Questions about the work

Questions about my work

  • How do I define social justice work?
  • Research questions – a lot of them -= how do you distinguish them – what are the sub questions – research question 1, 1a, b, c…
  • Focusing the big question
  • what do I mean by experiences? what does it mean?
  • what do i mean by mid-level?
  • Is this a part of their job? or do they advocate?
  • Field professes values around social justice – valuing, doing and implementing are not the same thing… how do mid-level interpret social justice
  • compassion fatigue…
  • x amount of experience in student affairs
  • seasoned == ??
  • People who have been in the field for 7-10 years+
  • Reshape for a smaller problem statement
  • Kim’s word: concomitant


Updated: September 9, 2009 at 5:50pm

Student affairs professionals are positioned between students and the university’s power structure. Because of this hierarchy, the informal out-of-classroom interactions between students and student affairs professionals are often rich with diverse experiences. Higher education is built upon Eurocentric roots tied to the hierarchal system instituted within the colonial foundation of higher education (Altbach, 2001). The current system continues to privilege Euro-American white students, and has not yet adapted to the steadily diversifying student body. Due to these structures seasoned mid-level student affairs professionals are often stretched between policy, people, and purpose while working towards creating an equitable campus environment.


Updated: September 9, 2009 at 5:50pm

The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore what seasoned mid-level student affairs professionals experience while doing social justice work in higher education through narrative inquiry.