Case Studies for Student Development Theory
Advancing Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education
This much-needed case study book provides higher education and student affairs graduate students, practitioners, and faculty with the tools to enhance their learning of student development theory and to apply this learning to practice. Each chapter offers a summary of theory – covering traditional and newer student development models – in addition to multiple case studies that help readers focus on practice that fosters social justice and inclusion.
The case studies for each chapter represent a range of institutional types and diverse student populations, offering an opportunity to explore the intersections of various developmental processes and to foster social justice and inclusion in higher education contexts. Guiding questions at the end of each case study offer opportunities for further discussion and critical reflection. An essential text for every student development course, Case Studies for Student Development Theory enhances student learning and development in higher education while also addressing how students’ social identities intersect with college campus environments.
Table of Contents
Part One: Introduction
- Considerations for Student Development Theory
- Using Case Studies to Move Theory to Practice
- Students’ Racial Identity Development by Christa J. Porter
- Ethnicity, Acculturation, and Student Development by Jessica C. Harris
- Students’ Sexual Identity Development by Jason C. Garvey
- Gender and Gender Identity Development for Students by Christa J. Porter and Jason C. Garvey
- Spirituality and Religion and Student Development by Darris R. Means
- Disability Identities and Student Development by Rosemary J. Perez
- Social Class and Student Development by Darris R. Means
- Additional Theoretical Perspectives on Students’ Identities by Jessica C. Harris
- Psychosocial Development for Students by Christa J. Porter
- Epistemological and Intellectual Development for Students by Jason C. Garvey
- Students’ Moral Development by Rosemary J. Perez and Jessica C. Harris
- Students Development of Self Authorship by Rosemary J. Perez
- Conclusion: Moving Beyond Case Analysis to Advance Social Justice and Inclusion
Part Two: Social Identity Development
Case Study One. Challenging Complicity: (Not) Confronting Racism in Racially-Themed Parties by Lauren Irwin and Alex Lange
Case Study Two. Navigating Racial Tensions at a Minority Serving Institution: Creating Affirming and Validating Environments for Students by Raquel Wright-Mair and Cathy Akens
Case Study Three. "I'm a Good Person, I Just Say Out of Politics": A Case Exploring Racial Identity, Social Class, and Moral Development by Alex Kappus, Stephen Deaderick, Smita Ruzicka, and Andrew Wilson
Case Study Four. "But We're Not One of the Bad Ones": White Racial Innocence and Identity Development in a Service-Learning Context by Zak Foste and Antonio Duran
Case Study One. "What's Your Name?" New Student Orientation by Amber Gonzalez
Case Study Two. Being Black and Immigrant: A Foreigner to Some, and An Outsider to Others by Dayne Hutchinson and Dawn Ogali
Case Study Three. Love over Chai: Navigating Intercultural Conversations and Development by Emma Larkins and Faran Saeed
Case Study One. Undocuqueer: Coming out of the closet and shadows by Jesus Cisneros
Case Study Two. "It's the Intersections That Get Sticky": Navigating Ethnic and Sexual Identities by Mike Hoffshire and Louise Michelle Vital
Case Study Three. It's Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Sexual Identity and Ability in Residence Life by Tony Cawthon and Rachel Wagner
Case Study One. Seeking Belongingness: Race, Gender, and Being Trans "Enough" by Mark Chung Kwan Fan, Dolan, and Erin-Kate Escobar
Case Study Two. "I need to pump!": Motherhood Receptiveness and Lactation Accommodation in Higher Education by Cindy Phu
Case Study Three. Transness=/=Sameness: Navigating Gendered Intersections, Saliencies, and Leadership by T.J. Jourian
Case Study One. Creating Space for Support and Expression of Diverse Worldviews: A Case Exploring Religious Identity Development by Shauna Morin, Zak Foste, Matthew Mayhew, and Alyssa Rockenbach
Case Study Two. "They're Ruining My Culture…I think": Examining the Nuances of Multiple Worldview Identities by Amanda Armstrong and Jim Barber
Case Study Three. Can I Be Both? Exploring the Intersections of Religious, Spiritual, and Sexual Identities by Darris R. Means and Rosemary J. Perez
Case Study One. What is Normal? Understanding Disability Identity Development by Stephani Womack, Melissa Dempsey, and Darren Jones
Case Study Two. Unlocking the Doors: Overlapping Identities within Black Deaf Communities by Liann Osborne, Lissa Stapleton, Jaleesa Herrington, and Ashlea Hayes
Case Study Three. Shifting Identities after a Cancer Diagnosis by Erica Lee, Dena Kneiss, and Tony Cawthon
Case Study One. Negotiating Space and Relationships as a First-Generation, Working Class College Student by Sonja Ardoin, Ashley Clayton, becky martinez, and David Nguyen
Case Study Two. "We are Definitely Not Privileged": White and Working Class at a Community College by Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier
Case Study Three. Bowties and Belonging: Navigating Race, Social Class, and Student Staff Recruitment by Matthew Smith, Ariana Mollers, Johanna Ilyssa Padrid-Dykman, and Georgianna Martin
Case Study Four. College Student Development and the Complex Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender by Avery Olson
Case Study One. Complicating the Intersections of Class, Race, and Generation Status by Lamesha Andrews and Patrice French
Case Study Two. Resources, Advocacy and Support for Student Veterans by W. Patrice Brown
Case Study Three. "Welcome Home?": Living Between Cultures for Third-Culture Kids in College by Carrie Kortegast
Part Three: Psychosocial, Cognitive-Structural, and Integrative Development
Case Study One. Culturally-Based Celebrations: Honoring Diverse Experiences of Mixed Race Students by Megan Bell and Patty Witkowsky
Case Study Two. One of Few: Campus Turmoil Leads to Personal Doubt by Teresita Alvarez-Cortez and Carina Buzo
Case Study Three. The Promotion: Examining the Intersections of Psychological Identity Development, Moral Development, and Self Authorship by Daniel Calhoun, Steven Tolman, and Brandin Howard
Case Study Four. Challenging White Nationalism through Friendship: The Power of Peers by Kathleen Manning
Case Study One. Finding Your Voice, Finding Yourself: Examining the Complex Interplay of Intellectual and Racial Identity Development by Alex Boesch, Emily Hagan-Howe, Beverly Colston, and Annie Valentine
Case Study Two. What is Too Loud? Music Meets Intellectual Development in the Residence Hall by Stacy A. Jacob and Sammie Walker
Case Study Three. Sorority Traditions: Preservation or Evolution? by Matt Johnson
Case Study One. "The Lady Doth Protest Too Much": Moral Development at the Intersection of Religion and Sexuality by Drew Ashby-King, Karen Boyd, and Tony Cawthon
Case Study Two. Accusations of Cheating in Arabic Studies: Navigating Family, Culture, and Responsibility by Michael Goodman
Case Study Three. Black or Blue? Exploring Whose Lives Matter While Balancing the Complexities of Identity and Morality by Tynesha McCullers and Aaron Hood
Case Study One. "It's (not) in the Syllabus!" Self-Authorship and Transitions for Military Connected Students by Jessica Belue Buckley, Heather Turner, Meghan Pifer, and Ralph Allan Cook, Jr.
Case Study Two. Triple Outsider: Experiencing Black Motherhood in Graduate School at a PWI by Deniece Dortch and Dianne Delima
Case Study Three. "You're Either Down, or You're Not!": Self-authorship and Student Activism by Lincoln Wesley Harris, Jr.
Part Four: Reflecting on Moving Student Development Theory to Practice
Jason C. Garvey is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont, USA.
Jessica C. Harris is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
Darris R. Means is Assistant Professor of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia, USA.
Rosemary J. Perez is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and the Director of the Education for Social Justice Graduate Certificate at Iowa State University, USA.
Christa J. Porter is Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at Kent State University, USA.