Research and Assessment Dialogues Spring 2021

Mark your calendars for five research and assessment presentations on a range of topics, offered during the spring 2021 semester. All are welcome.

February 25  “Confluences of Student Leadership and White Privilege”

  • Presenter: Dr. Jeremy Davis
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom

March 11 “Unpacking White College-Students’ Experiences in Serving as Social-Justice Allies”

  • Presenter: Dr. Jon Cleveland
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom

March 23 “The Impact of Health and Well-being on CSU Student Academic Performance”

  • Presenter: Dr. Monica Keele
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom

April 1 “Strolling & Straddling Academic Boundaries: A Critical Feminista Study on Motherscholars in Higher Education”. 

  • Presenter: Dr. Christine Vega
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom

May 5  “Relationships between working-class, first-generation college students and their parent(s)/guardian(s): A phenomenological study on the impacts of middle-class socialization”

  • Presenter: Lindsay Mason
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom

Registration & Zoom Links

­­­­­­­­­­Please RSVP to david.mckelfresh@colostate.edu, and we will send you a Zoom invite.

­­­­­­­­­­­Detailed Descriptions

Confluences of Student Leadership and White Privilege.

Presenter: Dr. Jeremy Davis

The purpose of this constructivist study was to explore how White student leaders make meaning of their racial identity, and corresponding privilege, through a relevant leadership framework. Racial caucusing was employed as a method to prompt discussion and gather narratives from four White student leaders. Findings from this narrative inquiry research indicate how the confluences of race and leadership can advance self-awareness among White student leaders. 

Unpacking White College-Students’ Experiences in Serving as Social-Justice Allies

Presenter: Dr. Jon Cleveland

This session offers the findings from the presenter’s dissertation, which explored white college-student social-justice allies’ experiences with anti-inclusive family and friends. The study participants’ experiences were complicated, exposed the pervasive nature of white supremacy, and highlighted how allies perpetuate white supremacy. Many white college students find their identities as social-justice allies in college, and more fully understanding their experiences enables us to better empower this group to act against anti-inclusion. 

The Impact of Health and Well-being on CSU Student Academic Performance

Presenter: Dr. Monica Keele

Health and well-being are integral to overall student success. Student behavior, experience, and perception outside the classroom greatly influence their work inside the classroom. Utilizing the National College Health Assessment, this presentation aims to take a detailed dive into the impact of health and well-being related factors on academic performance as experienced by specific Colorado State University student populations compared to their national peers.

Strolling & Straddling Academic Boundaries: A Critical Feminista Study on Motherscholars in Higher Education 

Presenter: Dr. Christine Vega

My research study reveals the racial, gender, and maternal experiences of first-generation Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Motherscholars enrolled in Ph.D. programs in U.S. Southwest Universities. Nationally Latina, Chicana, and Indigenous women are less likely to complete postsecondary degrees. Further, academic mothers with children under five years of age are less likely to receive tenure. Therefore, informed by my data, I offer a Critical Maternalista Matrix, as a theoretical and methodological approach to honor the complex intersections of race, class, gender, and motherhood in higher education.

Relationships between working-class, first-generation college students and their parent(s)/guardian(s): A phenomenological study on the impacts of middle-class socialization

Presenter: Lindsay Mason

Lindsay Mason, a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program at UNC, will share preliminary data results from her dissertation study. Lindsay is studying how the middle-class socialization on CSU’s campus impacts first-generation, working-class students’ relationships with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Lindsay’s research will include timely findings regarding how remote/online learning during COVID-19 has impacted these relationships.