The Personal is Professional: Exploring Emerging Student Affairs Professionals’ Intimacies
Monday, March 8th, 2021 2:30PM-3:30PM EST
Presenters: Ashley N Robinson – University of Connecticut; Sade Erinfolami – Sade Erinfolami Tania Flores University of Connecticut; Trevor Madore Trevor Madore
Description: Using Scholarly Personal Narratives, we examine how emerging student affairs professionals’ personal and intimate experiences of navigating the transition to a graduate preparation program shed light on the structural problems within higher education organizations and institutions. Rather than focusing on how to better prepare or teach emerging professionals to meet the needs of student affairs organizations and institutions, we invert the focus, considering what students’ personal challenges and troubles tell us about how organizations and institutions may need to change.


The Ebony Tower: Career Trajectory Planning for Black Female Leadership
Monday, March 8th, 2021 3:30PM-4:30PM EST
Presenters: Nuchelle L Chance – Fort Hays State University; Kellie M Dixon – North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Description: Black women are grossly underrepresented in higher education administration, specifically in the presidency, as they make up only five percent of all college presidents (American Council on Education [ACE], 2017). This presentation intends to shed light on the value of mentorship and sponsorship as factors that promote Black women’’s leadership development. This presentation will provide direction and guidance to those women attempting to advance in the pipeline of higher education administrative leadership.


From Master’s to Ph.D.: The Student of Color Experience
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 12:00PM-1:00PM EST
Presenters: Antonio Duran – Auburn University; Lane Washington – University of Florida; Tiffany L Steele – Oakland University
Description: The experience of doctoral students of color who go “straight through” from a master’’s in higher education is unique. However, this topic is rarely explored or discussed extensively. Through a panel discussion informed by a framework of socialization of graduate and professional students, presenters will share their personal experiences after completing their Ph.D. to unpack information about the doctoral process from the lens of going “straight through” to shed more light on this population.


Against All Odds: Black Women Doctoral Students’ Experiences
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 3:30PM-4:30PM EST
Presenters: Kaleb L Briscoe – Mississippi State University; Dr. Candace N. Hall – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Tiffany L Steele – Oakland University
There is growing scholarship on the doctoral journeys of Black women in higher education. To expand this research, 3 Black women reflect on their doctoral experiences in higher education. Using a Black feminist autoethnographic approach, participants were able to identify similar experiences of moving from surviving to thriving in academia. Authors will provide ways for Black graduate women to thrive during their studies and recommendations for higher education to call for systemic changes that influence institutionalized support for Black women.


PEF Combatting Compassion Fatigue & Burnout in Student Affairs Professionals
Wednesday, March 9th, 2021 2:30PM-3:30PM 
Presenters: Kristin Mehr – West Chester University; Caitlin Cassidy – West Chester University; Rachel Daltry – West Chester University
In these stressful and difficult times, student affairs professionals may be more prone to experiencing impaired professional quality of life. This presentation will explore the concepts of compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction as they relate to the current experience of collective trauma due to COVID and other recent societal events. Participants will participate in activities to help them identify their own possible burnout contributors and self-care strategies to enhance satisfaction and reduce burnout.