Institutions/organizations often struggle to empower, affirm, retain as well as authenticate the knowledge and experience of BIPoC Professionals, who embark on inaugural roles/positions. This session focuses on the counter storytelling of three Queer BIPoC , student affairs professionals who share their experiences of working in inaugural roles at predominantly White institutions in the northeast of the United States. Participants will explore issues of racism, anti-blackness, ableism and othering at the intersections of visible as well as invisible minoritized identities.
- Understand the duality and complexities of anti-blackness at the intersections of ability, gender identity, gender expression and sexuality when navigating inaugural roles/positions
- Identify the ways in which they/their institutions uphold or denounce anti-blackness at the intersections of ability, gender identity, gender expression and sexuality when navigating inaugural roles/positions.
- Develop strategies to address and dismantle these specific systems of oppression when navigating inaugural roles/positions
ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
- Leadership (LEAD)
- Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI)
- Olajiwon McCadney, Harrisburg Area Community College
- Theresa Hernandez
- Melanie Pagán
Olajiwon McCadney (he/they) is the Assistant Vice President of Diversity Studies & Intercultural Affairs at HACC, Pennsylvania Community Colleges. McCadney is a board member for the Western New York Chapter of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) as well as serves as a facilitator for the national team with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego and volunteers as Financial Literacy Coach in Rochester, NY. Lastly, McCadney holds an MSEd in Organizational Leadership & Performance Technology from the College at Potsdam, State University of New York as well as certification in Professional Coaching and is a current doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.