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Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs

Building Relationships and Transforming Systems, 1st Edition

By Robert Brown, Shruti Desai, Craig Elliott


224 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This guide offers current and future student affairs practitioners a new conceptual framework for identity-conscious and intersectional supervision. Presenting an original and transformative model to address day-to-day challenges, this book gives practitioners a strategic approach to engage in self-work, identity exploration, relationship building, consciousness raising, trust development, and organizational change, ultimately helping them become more adept at supervising people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Chapters include theoretical underpinnings, practical tips, case studies, and discussion questions to explore strategies in real-life contexts. Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs is a key tool for student affairs practitioners to effectively change systems of dominance and inequity on their campuses.


"I see this book as a welcome contribution to the literature on supervision, diversity, equity and inclusion. I respect the work that it is building upon and trust that it will spark further and deeper engagement as we continue to prepare the next generation of leaders in higher education."

from the Foreword by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group

Table of Contents




List of Tables and Figures

Chapter 1: Introduction

Part I: Action at the Individual Level

Chapter 2: Relationships with Self and Others

Chapter 3: Creating a Strong Sense of Self

Chapter 4: Managing Power

Chapter 5: Acting with Courage

Part II: Action at the Supervision Level

Chapter 6: Fostering Identity Exploration

Chapter 7: Balancing Expectations and Identity

Chapter 8: Engaging With Conflict

Part III: Action at the Organizational Level

Chapter 9: Sustaining Identity Consciousness

Chapter 10: Influencing Institutional Change

Chapter 11: Conclusion


Contributor Bios

About the Authors

Robert Brown is Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern University, USA.

Shruti Desai is Associate Director/Chief of Staff at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Craig Elliott is Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University, USA.

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