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From Disconnection To Sentience: Creating Space For Practitioners Who Experience Student Death, Kevin L. Wright Apr 2020

From Disconnection To Sentience: Creating Space For Practitioners Who Experience Student Death, Kevin L. Wright

The Vermont Connection

Student crises are a common issue within higher education. When a student comes to a college campus, it is the duty and responsibility of student affairs professionals to empower them and contribute to their holistic success. Unfortunately, some students fall through the cracks and the result can conclude with a student transferring to another institution, failing their classes, dropping out of college, or in a worst-case scenario, death. Working in higher education requires hard work and heart work. There is an emotional investment in the work that is produced by scholar-practitioners. When unfortunate situations occur that result in a student ...


An Act Of Courage: Providing Space For African American Graduate Students To Express Their Feelings Of Disconnectedness, Dr Frederick V. Engram Jr Apr 2020

An Act Of Courage: Providing Space For African American Graduate Students To Express Their Feelings Of Disconnectedness, Dr Frederick V. Engram Jr

The Vermont Connection

The purpose of this article is to discuss the lived experiences of African American graduate students (master’s level) enrolled at a predominantly white institution (PWI). I explore the experiences of graduate students lacking connection to their institution. I will also explore how institutional and systemic racism impact creating a space for African American graduate students to persist. I examine how persistence allows for these students to complete their degrees and feel a sense of connectedness to the institution. I will use the television (TV) series A Different World and The Quad to draw comparison and contrast to African American ...


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

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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.


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.


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

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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.


Editor's Note, Marco A. Blanco Jan 2014

Editor's Note, Marco A. Blanco

The Vermont Connection

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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 ...


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.


Black Identity Development, Keyiona Ritchey Jan 2014

Black Identity Development, Keyiona Ritchey

The Vermont Connection

The purpose of this literature review is to discuss the stages of Black identity development among Black students in higher education attending predominantly White institutions (PWIs). I explore the different stages of Nigrescence, which is the process of becoming Black (Cross, 1991). Research on Black identity development is critical for student affairs professionals because it can serve as a foundation to help understand different developmental processes that Black students may experience in college. Ultimately, competency in Nigrescence can help influence how student affairs professionals help support Black students as they learn to navigate their racial identity in college. Additionally, student ...


Self-Work Is Self-Liberation: Professional Development That Is Beyond The Classroom, Krstine A. Din Jan 2014

Self-Work Is Self-Liberation: Professional Development That Is Beyond The Classroom, Krstine A. Din

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Higher Education And External Communities: Interconnectedness And Interdependence, Jing Luo Jan 2014

Higher Education And External Communities: Interconnectedness And Interdependence, Jing Luo

The Vermont Connection

Higher education institutions interact closely with a multitude of external communities. The diversity and multitude of communities have resulted in new relationships within higher education stakeholders. These relationships have ranged from local, regional, national, and international discourses. It has led to internal and external functions. Internal functions, including teaching and research, apply to work-based industry and affect the external functions of economic and societal change. Taking the initiative to reach out to communities will create fundamental social change, take on civic engagement and warrant the necessity that teaching and research hold the public accountable and adjust to societal needs. Market-based ...


The Future Of Higher Education!: Reflections On My First Year In Academia, Shametrice Davis Jan 2014

The Future Of Higher Education!: Reflections On My First Year In Academia, Shametrice Davis

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Oppression, Domination, Prison: The Mass Incarceration Of Latino And African American Men, Danielle Nicole Aguilar Jan 2014

Oppression, Domination, Prison: The Mass Incarceration Of Latino And African American Men, Danielle Nicole Aguilar

The Vermont Connection

The disproportionate number of Latino and African American men who occupy prison beds brought much attention to the U.S. prison industrial complex. According to Sabol and Couture (as cited by Rios, 2011), “In 2007, about 16.6% of all Black males and 7.7% of all Latino males were or had been incarcerated” (p. 34). This literature review connected internalized oppression and the prison industrial complex. It further explained the prison system as a form of internalized domination. A review of drug laws and federal financial aid is discussed.


Restorative Justice Programs In Higher Education, Marlenee Lizeth Blas Pedreal Jan 2014

Restorative Justice Programs In Higher Education, Marlenee Lizeth Blas Pedreal

The Vermont Connection

Numerous university campuses have adopted the practice of restorative justice to address conduct, behavior, and conflict (Karp, 2013). Currently, restorative justice teachings and trainings implement programs that are committed to student learning and community develop-ment, but do not account for racial discourse. This article considers the concept of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of 1995, restorative justice (Davis, 2003), and community teachings (hooks, 2013). Through a principled examination of the links between the reproduction of whiteness, colorblind approaches, and praxis, this reflection considers race as to not reproduce racism, but more importantly, to engage in anti-racist, social justice work. Finally ...


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 ...


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 ...