Dr. Jerlando F. L Jackson and Dr. LaVar J. Charleston, along with Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education and UW-Madison School of Education graduate Cornelius Gilbert, served as editors for the new book, Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell.
The book highlights how student affairs have changed in response to student diversity on higher education campuses. It also honors the career and life of Dr. Melvin C. Terrell, a key figure and advocate for equity in the student affairs profession.
The book opens with a discussion on the history of student affairs, including a focus on African American contributions to the field and the role of diversity from a historical perspective. The book then transitions to current issues that impact students, such as the benefits of extracurricular activities, leadership involvement, and study-abroad opportunities for racially and ethnically marginalized students.
Other topics covered in the book include a discussion on programs and initiatives on college campuses that address diversity within student affairs, as well as professional and personal development opportunities beyond the university.
Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor of Education at the University of Southern California, and Gregory Roberts, Former Executive Director of the American College Personnel Association, wrote endorsements for the book.
Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs can be ordered online here.