How does one enact racial justice and decolonization in student affairs practice? What tools do student affairs educators need to effectively lead these conversations on their campuses? How will conversations at ACPA 2018 in Houston build on the work of the ACPA and ASHE Presidential Symposium on Racism, Recovery, and Racial Justice held last month?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea talks with ACPA leaders to discuss these topics and more as we prepare for the upcoming 2018 ACPA Convention in Houston next month. Joining Heather are Dr. Dre Domingue, Bill Huff, Lynn Huynh, Mellisa Beard Jacob, Dr. Ray Plaza, and Dr. Richard Stevens.


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_


Dre Domingue, Ed.D.

Dre Domingue, Ed.D., is a 14-year veteran in the field of Student Affairs and Social Justice Education. Dr. Domingue currently holds the position of Assistant Dean of Students and Director for the office of Multicultural and International Student Services at Hampshire College. Prior to this role, she taught and worked as consultant on on leadership, social justice education, intergroup dialogue and anti-racism initiatives in both academia and in the non-profit world.  Domingue is a recognized leader in higher education professional associations. She is the past Co-Chair for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, past-Chair for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators and currently serves as on ACPA’s Leadership Assembly as Coordinator-elect for Commissions. Lastly, Dr. Domingue’s book Black Women and Social Justice Education​: Legacies and Lessons is set to be released summer 2018 through SUNY Press.


Bill Huff

Bill Huff is one of the Associate Directors in the Office of Residential Living currently working with Summer Programs. Bill devotes most of his professional energy toward engaging others in dialogue and reflection with a focus in social justice education and advocacy and dismantling white supremacy. Bill currently serves on the ACPA18 Convention Steering team and is the ACPA19 Convention Chair.


Lynn Huynh

Lynn Huynh currently is a Resident Director at Miami University.  Lynn serves on the ACPA18 Convention Team on the Equity and Inclusion Board working with Dian Squire on caucusing.  Lynn also serves as a Co-coordinator of Professional Development for APAN.


Melissa Beard Jacob

Melissa Beard Jacob (Awunkoquay – Woman in the Fog) is eagle clan and an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She currently serves as an Intercultural Specialist to Native American and Indigenous students through the Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University and is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University. She is finishing her dissertation entitled, “Reclaiming My Family’s Story: Cultural Trauma and Indigenous Ways of Knowing.” Additionally, Melissa is the Indigenous Adviser for the ACPA18 Convention Steering Team.


Dr. Ray Plaza

Dr. Ray Plaza serves as the Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Santa Clara University. Ray started his tenure at SCU in late July 2015 and as ODI Director is responsible for day-to-day activities relating to diversity and inclusion efforts on the campus. Prior to Santa Clara University, Ray worked at Bowling Green State University and at Virginia Tech, and brings twenty years of experience working in higher education. Ray is active professionally within ACPA – College Student Affairs International, and serves as the Past Chair of the Latin@/x Network, and as the Convention Chair for ACPA18.


Richard A. Stevens, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Stevens currently serves as Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education and Program Coordinator of the College Student Development and Administration (CSDA) program at Shepherd University in West Virginia. He serves as Director of Professional Development and Co-Chair of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization Curriculum Committee. He is active on his campus and the region redressing and dismantling forms of oppression through his speaking engagements and his work on campus with the Civility Response Team, classroom teaching, and faculty/student trainings. He received the Storer College Faculty Award in 2016 for his integration of social justice issues into the curriculum.