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2023 faculty racial justice & decolonization institute

Supporting the teaching approaches of student affairs and higher education faculty

11-14 july 2023 // chicago, illinois

The Faculty Racial Justice and Decolonization Institute, sponsored by the ACPA Foundation, provides a guided, curricular experience for tenure and non-tenure track faculty in higher education and student affairs programs that can develop essential knowledge and skill related to racial justice & decolonization in teaching activities. The institute will provide opportunities for dialogue and activities to assist with teaching practices rooted in advancing racial justice and decolonization. The Faculty Racial Justice and Decolonization Institute invites participants to leave with knowledge and skills to implement the SIRJD in curricula development, pedagogical practices, and learning environments. 


  • Dynamic curriculum focused on identifying pedagogical practices rooted in racial justice and decolonization 
  • A highly interactive and engaging learning environment including individual and group activities, syllabi planning, and pedagogical demonstrations 
  • In depth discussions and reflections facilitated through small groups.
  • Intentional small group interactions to support teaching and professional development


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Quortne R Hutchings, Ph.D.

they, them, theirs // Northern Illinois University

Quortne R. Hutchings (they, them) is a first-generation college graduate, proud Ronald E. McNair scholar alum, and assistant professor of higher education at Northern Illinois University. Their research primarily focuses on Black gay, bisexual, queer, and non-binary undergraduate and graduate students’ academic and social experiences in higher education, student affairs professionals’ experiences in student and academic affairs, undergraduate and graduate students’ experiences with substance use and recovery, and critical qualitative methodologies (e.g., queer phenomenology, arts-based research, and collaborative autoethnography). Quortne has student and academic affairs experiences in academic advising, orientation, multicultural affairs, TRiO programs, and leadership development. Quortne’s current work utilizes podcasting as a method and analytic approach to exploring Black gay, bisexual, and queer men’s experiences in men of color (MoC) and Black male initiative (BMI) programs at higher education institutions. 

They serve on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development research-in-brief and the Journal of First-Generation Student Success. Their research has been published in the Journal of Autoethnography, International Journal of STEM Education, Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Quortne holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, an M.Ed. in Education, Organization, and Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and a B.A. in African and African-American Studies, minors in Sociology and Human Development & Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Laila McCloud, Ph.D.

she, her, Black woman // Grand Valley State University

Dr. Laila McCloud is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Grand Valley State University. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (Higher Education and Student Affairs) from the University of Iowa. Prior to pursuing a faculty career, she served as a student affairs educator focused on issues of equity and access at several institutions in the Chicagoland area.  Laila’s research uses critical theories and methods to explore: (1) the professional and academic socialization of Black college students; (2) the professionalization of multicultural student affairs work; and (3) teaching and learning practices in higher education and student affairs graduate preparation programs.

She serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Laila is an active member and has held leadership roles in higher education and student affairs associations such as ACPA, ASHE, and NASPA. Laila is a Research Associate with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL). In 2023, she was recognized as an ACPA Emerging Scholar.

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Ricardo Montelongo, Ph.D.

he, him, his // Sam Houston State University

Ricardo Montelongo, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He teaches in the Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Leadership, and Developmental Education Administration programs. Ricardo’s primary research interests include college student involvement; the impact of Latina/o/x college student organizations; diversity issues in higher education; and spirituality in higher education. He also studies (critical) digital pedagogy and online teaching and learning.  At Sam Houston State University, he teaches courses such as: Organization and Administration of Higher Education, Leadership of Higher Education, The College Student, Student Noncognitive Development, History of Higher Education, Diverse Student Populations. His publications can be found in About Campus, ACPA Developments, CLEARVoz Journal, College Teaching, International Journal of Information & Learning Technology, and Journal of College Student Development. He has twenty years professional administrative experience in student success, academic advising, academic enhancement, Student Support Services/TRiO, institutional research, career development and residence life.  He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University and a M.S. in Student Affairs Administration and B.S. in Psychology both from Texas A&M University. Dr. Montelongo is active in ACPA College Student Educators International and was co-chair of its Latinx Network from 2011-2013. His personal website is located at  

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Ericka Roland, Ph.D.

she, her, hers // University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Ericka Roland is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines the processes and barriers to critical consciousness development in higher education. She has three interconnected lines of inquiry: (1) critical teaching and learning; (2) higher education environments; and (3) relationship formation and function. She centers the pursuit of equity in all of her projects with a commitment to research and practice that cultivates transformative possibilities. Dr. Roland uses qualitative methodologies and critical and Black feminist theoretical approaches in her inquiries. Before entering academia, she worked as a student affairs professional in residential life and Greek life.

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Michael Steven Williams, Ph.D.

he, him, his | University of Missouri

Dr. Michael Steven Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Missouri. His research program broadly focuses on inclusion, diversity, and equity, the social-psychological development of students, and institutional excellence in American postsecondary education. Specifically, he centers his inquiry on two aspects of higher education: (a) interpersonal relationships, particularly socialization, mentoring, and belonging for students, administrators, and faculty, and (b) the institution, focusing on organizational improvement and accountability through multi-pronged assessment and evaluation.

Before joining the Mizzou faculty in 2017, he was an Assistant Professor of public and international affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has also served as a student affairs educator in several different roles, including residence hall director, living learning community assistant director, and admissions assistant. At Mizzou Ed, he teaches honors and graduate (M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D.) courses related to higher education.

Williams’ scholarship has been featured in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, the Journal of African American Studies, and the Journal of College Student Retention, among other publications. He is on the editorial board for several journals including the College Student Affairs Journal and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and other professional organizations. Williams is committed to translating his research to inform policies and practices that promote social justice and student success in higher education.

Registration Rates

Before 12 June 2023                      After 12 June 2023

$395                     $595

membership must be active through 14 July 2023

Before 12 June 2023                      After 12 June 2023

$495                     $695

become a member of ACPA to save $100 on your registration price!

Scholarship information

ACPA members are eligible to apply to receive scholarship funds due to the support of the ACPA Foundation. Scholarship funds will cover institute registration, hotel, as well as various meals during the institute. Scholarship funds will not cover travel related expenses. 

The scholarship application is included in the institute registration form. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and funds awarded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. If you apply to receive an institute scholarship, please select “Check” as your payment method when submitting your institute registration.

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing at ACPA by 12 June 2023. Cancellations must be sent to After 12 June 2023, there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of US$50 for returned checks. Registrations are non-transferable. The conference may be canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies


The host hotel for the Institute is the The Westin O’Hare • 6100 North River Road Rosemont, Illinois 60018.

Nightly Rate // $198
Last Day to Book: Monday, 19 June 2023

NOTE: Scholarship recipients should NOT reserve their own hotel rooms. ACPA will manage your room reservation.


*all times listed in Eastern Time

Tuesday, 11 July

  • 5:00-6:00pm // Optional Meet and Greet with attendees and institute faculty
  • 6:30pm // Dinner on your own

Wednesday, 12 July

  • 8:00-8:45 am // Registration Open 
  • 9:00- 10:00 am  // Welcome and Opening 
  • 10:00-11:00 am  // Teaching Restorative Activity
  • 11:30-1:00 pm // Lunch 
  • 1:00-4:00pm // Collaborative Teaching Lab 
  • 4:20-5:00 pm // Practice Dialogue

Thursday, 13 July

  • 9:00 – 9:30 am // Welcome and Opening 
  • 9:30-11:30 am  // Collaborative Teaching Lab
  • 12:00-1:00 pm //Lunch 
  • 1:00-4:00pm // Collaborative Teaching Lab 
  • 4:20-5:00 pm // Practice Dialogue 

Friday, 14 July

  • 9:30-10:00 am // Welcome and Opening 
  • 10:00-12:00 am  // Teaching Restorative Activity


July 11 @ 2:00 pm UTC+0
July 14 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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Westin Rosemont O’Hare
6100 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018