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Enacting Intersectionality in Student Affairs: New Directions for Student Services, Number 157

Enacting Intersectionality in Student Affairs: New Directions for Student Services, Number 157

Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-40863-5 April 2017 Jossey-Bass 104 Pages


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While models of identity and student development have been essential tools for student affairs practitioners, intersectionality has increasingly been recognized as an analytic framework that captures the complex interaction of social identities at the personal level and in larger social systems.

This volume demonstrates how intersectionality informs and enhances student affairs practice in the areas of student identity theory, programming, research, coalition building, residential life, service-learning, international student services, and strategic planning in significant and transformative ways.
  • Provides multiple, concrete examples of intersectional interventions and programs,
  • Evaluates the promises and challenges of implementing intersectionality in day-to-day practice, and
  • Describe how its core tenets enhance our understanding of resistance, privilege, and students’ responses to social justice education.
The contributors also wrestle with key questions that arise when we enact intersectionality in student affairs work, such as whether the framework reflects the experiences of people from privileged social
groups or what additional social categories should be considered when addressing identity from an intersectional perspective.

This is the 157th volume of this Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly series. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.

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1. Multidimensional Identity Model Revisited: Implications for Student Affairs 15
Raechele L. Pope, Amy L. Reynolds

2. Engaging Students at the Intersections Through Multicultural Centers: An Application of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environment Model 25
James C. McShay

3. Teaching Community On and Off Campus: An Intersectional Approach to Community Engagement 35
Tania D. Mitchell

4. Helping Students Understand Intersectionality: Reflections from a Dialogue Project in Residential Life 45
Sharon Chia Claros, Gina A. Garcia, Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero, Christine Mata

5. Using Intersectionality in Student Affairs Research 57
Terrell L. Strayhorn

6. Intersectionality in Student Affairs: Perspective from a Senior Student Affairs Officer 69
Larry Moneta

7. A “Nation-ized” Intersectional Analysis: The Politics of Transnational Campus Unity 81
Margo Okazawa-Rey

8. Advancing Social Justice Work at the Intersections of Multiple Privileged Identities 91
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