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

Volume III - We've Come a Long Way: Senior-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. We’ve Come a Long Way. From Surviving to Thriving: An Ontological Journey to Freedom and Self-Expression, Uchenna Baker. I am Not Your Negro: Engaging Black Feminism, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality in Student Affairs, Issac Martel Carter. A Sister Administrator’s Reflection: Pathways, Problems, and Possibilities, Joelle Davis Carter. Navigating the Visible Invisible: Reflections of a Black Generation X Multicultural Affairs Practitioner, Jeffrey K. Coleman. Defiance: Resilient Women of Color, Shruti P. Desai. Lessons Learned Along the Way, Thandi Dinani. Survive, Thrive, and Propel: How I Get Through, Shaunna Payne Gold. Refusing Shift Work: Creating Space for Authentic Leadership in Pursuit of Equity, Shonda L. Goward. Finding Balance and Purpose Using the Centered Leadership Model, Marcelle Christian Hayashida. Learning to Wear Many Hats: Supervisor, Manager, and Leader in Student Affairs, Aja C. Holmes. Navigating Through Student Affairs as a Cultural Organizer, Charlene Martinez. Testimonios of Senior-Level Latino Student Affairs Professionals: Donde Hay Gana, Hay Mana, Ricardo Montelongo and Ray V. Plaza. Finding Our Voice: Becoming Scholar-Practitioners as Black Women in Student Affairs, Natesha L. Smith and Imani Fredricks-Lowman. No Ways...Finished, Tracy Poon Tambascia. Asian Pacific Islander Women Leaders in Higher Education: Not Tiger Mom, Dragon Lady, or China Doll, Dai To and Evette Castillo Clark. Concluding Thoughts: Lift Every Voice and Sing, Monica Galloway Burke and U. Monique Robinson. About the Editors. About the Contributors.