As institutions of higher education across the country grapple with how to best meet the needs of their primary consumers, college students, it becomes increasingly important to have at their disposal an array of frameworks that provide them with conceptual and theoretical models that not only assist them with understanding where they are, but also who they are along their respective learning, growth, and development trajectories.
While extant college student development theory has tended to provide a holistic view of what the literature has referred to as traditional postsecondary cohorts—elite, White, and male. Yet, the treatment of the developmental processes for diverse student populations has been at best tepid, and at worst nonexistent.
This webinar and its focus on the newly released book Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to College Student Development Theory will foreground critical new approaches to student development theory for diverse college students. This first session will highlight alternative theories for African American, Asian American, and LatinX college student populations.
Past President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and current President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, Rev. Jamie Washington will set the stage for the webinar and volume editors Fred Bonner, Rosie Banda, Stella Smith, and aretha marbley will provide perspective on the volume’s conception and development. Scholar-theorists Zarrina Azizova will also be joining in the panel discussion.