Reflecting On the Past; Shaping the Future of Student Affairs

  • Michael J. Stebleton University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Marina B. Aleixo University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Keywords: IMMIGRANT, STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, FIRST-GENERATION, STUDENT SUCCESS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, STUDENTS OF COLOR

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to invite student affairs educators to reflect on the past to help shape the future of the profession.  The metaphor of a public art exhibit with five reflective questions is used to inspire educators to think critically about student engagement.  As the demographics of students pursuing higher education changes, we urge a recommitment to historically underserved student populations.  This call to service invokes a social justice philosophy when we serve historically marginalized student groups, including immigrants, students of color, and first-generation learners.  Doing so will engage students and reenergize our commitment to the profession.

Key Words:  IMMIGRANT; STUDENT ENGAGEMENT; FIRST-GENERATION; STUDENT SUCCESS; SOCIAL JUSTICE; STUDENTS OF COLOR

Author Biographies

Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Asssitant Professor

Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Marina B. Aleixo, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

PhD Candidate

Education, Curriculum, and Instruction

Published
2011-11-28
Section
Special Topic: Engaging the Future