Advisors’ Perspective

Teresa Metzger & Karla Perez-Velez, SAHE Journal Board Advisors

The 2018-2019 Colorado State University (CSU) Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Editorial Board for the Journal of Student Affairs has brought forward an engaging Journal for student affairs practitioners and scholars. We believe you will enjoy reading this year’s Journal of Student Affairs and appreciate the learning and development the Journal provides this year for our profession.

We would like to thank the SAHE Leadership Team, Dr. D-L Stewart, Dr. Pamela Graglia, Dr. Jen Johnson, as well as the School of Education for their unwavering support of the Journal and Editorial Board. Additionally, we would like to extend our gratitude to the SAHE supervisors, advisors, and faculty for without their support of the students and staff participating in the Editorial and Review Boards the work of the Journal could not be accomplished. To Colleen Rodriguez and her publishing team, we thank you for your assistance in producing the CSU SAHE Journal of Student Affairs.

We would also like to thank the leadership of CSU Housing and Dining Services – Christie Mathews, Director of University Housing Projects and Outreach; Laura Giles, Associate Executive Director; and Mari Strombom, Executive Director for the on-going support of us as the advisors of the SAHE Journal Board.

In 2018, we continued our development of scholarship in attending the 43rd Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) held in Tampa, FL with a conference focus of 1968 to 2018 Envisioning the Woke Academy: Past, Present, and Future. Our second-year students were able to connect with scholars, practitioners, and fellow graduate students while attending ASHE in addition to having the chance to interact with current CSU doctorate students, alumni, and faculty in the Higher Education and Leadership (HEL) program at the second annual CSU social hosted at the conference. It was a great time to connect and network with a large community of CSU scholars.

For our invited article, Dr. D-L Stewart engages us and the field with a thoughtful piece entitled Ideologies of Absence: Anti-Blackness and Inclusion Rhetoric in Student Affairs Practice. Dr. Stewart states,

Despite inclusion rhetoric in student affairs, anti-Blackness shapes the experiences of Black graduate and full-time professionals, who are both hypervisible and invisible in student affairs. Using four scenarios reflecting composite narratives, the author [Dr. Stewart] discusses how inclusion hides the pervasiveness of anti-Blackness in student affairs practice. Offering a new framework, the author discusses four ideologies of absence: (un)belonging, (un)safety, (in)validation, and (un)reward. These ideologies of absence are contrasted with four ideologies of Black presence.

The abstract above speaks to the ongoing narratives that black students and student affairs professionals experience on campus despite focused efforts on inclusion and social justice in higher education. The article goes on to discuss the impact of anti-blackness and white supremacy on college campuses. We are grateful for Dr. Stewart’s scholarship and for publishing this scholarly piece within the Journal of Student Affairs.

We continue to be honored in serving as the advisors to the CSU SAHE Journal Board, a group of dedicated graduate students working towards the advancement of scholarship in SAHE through the production of a scholarly journal. We are proud of the eight students we work with and their dedication in the production of the 28th Journal of Student Affairs. Lastly, to the 2018-2019 SAHE Journal Board, you have strengthened the foundation of the Journal through your thoughtful conversations and we thank you for your time and critical reflection. Each of you makes the advisor role a gratifying and educational experience.