Navigating a Social Justice Motivation and Praxis as Student Affairs Professionals

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Vol: 3, Issue: 1

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Karunaratne, Nadeeka D; Koppel, Lauren; yang, chee ia
navigate; social justice motivation; praxis; student affairs; Higher Education; Higher Education Administration
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While diversity and social justice are espoused values of the field of student affairs, student affairs professionals are socialized to varying degrees in regard to the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to be social justice advocates. Through qualitative interviews with nine entry- and mid-level student affairs professionals, we explored the motivations and experiences of student affairs professionals who enact values of social justice in their praxis. Participants shared strategies to navigating the field and their advocacy, the influence of theirs and others’ identities on their work, techniques for implementing intentional social justice praxis, challenges faced in their advocacy, and how they practice self-care.