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Advising to Transgress Reflecting on the language of bell hooks C171 - #advtransgress Sara Ackerson, M.Ed Washington State University @sara_ackerson In Consultation with Danielle Johnson, Ph.D. - University at Buffalo John Sauter, Ph.D. Niagara University & WNY Advising @JohnPSauter

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Advising to TransgressReflecting on the language of bell hooks

C171 - #advtransgress

Sara Ackerson, M.EdWashington State

University@sara_ackerson

In Consultation with Danielle Johnson, Ph.D. - University at Buffalo

John Sauter, Ph.D. Niagara University

& WNY Advising@JohnPSauter

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bell hooks

Gloria Jean Watkins

- Author- Teacher- Feminist- Scholar- Activist

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Teaching to Transgress:Education as thePractice of Freedom

● Narrative Enriches Context● Personal Experiences● Race, Class, Gender● Perspective & Bias

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When did we first read bell hooks

● John○ 1999, 2005, 2015+

● Sara○ 1999, 2001, 2003+

● Danielle○ 2005

Who else has read bell hooks?

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Parallels to AdvisingNACADA Approaches to Advising

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“Unpacking” bell hooks

How do we interpret her writings?

- Critically?- Through our own lenses/experience?- Regarding our profession/students?- Over time?

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How has bell hooks influenced us?

● Understanding of Education/Society● Scholarship & Academic Interests● Practice & Interactions with Students● Personal/Professional Development● Challenge to Stay Engaged

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Danielle

Transcript: http://bit.ly/DanielleReflection

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Sara

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Power & Sharing“Professors who expect students to share confessional narratives but who are themselves unwilling to share are exercising power in a manner that could be coercive. In my classrooms, I do not expect students to take any risks that I would not take, to share in any way that I would not share.

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Interpretation...● Breaking down power dynamics.● Opening up for deeper conversations. ● Building trust and authentic relationships.

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Don’t Fear Mistakes

“In all cultural revolutions there are periods of chaos and confusion, times where grave mistakes are made. If we fear mistakes, doing things wrongly, constantly evaluating ourselves, we will never make the academy a culturally diverse place where scholars and the curricula address every dimension of that difference.” p 33

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Interpretation...

Practicing what we preach.● We tell students it is okay to fail -- we need to be

okay with this as well.

Willingness to Leave Our Comfort Zone

Letting go of Authority ● Leads to Trust & Respect.

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John

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Theory as Liberatory Healing

“I found a place of sanctuary in ‘theorizing,’ in making sense out of what was happening. I found a place where I could imagine possible futures, a place where life could be lived differently.” P 61

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Interpretation...Imagine Possible Futures

● Advising Theorists are the Rockstars - @RDScheckel

● Ally Development & Multicultural Competence

Theory & Student Healing● How do they make sense of the world● Identity Development & Intersectionality

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Transgressing Boundaries“To enter classroom settings in colleges and universities with the will to share the desire to encourage excitement, was to transgress. Not only did it require movement beyond accepted boundaries, but excitement could not be generated without full recognition of the fact that there could never be an absolute set agenda governing teaching practices. Agendas had to be flexible, had to allow for spontaneous shifts in direction. Students had to be seen in their particularity as individuals…” (hooks, 1994,

p. 7).

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Interpretation...

No Absolute Set Agenda for Advisement● Learning, Reflecting, & Evolving● Changes in Politics / Roles / Technology

Spontaneous Shifts● Shifts in the Classroom● Shifts in Advisement

Seeing Students as Individuals● How Do We Foster Excitement in Advisees?

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Limits of Training & Knowledge“Many folks found that as they tried to respect

‘cultural diversity’ they had to confront the

limitations of their training and knowledge, as well

as a possible loss of ‘authority.’ Indeed, exposing

certain truths and biases in the classroom often

created chaos and confusion. The idea that the

classroom should always be a ‘safe,’ harmonious

place was challenged. ” p 32

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Interpretation...

Limits of Training & Diversity

● We must Address but not Burden Others

Willingness to Leave Our Comfort Zone

● It may not be a ‘safe space’ for others

● Twitter

Letting go of Authority

● Avoids Micromanagement

● Leads to Trust & Respect

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4 Group QuotesDiscussion

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What do these quotes mean to you:

Personally?Professionally?

For Advising Students?

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Advising to Transgress

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Praxis & Critical Reflection

Combination of “action and reflection upon the world in order to change it.” p14

● Critically reflecting on advisement?● Empowering our students to change the world?● Fostering self-actualization & well-being in

ourselves and others?

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Breaking Down Barriers

● What are the Barriers that We Put Up?

○ Are we proactive or motivated by crisis?

● Dialog & Obstacles○ Fear of engaging complicated / messy issues?

○ Willingness to remain in dialog

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Redefining Connections to Students

Sharing of Narratives● How do we foster student voices?

Building Authentic Relationships● Deconstructing Power

● Engaging in Respectful Critical Dialog

Ongoing Reflection & Redefinition● How do we theorize/make sense of advising

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How can you apply bell hooks ideas to your advising

practice / life?

Tweet out your ideas!#advtransgress

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Questions & GiveawayQuotes are available to be downloaded.

Sara Ackerson, M.EdWashington State University

[email protected]@sara_ackerson

In Consultation with Danielle Johnson, Ph.D. - University at Buffalo - [email protected]

John Sauter, Ph.D. Niagara University

& WNY [email protected]

@JohnPSauter