian Identity Development, and D’Augelli’s Model of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Development). The topic of spirituality as ...


Affirmative Action And Faculty In Higher Education, Victor A. Sánchez Feb 2015

Affirmative Action And Faculty In Higher Education, Victor A. Sánchez

The Vermont Connection

Lawsuits that dispute the need of affirmative action have surfaced since the establishment of the law in the early 1960s (Park & Liu, 2014). Higher education practitioners and faculty must expand its understanding of affirmative action, racism, and oppression to better understand the need for affirmative action. The relationship between affirmative action and faculty must be studied further to understand the role of affirmative action in higher education. This literature review defines affirmative action, provides arguments that support and oppose affirmative action, explores the relationship between affirmative action and faculty, and provides implications for higher education.


Finding My Way To Me: Coming Out And Becoming Enough, Deryka C. Nairne Feb 2015

Finding My Way To Me: Coming Out And Becoming Enough, Deryka C. Nairne

The Vermont Connection

For years, I have been on a journey of self-discovery. I have a history of self-deprecation, as well as a lack of believing in being worthy of being truly loved. I have suffered, and I have triumphed on this journey. Brown’s (2010) TEDTalk surrounding shame and vulnerability spoke directly to my heart. This essay will contain those who have words that help me heal. It will focus on how I have or have not made strides to create my own meaning. The content will come from my core. It will encompass the transition and rollercoaster that is my journey ...


Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light: Liberation Through Education, Jeff P. Godowski Feb 2015

Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light: Liberation Through Education, Jeff P. Godowski

The Vermont Connection

The “Allegory of the Cave,” Book VII of Plato’s Republic, has been a staple in Western philosophical and political thought for millennia. Following a brief summary of Plato’s story told by Socrates, this article makes a case for using the allegory as a framework for discussing the systems of oppression created by colonialism and hegemonic control. The second part of this article discusses the ways in which Plato’s vision has been used in educational philosophy and psychology to symbolize the gradual processes of education as a means of liberation. This discussion takes the form of an analysis ...


Grounded In Experience: Entering Higher-Higher Education As A Pilipino American, Eric Gerona Carnaje Feb 2015

Grounded In Experience: Entering Higher-Higher Education As A Pilipino American, Eric Gerona Carnaje

The Vermont Connection

The decision to go back to school in pursuit of higher-higher education is an extremely strenuous, anxiety-stricken, self-reflective, and courageous process, especially for those that have been “out of school” for two years or more. Although there is some existing literature on nontraditional students and their journey going to college, there is even less literature on the experiences of returning students that decide to pursue a graduate degree after being academically removed from their undergraduate institution for quite some time. Thus, this paper seeks to examine some of the more specific instances experienced by graduate students, particularly those that returned ...


Small Town Kid In The Big City: Toward An Understanding Of Rurality In Student Identity Development, Roman Christiaens Feb 2015

Small Town Kid In The Big City: Toward An Understanding Of Rurality In Student Identity Development, Roman Christiaens

The Vermont Connection

As intersectional identity frameworks urge student affairs practitioners to move toward a holistic view of the students we work with, it becomes evident that there are gaps in the literature regarding the ways in which dimensions of identity are culturally and contextually bound in place and time. These frameworks tend to minimize or ignore how students’ identity development on a college campus is informed by the environment and influences of their upbringing. College students of rural upbringings are an often overlooked demographic in higher education, and thus can serve as a case study to begin addressing this gap in the ...


Finding Health And Happiness The Write Way: Blogging As Self-Care Within Student Affairs And Higher Education, Melissa Carlson Feb 2015

Finding Health And Happiness The Write Way: Blogging As Self-Care Within Student Affairs And Higher Education, Melissa Carlson

The Vermont Connection

Blogging has its roots in journal writing and has risen in popularity as a form of self-care practice. As the modern day diary, blogs are a medium through which authors can share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with peers in the form of self-disclosure. Unlike the key-locked diaries of the past, blogs provide student affairs practitioners with the unique opportunity for reader feedback in the form of commentary. The give-and-take between blog authors and their readers has been associated with many physical and psychological benefits that go far beyond the keyboard. Many higher education professionals have already begun tapping into ...


Feminist Self-Care For Higher Education Professionals, Cait Bjellquist, Barbara Perlman Feb 2015

Feminist Self-Care For Higher Education Professionals, Cait Bjellquist, Barbara Perlman

The Vermont Connection

Physical fitness is historically rooted in the construction of masculinity, making gender inclusive fitness an important part of feminist identity development (Kane & Snyder, 1989). Developed in the 1970s and formalized in early 2000s, CrossFit is a growing fitness movement based on the idea that fitness is a multifaceted way of being and works best when lived in community. Feminist consciousness-raising groups and CrossFit groups have capitalized on the value of community to build engagement, encouragement, and solidarity. Noting that self-care is crucial in the work of student affairs professionals, this article will examine the CrossFit Movement using Downing and Roush ...


Entering The Gates Of The Academy: Transitions Into The Professoriate, Vijay Kanagala, Ph.D. Feb 2015

Entering The Gates Of The Academy: Transitions Into The Professoriate, Vijay Kanagala, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Editor's Note, Nakiya C. Findley Feb 2015

Editor's Note, Nakiya C. Findley

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Helping Students Find Meaning While Finding My Own: A Scholarly Personal Narrative Navigating Single-Motherhood And A Career In Admissions, Amber Rich Jan 2015

Helping Students Find Meaning While Finding My Own: A Scholarly Personal Narrative Navigating Single-Motherhood And A Career In Admissions, Amber Rich

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

ABSTRACT

In this dissertation, I explore my role as an administrator in higher education admissions at a major university and as a working mother who faces many real world challenges. The grueling travel demands, lofty enrollment goals, campus and inter-office politics, as well as the weekend and late night hours required, made it extremely difficult to achieve a healthy work life balance in admissions while also raising a small child. Additionally, "admissions" is increasingly becoming the "hot seat" within institutions of higher education. Gone are the days of an almost tenure like quality to enrollment professionals. If an enrollment director ...


Tejanos In College: How Texas Born Mexican-American Students Navigate Ethnoracial Identity, Tomás Sanchez Jan 2015

Tejanos In College: How Texas Born Mexican-American Students Navigate Ethnoracial Identity, Tomás Sanchez

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

For Latina's in the United States, navigating the spectrum of racial and ethnic identities can be complicated. This same complication has the potential to affect one of the largest groups of Latina's in the nation: Mexican-Americans living in Texas or Tejanos. Through qualitative analyses of interviews and surveys and the use of an ecological framework on identity development theories for Latina's, Native Americans, Multiracial peoples and those in the Mexican diaspora, this study examines various factors that influences the ethnoracial identity choice of Tejano college students.

Findings revealed that there were several common themes across all the ...


Meeting Their Needs: Transition To College With An Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lindsay Hammond Jan 2014

Meeting Their Needs: Transition To College With An Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lindsay Hammond

The Vermont Connection

It is important to understand the unique challenges that students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face. In the medical sciences, there is a growing body of knowledge regarding an increase in diagnoses of ASDs, but this phenomenon also impacts those of us in education. Student affairs administrators need to examine what is working on campuses as well as what is missing from creating the most successful experience possible for this population. The author will review the definition of ASDs, housing options for students on the spectrum, current practices, the gaps in literature, and the roles of student affairs professionals ...


On Creating And Framing Cissexual Advocacy With Trans* Community In Higher Education, Benjamin Z. Huelskamp Jan 2014

On Creating And Framing Cissexual Advocacy With Trans* Community In Higher Education, Benjamin Z. Huelskamp

The Vermont Connection

Utilizing scholarly personal narrative (SPN) and the author’s experiences as a cissexual aspiring ally to the trans* community, this essay discusses cissexual advocacy with the trans* community. In order to frame this advocacy a theoretical framework is proposed for cissexuals.


Using Social Media For Effective Customer Service, Patrick Arsenault Jan 2014

Using Social Media For Effective Customer Service, Patrick Arsenault

The Vermont Connection

Colleges and universities can no longer be characterized as education institutions only, as they are increasingly facing the same challenges as traditional businesses (Anctil, 2008). More specifically, students now want to be seen as customers and thus expect more value from institutions where they choose to matriculate (Halbesleben, Becker & Buckley, 2003; Woddall, Hiller & Resnick, 2012). Offering education as a commodity no longer suffices and institutions that want to remain competitive should engage with stakeholders to create meaningful experiences, which are part of the institutions’ offer (Pine & Gilmore, 1998). Many colleges and universities show increased interest in the potential of social media as ...


Ready For Anything, Edward Keagle Jan 2014

Ready For Anything, Edward Keagle

The Vermont Connection

Graduates of student affairs programs do not all sustain careers in college student personnel. Is that a failure of the programs? What is it about the student personnel point of view that allows many of us to find success in alternative careers? We owe a lot to the lessons learned in higher education administration. The author began his professional career in student affairs before realizing a long-deferred childhood interest to become an architect. Thirty years later, he continues to draw on training from his first career. Perhaps a M.Ed. degree in college student affairs, along with working experience in ...