Diversity, Equity & Inclusion In Academic Advising: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies
Challenge - Advising students of color
Diversity, equity, and inclusion matter in higher education; however, many students of color do not reach their full potential at many colleges and universities. This huge problem will only worsen in the coming decades if not addressed purposefully and conscientiously. Academic advisors can be instrumental in making sure DEI initiatives are a top priority at the institution.
This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of why it is important to include fundamental principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the academic advising process. In addition, evidence-based best-practices for incorporating DEI into the process will be featured in this applications-oriented interactive session focused on tangible strategies that participants can employ immediately.
“As institutions increase their attempts to diversify and expand the undergraduate college student population, there is a need to increase the academic resources and support services for their students, particularly for students of Color. Because of this, academic advisors play an integral role in the academic success and degree completion of their students. The ways in which they advise and perceive their students can impact the way their students navigate and make sense of the college environment. This relationship between faculty advisor and student is just one aspect of the academic advising experience. In addition to establishing a relationship with a faculty advisor, students of Color must also learn how their ethnic and racial identities influence these interactions and their larger college experiences.” - University of Colorado, Boulder
Many institutions have made significant progress in their efforts to recruit, retain, graduate and place students from diverse backgrounds in a position for personal and professional success after graduation. However, the truth is that many students of color face immense challenges in the academic world — many of their peers who do not identify similarly cannot understand or appreciate. Academic advisors can play a significant role in helping these students be more successful and making others more aware of the challenges they face as they help them reach their full potential. The active promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is essential to the ultimate success of all students. Academic advisors can, and should, take a leadership role in making sure the campus environment is supportive of all students at the institution.
This webinar will provide evidence-based best practices that can be used to help academic advisors be more mindful of their inherent responsibility to integrate and reinforce the basic tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the advising process at all levels. A huge part of this process involves mentoring and coaching students, not only in their respective disciplines, and educating others about the social mores and political minefields than can characterize higher education. Concrete strategies for embedding DEI concepts into the academic advising process will be presented, together with case studies, demonstrating how to maximize their effectiveness.
- Review the current situation with respect to students of color on the contemporary college campus.
- Explore the obstacles that impede students of color from reaching their full potential at many higher education institutions.
- Investigate what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean personally to all students.
- Consider the role of institutional culture in the recruitment and retention of all students — especially students of color.
- Learn how to conduct a diversity, equity and inclusion needs analysis designed to reveal the strengths and weaknesses at their particular institution.
- Discuss how to translate the findings of the DEI needs analysis into a concrete action plan.
- Investigate the role of academic advisors in developing and implementing strategies designed to enhance DEI throughout the campus community.
- Examine evidence-based best practices in advising students of color.
- Critique real-life examples and case studies of effective and ineffective ways of integrating DEI into the academic advising process.
- Learn how to assess and anticipate the evolving DEI needs of the campus community.
- Academic Advisors
- Chief Diversity Officers
- Provosts and Vice Presidents (Academic, Administrative, Student Affairs)
- Academic Affairs Administrators
- Student Affairs Professionals
- Assessment and Accountability Professionals
- Faculty Recruitment Professionals
- Professional Development Specialists
- Any educator interested in learning more about enhancing DEI throughout the campus
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, counseling, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on enhancing student success.
Bio current as of June 2022.
“We must commit to incorporating a range of approaches to advising that considers the diverse needs and backgrounds of all students to create a supportive environment where they feel valued and have equitable access to resources. This commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion should be two-fold— ensuring a supportive organizational structure for the social and psychosocial well-being of marginalized students and guaranteeing support resources for the academic and psychological well-being of marginalized students. This commitment should also be accompanied by intentional efforts and measurable outcomes.”
Dr. Monica Galloway Burke is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Prior to her 24 years of experience as a faculty member and practitioner in Student Affairs and Higher Education, she worked in the field of mental health. Dr. Burke has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals and contributed chapters to various books. She also served as the lead author for Helping Skills for Working with College Students: Applying Counseling Theory to Student Affairs Practice (Routledge, 2017) and Helping Students in Distress: A Faculty Guide (Routledge, 2020). She is also a co-author for Mindful Strategies for Helping College Students Manage Stress: A Guide for Higher Education Professionals (Routledge, 2021). Dr. Burke also served as a co-editor for No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs, a three-set volume (Information Publishing, 2019) and for the forthcoming Contemporary Issues within Caribbean Economies. Additionally, she has conducted numerous workshops and presentations at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. Dr. Burke currently serves as the co-editor of the Journal of the Professoriate and has served on editorial boards of professional journals as an associate editor and reviewer. She has also supervised numerous research theses, dissertations, and research projects, some of which led to co-authored published manuscripts with students. Dr. Burke is a Global Labor Organization (GLO) Fellow and currently a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Innovation Learning as well as a Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Affairs for the Office of the Provost at Western Kentucky University. She is also a member of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s Faculty Advisory Network.
Bio current as of June 2022.
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