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Five Things Student Affairs Professionals Can Do to Embed Racial Justice Into Their Work

Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice AVP or "Number Two" Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level VP for Student Affairs
November 19, 2021 Tori Amason Yolanda M. Barnes

Racial justice has been a societal and educational problem spanning several decades. Within campuses of higher education, student demands for racial justice have remained constant over time and have included hiring more faculty of color, developing holistic admissions policies to increase student enrollment for students of color, establishing more scholarships, increasing support for marginalized students on campus, and increasing accountability of leadership and the larger campus community as it relates to racial injustice and bias on campus. This brief offers five recommendations for more racially just student affairs practices, centering student affairs divisions—and the departments commonly within them—as a perfect place for racial justice to be modeled for institutions and for the community at large.