Airing Live on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 12 noon ET

On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of marriage equality in the historic case of Obergefell v. Hodges. What does this decision mean for higher education broadly and for student affairs specifically? How will marriage equality in all 50 states change the status of partnered same-gender staff, faculty, and students on campus? What are the implications of marriage equality at both the individual and institutional levels in higher education in the United States? This episode will tackle these questions and more.

Join Student Affairs Live co-host, Heather Shea Gasser, as she discusses the SCOTUS ruling with a panel of thought leaders, scholars, and activists. Joining Heather are Paulette Dalpes, Keith Humphrey, Cindi Love, Kathy Obear, and Jamie Washington.

Your comments and questions to the panel in advance of the show are welcome. Please tweet at @heathergasser or email and Heather will work to incorporate questions into the show. Viewers watching live can also participate in the conversation on Twitter by tweeting with the hashtag #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser’s career in student affairs spans 16+ years 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 is a true Student Affairs Generalist. Heather is currently serving as the assistant director of RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment), a living-learning community at Michigan State University while also a full-time doctoral student in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2000. She currently serves as the Director of Membership Development for ACPA-College Student Educators International and blogs for Feminists in Student Affairs. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heathergasser


Paulette Dalpes

Paulette Dalpes is the Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY), which serves over 270,000 degree seeking students at 24 institutions in New York City – including 7 community colleges. Dr. Dalpes has more than 28 years of experience as a Student Affairs professional, including over 15 years working at community colleges, during which she has served in the role of the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Dr. Dalpes currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the director of the Community College Division. Dr. Dalpes is the co-editor of The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges. Follow her on Twitter ‪@PauletteDalpes


Keith Humphrey

Keith Humphrey is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA and a Past President of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  Keith has been active in LGBT civil rights as a past Chair of ACPA’s Standing Committee for LGBTA and a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the State of Arizona for revoking health care benefits from domestic partners of state employees. Follow him on Twitter ‪@keithbhumphrey


Cindi Love

Cindi Love is the Executive Director of ACPA–College Student Educators International in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of Soulforce, home of the Equality Ride, an international advocacy and activist group in behalf of LGBT human rights. Dr. Love serves as a member of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group Advising the US Secretary of State on religious oppression of LGBT persons outside the United States and she is a member of the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT/SOGI Human Rights. She completed her doctorate in educational administration at Texas Tech University. Follow her on Twitter @DrCindiLove.


Jamie Washington

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 30 years Dr. Washington is the President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He also served as Visiting Professor of Salem State University.

Dr. Washington serves as the Chair of the board for Many Voices, A Black Church Movement for LGBT person: and on the faculty and Camp Pride and a board member Campus Pride, and Beyond Diversity. He serves as a trustee for the American College Personnel Association. He is on the faculty of Lancaster Theological Seminary and on the board for Vanderbilt School of Divinity Creating Welcoming Churches project. He also serves as the Co Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore.

Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington. He holds a Ph.D. is in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington also holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity.

Follow him on Twitter @revdrJamie


Kathy Obear

Dr. Kathy Obear, President, Alliance for Change Consulting and Coaching, has worked with staff, students, and leaders at hundreds of colleges and universities to create more equitable and inclusive organizations, including addressing homophobia and dismantling heterosexism. Kathy has been legally married in both MA and NY and is celebrating her 29-year anniversary with her wife in August! Dr. Obear is a Founding Faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute ( and has taught graduate level courses on Effective Facilitation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is regarded as an expert at training leaders and facilitators to navigate difficult dialogues and triggering events. Follow her on Twitter ‪@KathyObear