No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs

Volume II - By and By: Mid-Level Professionals

Edited by:
Monica Galloway Burke, Western Kentucky University
U. Monique Robinson, Vanderbilt University

A volume in the series: Research, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Empowerment Mentoring Series. Editor(s): Donna Y. Ford, Ohio State University.

Published 2019

Even though diversity is currently conveyed as a ubiquitous principle within institutions of higher education, professionals of color still face issues such as discrimination, the glass ceiling, lack of mentoring, and limited access to career networks. Unfortunately, an open channel does not exist for professionals of color to express their frustrations and genuine concerns.

The narratives in No Ways Tired present a powerful voice about the experiences of student affairs professionals of color in higher education, including intersecting identities such as race, class, and gender. Furthermore, the narratives are nuggets of personal truth that can serve as a lens for professionals of color who wish to develop strategies to succeed as they traverse their careers in higher education. Through the sharing of their visions of success, lessons learned, and cautionary tales, the authors openly offer insights about how they have created a way to survive and thrive within higher education in spite of challenges and distractions. They also articulate a vision where student affairs professionals of color can develop fully, be authentic, use their agency, and effectively contribute.

This book includes recommendations for professionals of color at all levels within higher education and ways to construct opportunities to flourish. The ultimate goal for this book is to promote discussions regarding how professionals of color can be more proactive in developing strategies that are conducive to their professional and personal success as they navigate their higher education careers.

Foreword. Introduction: No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs. Acknowledgments. By and By. Visible But Not Heard: The Lived Experience of a Black Cisgender Christian Woman as a New/Entry Level Student Affairs Professional at Historically White Institutions, DaVida L. Anderson. Using Counter-Stories as Strategies to Navigate Hostile Campus Environments, Rodney Bates. Rising Above Internalized Oppression: Strategies to Thrive as a Professional of Color, Araceli Cruz. Mí Latina Feminist Voz: Time for Conversation, Rocío Hernández Fajardo. Developing Best Practices to Mentor and Empower African American Male Administrators in Higher Education, Justin Grimes, Dallawrence Dean, and Dantrayl Smith. Find A Way or Make One: Navigating an Intersectional Experience While Being Your Authentic Self as a New Professional of Color, Frederick V. Engram Jr., Kelli A. Perkins, and Michael R. Williams. Doing the Work: A College Administrator’s Journey of Self-Discovery, Karen F. Jackson. Escape, Adapt, and Thrive: In Search of the Promised Land, Melvin (Jai) Jackson. Invisible Life in the Academy: Experiences of African American Women in Higher Education, Kimberly D. Johnson. Standing in the Gap: Navigating Othermothering as a Student Affairs Professional, Laila I. McCloud. Broken but Whole: How Difficult Transitions Add Value for African American New Professionals in Student Affairs, Sharee L. Myricks. Balancing Self-Presentation and Authentic Leadership Through Middle Management, Uzoma F. Obidike. Claiming Voice, Claiming Space: Using a Liberatory Praxis Towards Thriving as Student Affairs Professionals of Color, Roberto C. Orozco, Dana Michelle Harris, Tennille Haynes, Cynthia Sanchez Gomez, and Merylou Rodriguez. The Words That Set Us Free: Storytelling as Praxis for Student Affairs Professionals of Color, Allison C. Roman. A Homecoming of Sorts, Richard Song, Shirley M. Consuegra, and John C. Cruz. Transcending the Imposter Phenomenon as a Multiracial Professional, Ashley Spicer-Runnels. Scratching and Surviving in Residential Life: Good Times, Aaron Slocum. CritNoir: Naming and Claiming the Reality of Anti-Blackness in Student Affairs, Terah J. Stewart, Joan Collier, and Marvette Lacy. Our Work Is Political: Insights From Asian American Student Affairs Educators, Rita Zhang and Jude Paul Matias Dizon. Concluding Thoughts: Lift Every Voice and Sing, Monica Galloway Burke and U. Monique Robinson. About the Editors. About the Contributors.