This session introduces participants to a new text offering critical self-awareness as an approach to advising and supporting in student affairs. Presenters provide an overview of the text with emphasis on: (1) utilizing critical self-awareness as a framework for advising and supporting practices, (2) understanding compassion fatigue, and (3) navigating trauma stewardship. The session includes application opportunities for participants to consider their own development and what it means to support others’ growth, development, and success.
- Understand how to utilize critical self-awareness as a framework for advising and supporting in student affairs
- Explore how compassion fatigue and trauma stewardship influence student affairs work
- Reflect on their own approaches and experiences with advising and supporting, compassion fatigue, and trauma stewardship
ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
D. Chase J. Catalano, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. He spent 4 years as an assistant professor at Western Illinois University in the College Student Personnel Program. Chase’s student affairs work spanned numerous functional areas with his most recent role as the Director of the LGBT Resources Center at Syracuse University. He identifies as a trans scholar and his research and publications address topics of trans(*)ness, social justice, queerness, and masculinities. He has a commitment to practitioner-facing scholarship and cultivating scholar-practitioners' critical thinking and critical self-awareness to make higher education a liberatory space. He considers Dr. McCloud and Dr. Wagner, two of his favorite co-conspirators in academia and life.
Laila McCloud, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Educational Leadership and Counseling department at Grand Valley State University. Prior to pursuing a faculty career, Dr. McCloud served as a student affairs educator focused on issues of equity and access. She is the founding director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement at Concordia University Chicago. Her research uses critical theories and methods to broadly explore the professional and academic socialization of Black students within U.S. higher education. Outside of work she enjoys watching reality tv and cheers loudly at her son's basketball games.
Rachel Wagner, EdD, is an Associate Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs in the department of Educational and Organizational Leadership at Clemson University. Rachel has presented on gender, racism, dialogue, and social justice education at universities around the country. The goal of her research is to understand how post-secondary environments can support human flourishing. Specifically, her scholarship centers critical and emancipatory perspectives of equity and social justice in higher education through two primary areas of inquiry: (1) gender aware and expansive practice in higher education, and (2) social justice approaches to student affairs practice. Along with Dr. Chase Catalano, she edited Advising and Supporting in Student Affairs. She received the Harry Cannon Outstanding Professional Award (2014) and the Outstanding Research Award (2015) from ACPA’s Coalition on Men and Masculinities. In 2020 ACPA named Dr. Wagner an Emerging Scholar. She lives, works, plays, and prays on the ancestral homelands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the Cherokee Nation that were seized through US diplomatic and military incursions.