Student Affairs

Recruiting and Retaining Student Affairs Professionals of Color

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Monica Burke and Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $50.00

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“Even though diversity is currently conveyed as a ubiquitous principle within institutions of higher education, professionals of color still face issues such as discrimination, the glass ceiling, lack of mentoring, and limited access to career networks. Unfortunately, an open channel does not exist for professionals of color to express their frustrations and genuine concerns.”                                                   - Monica Galloway Burke & U. Monique Robinson

Diversity, equity and inclusion matters in higher education. However, many student affairs professionals of color do not reach their full potential at many colleges and universities. This is a huge problem that will only get worse in the coming decades if not addressed purposefully and conscientiously. Attracting and retaining student affairs professionals of color can be challenging.

This webinar will provide strategies that can be used to successfully recruit and retain student affairs professionals of color. The reality is these individuals continue to face immense challenges in the academic world – challenges that many of their colleagues and supervisors do not really understand and, as such, are ill-prepared to address. This will be an applications-oriented interactive session focused on tangible strategies that can be employed immediately.

Brief Outline:

  • The Current Situation
  • The Importance of Leadership
  • Institutional Culture
  • Needs Analysis/The Action Plan
  • What Works, What Doesn’t
  • Cases Studies from the Real World

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in the webinar will:

  • Explore the current situation with respect to student affairs professionals of color on the contemporary college campus.
  • Examine the role of leadership in meeting the needs of student affairs professionals of color.
  • Consider the role of institutional culture in the recruitment and retention of student affairs professionals of color.
  • Learn how to conduct a needs analysis regarding student affairs professionals of color designed to reveal the strengths and weaknesses at their particular college or university.
  • Understand how to translate the findings of the needs analysis to a concrete action plan.
  • Recognize evidence-based best practices in the recruitment and retention of student affairs professionals of color
  • Critique real-life examples and case studies of effective and ineffective ways of recruiting and retaining student affairs professionals of color.

Who Should Attend:

  • Student Affairs Professionals at all levels


Dr. Monica Galloway BurkeDr. Monica Galloway Burke is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Prior to her 24 years of experience as a faculty member and practitioner in Student Affairs and Higher Education, she worked in the field of mental health. Dr. Burke has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals and contributed chapters to various books. She also served as the lead author for Helping Skills for Working with College Students: Applying Counseling Theory to Student Affairs Practice (Routledge, 2017) and Helping Students in Distress: A Faculty Guide (Routledge, 2020). She is also a co-author for Mindful Strategies for Helping College Students Manage Stress: A Guide for Higher Education Professionals (Routledge, 2021). Dr. Burke also served as a co-editor for No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs, a three-set volume (Information Age Publishing, 2019) and for Contemporary Issues within Caribbean Economies (2022). Additionally, she has conducted numerous workshops and presentations at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. Dr. Burke currently serves as the co-editor of the Journal of the Professoriate and has served on editorial boards of professional journals as an associate editor and reviewer. She has also supervised numerous research theses, dissertations, and research projects, some of which led to co-authored published manuscripts with students. Dr. Burke is a Global Labor Organization (GLO) Fellow and currently a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Innovation Learning as well as a Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Affairs for the Office of the Provost at Western Kentucky University. She is also a member of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s Faculty Advisory Network.

Dr. Aaron W. HugheyDr. Aaron W. Hughey is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 70 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues (including compliance), technology, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on faculty, staff and student success.

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