On March 8, ACPA in an email from then President Donna Lee invited conversation around the ACPA mission statement and the bold new strategic imperative for racial justice.

The Racial Justice Strategic Imperative is described as:

…Intersectional, intentional, and directed …  [with] a focus on reducing the oppression of communities of color at the intersections of their identities, knowing that all oppressions are linked and that the work is ongoing.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, co-host Heather Shea will talk with the ACPA Presidential Trio: Past President Donna Lee, President Stephen John Quaye, and Vice President Jamie Washington as well as Dian Squire, the immediate past ACPA Director for Equity & Inclusion about the bold strategic imperative for racial justice and what that means for ACPA, student affairs, and higher education.

Please tune in to this free webcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by visiting watch.higheredlive.com or return to this page at any time to watch the episode archive. No advance registration is required.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Donna Lee

Donna A. Lee is the past president of ACPA – College Student Educators International and serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Macalester College. Donna embraces an approach to learning that blends social justice education, leadership theory, and feminist pedagogy; she advocates for an education that enables individuals to develop their full capacities, empowering them to assume active leadership roles in their communities, realizing their agency and responsibility to create social change and working collaboratively with others to affect this change. Donna is motivated each day by the students she works with, and she focuses her energies on creating spaces and opportunities for them to find, raise, and place their unique voices in our local, national, and global communities. A proud mother, Donna receives daily inspiration from her 19 year old son, Jonathan, who continually reminds her of the importance of reflection, integrity, and authenticity. Jonathan attends St. Olaf College, member of the Class of 2020.


Stephen John Quaye

Stephen John Quaye is a parent of a remarkable, inquisitive, kind six-year-old named Sebastian. Stephen is also a believer in the power of personal storytelling and strongly believes that hearing and sharing our stories with others can foster connections and learning across differences. He values the power of dialogue as a vehicle to promote change in society. Finally, he is a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University, as well as President of ACPA: College Student Educators International.


Dian Squire

Dian Squire is a visiting assistant professor in the student affairs program at Iowa State University. Prior to starting at Iowa State University, Dian was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Denver’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE). Dian’s research focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in higher education. He particularly focuses on access and success in graduate education and the experiences of diverse graduate students. He utilizes critical perspectives to help explain individual behavior and experience in order to transform organizational structures to support equity and justice.


Jamie Washington

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG), out of Baltimore, MD.   In October of 2015, WCG was named by the Economist as one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world, and one of two selected from the US.  Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 32 years.  Dr. Washington also serves as the President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, and  as the Vice President and President Elect of the ACPA (College Student Educators International). He Pastors Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore and share his life with Rev. Sam Offer, 5 children, 6 great nieces and nephews, 7 grandchildren and 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier (Taurus).