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Week 4: Becoming An Equity-Minded Advisor
Dr. Melissa Yeung presents a model for equity-minded advising that can be applied to an advisor’s toolkit. This explores topics from an academic perspective to help provide a framework to understand how students of color navigate their education experiences and allows advisors to improve professional practice to provide a more positive experience for students.
When we center student voices and take their stories seriously, we empower ourselves to examine how our own practices may have contributed those experiences. When we recognize that racism and racial microaggression is a norm for many students, it provides context for which students interact with campus resources such as advisors. We also begin to recognize that not all student experiences are equal, and that race and ethnicity have an influence over how students experience campus life.
Now that we have a glimpse of what equity-minded advising looks like, what else can be done? Continue to educate yourself on racial inequities in higher education. Continue to revise your own advising practices as you come across more information and knowledge. If you are in a supervisory or administrative position, consider how you can empower your own advisors to take further steps in becoming more equity-minded, suggest changes to policy manuals to improve the language used for students.
Our discussion in the past weeks are a much abbreviated version of equity-mindedness, I encourage you, as a practitioner, to review the resources on equity-mindedness below and think about how you can include the suggested practices in your professional practice.
Beers, M. (2020). Building an equity-minded campus culture. In T. B. McNair, E. M. Bensimon, & L. Malcom‐Piqueux (Eds.), From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding practitioner knowlege for racial justice in higher education. file:///Users/claudiawittek/Desktop/culture_001.pdf
Bensimon, E. M. (2018). Reclaiming Racial Justice in Equity. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 50(3–4), 95–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2018.1509623
Bensimon, E. M., Dowd, A. C., & Witham, K. (2016). Five Principles for Enacting Equity by Design. Diversity & Democracy, 19(1).
Co-Operation, O. for E., & Development. (n.d.). Ten Steps to Equity in Education.
Education, C. for U. (2015). Equity Minded Indicators. 5202.
Felix, E. R., Bensimon, E. M., Hanson, D., Gray, J., & Klingsmith, L. (2015). Developing Agency for Equity-Minded Change. New Directions for Community Colleges, Winter 201(172). https://doi.org/10.1002/cc
Malcom‐Piqueux, L. (2017). Taking Equity-Minded Action to Close Equity Gaps. Peer Review, 19(2).
McNair, T. B., Bensimon, E. M., & Malcom‐Piqueux, L. (2020). From Equity Talk to Equity Walk. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119428725.ch1
McNair, T. B., Ford, E. N., & Smith, J. G. (2020). Building the Racial Equity Ecosystem for Sustainable Change. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52(2), 63–67. https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2020.1732789
Pendakur, V. (2020). Designing for Racial Equity in Student Affairs: Embedding Equity Frames Into Your Student Success Programs. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52(2), 84–88. https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2020.1732794
Ramaley, J. (2014). Educating for a Changing World: The Importance of an Equity Mindset. Metropolitan Universities, 25(3), 5–15.
Watson, L. (2019). Equity Mindedness in Academic Advising. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107415324.004
Segregation in K-12 education:
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Orfield, M. (2002). American metropolitics: The new suburban reality. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.
Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law: A forgotten history of how our government segregated America. Liveright Publishing.
Ryan, J. E., & Ryan, J. E. (2010). Five miles away, a world apart: One city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America. Oxford University Press.
Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada’s quest to change Harlem and America. Boston, MA: Mariner Books.
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