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Student Affairs Virtual Gatherings

April 27, 2021 Spring Gathering 



Budget 101 - Part 3

April 21, 2021: Stewardship of the Division of Student Affairs Budget
Presented by Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Vice President for Student Affairs 


Budget 101 - Part 2

March 25, 2021: Budgeting and Finance in the Division of Student Affairs
Presented by Lori Gordon, Executive Director of Business and Finance for Student Affairs 


Budget 101 - Part 1

February 25, 2021: Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education 
Presented by Jake Julia, Vice Provost for Administration and Chief of Staff



February 9, 2021 Winter Gathering


2021 Winter Gathering Q&A

Once again, thanks to all of you who were able to join us for the Winter Gathering. As you may be aware, there were three questions that were left unanswered during the live event due to time constraints. Fortunately, Desiree agreed to answer those questions post-event. You can review the questions and her responses below:

Q: As the black/white binary morphs and morphs, how do we prevent a new hierarchy that privileges another people group from taking form?

A: We cannot do this work without centering racial healing. When we think about racial healing, we want to think really expansively about that and the design of that work is to embrace all people- even the oppressors. All people suffer from the fallacy of supremacy. We all suffer from this hierarchy of human value and this deeply internalized false belief. For Desiree's full answers click here.

Q: How do we reconcile the foundations of white supremacy in our institutions, calls for their abolition, and people’s livelihoods?

A: One of the ways I reconcile is understanding how socialization occurs. I go deep into the ways that we are socialized and we have to remember that these systems of oppression were already created without us. One way we do this is by controlling the narrative. Narrative change is a powerful tool to use within our institutions. For Desiree's full answers click here.

Q: What are some grace pieces we can keep in mind as we see black and brown folks in leadership positions not "doing"; what we think they should be at their level?

A: Perfection is a tool of white supremacy. So I have no expectation that folks will always do things right—sometime we have to be complicit to survive. I never tell anyone how to find their freedom.
That is not my job. I am very clear that I never want to replicate systems of harm. I am never going to treat people, especially other black or Brown people, the way white supremacy has treated me. For Desiree's full answers click here.


September 30, 2020

Due to technical difficulties the beginning part of the Town Hall was not recorded.



What is a Land Acknowledgment?

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.


May 12, 2020 Virtual Town Hall

Click here for the transcript of the Student Affairs Town Hall. (PDF)
Click here for the Spanish translated version. (PDF)