The Conflicts of 2020

Reflections from a Graduate Course on Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education

Edited by:
Alyssa Brigham, Texas A&M University
Christine A. Stanley, Texas A&M University

A volume in the series: Contemporary Issues in Conflict Management and Dialogue. Editor(s): Nance T Algert, Texas A&M University. Carla Liau-Hing Yep, Texas A&M University. Kenita S. Rogers, Texas A&M University. Christine A. Stanley, Texas A&M University.

Published 2021

The year 2020 presented conflicts in higher education, including a global pandemic, racial protests, cries for Black Lives Matter following the deaths of Black women and men by police, education moved online to virtual classrooms, and the U.S. economy struggling as millions of Americans were furloughed or worked remotely and ordered everything curbside; all of this compounded by an election year. This book is a compilation of perspectives shared from students enrolled in a graduate course on diversity and social justice in higher education who found community in sharing their personal and professional experiences associated with identity and allyship development, socialization, activism, institutionalized racism, academic traditions, advising, to implications for change in higher education policies, processes, and practice.

Foreword, Marilyn S. Mobley. Introduction: The Conflicts of 2020: Creating Community From a Graduate Course on Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education, Alyssa Brigham and Christine A. Stanley. Acknowledgements. From Unconscious Racism to Allyship: A Reflection on My Ongoing Journey, Trent Smith. White Folks: Our Ignorance Is Not Innocent, Kevin Bazner. Good Enough Isn’t Enough: The New World of Online Teaching and Learning, Hannah Malcomb and Alyssa Brigham. Reframing the Role of the Academic Advising Profession in Higher Education: Agents of Social Change and Justice, Rafael R. Almanzar. Recruiting vs. Supporting Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Myroslaba Martinez and Marissa Castillo. Contributing to a Chilly Climate: White Institutional Presence in Campus Traditions, Libby Daggers and Allison Rivera. Shutting Up Ain’t Part of the Game: Understanding and Supporting College Athlete Activism, Sayvon JL Foster. About the Contributors.