Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C17

"From one African American male's perspective,
please know I feel inspired, valued, and supported
when an ally (particularly those who may not look
like me) does not hesitate to stand beside me
during the hard conversations or when faced with
challenging situations, policies, and practices."
~Rick Gibson

sole motivation cannot stand on a foundation built from guilt for the real or
perceived level of power or privilege
they possess. Their actions and behaviors will speak for them. Allies should
not go overboard trying to make a group
or individual they have an alliance with
happy or try to convince them they are
a good person. That can backfire.
Allies should not assume everyone
they are standing by will treat them the
same way. Stay present and actively engaged and be willing to stay the course
for the long haul. If they have not done
so already, I strongly encourage allies to
develop a sense of when to back off and
disengage. If their intentions are true,
an ally should not find themselves inadvertently in a position where they are
making things worse. In addition, allies
should not to take a slight or perceived
moment of rejection personally.
We are living in interesting times.
I offer a friendly challenge to allies:
Strive to not find yourself regarded as
an individual who suffers from the delusion the struggle is over. It has been
my experience that some individuals
in higher education believe we are all
on the same positive, idealistic path to
helping others. This is not my truth.
#acuhoi

The subject matter and topics we rally
around to contest implicit and explicit
injustices do not always have easy solutions. Therefore, we need to approach
them with our eyes wide open. From
one African American male's perspective, please know I feel inspired, valued,
and supported when an ally (particularly those who may not look like me)
does not hesitate to stand beside me
during the hard conversations or when
faced with challenging situations, policies, and practices.
Rick Gibson, Interim Assistant
Vice President for Housing,
Georgia Institute of Technology

STUDENT SUCCESS
AS A DRIVING FORCE

A

s a Latina woman, the importance
of navigating campus politics as a
professional of color has been salient in
every position I have held. When I reflect on my 23-year tenure as a housing
professional at predominantly white institutions, the following themes emerge
as practices that have helped me successfully navigate institutional politics.
First, I had to recognize early in

my career that, as a woman of color,
my performance would not only impact my success, but also opportunities
for other professionals of color after
me. Although we may not choose to
acknowledge it, the systemic perceptions of future professionals of color
are formed from interactions and experiences with current professionals.
This creates a great burden that goes
beyond mastering your job and role as
an advancing professional. I recognize
my seat at the decision-making table
is more significant than any feelings of
tokenism or taxation I may experience.
I need to value and capitalize on the
opportunity to not only influence the
current institutional agenda, but also to
set a path for success for future professionals who would follow.
Second, it is important to identify and advocate for the voices and
identities not represented in the decision-making process. I have always felt
that, as a person of color, my role was to
serve as an ally for all under-represented students and staff members at my
university. However, I also realized I
had to advocate for diversity initiatives
in a manner consistent with institutional priorities. It was evident I would

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Talking Stick - January/February 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Talking Stick - January/February 2019

Talking Stick - January/February 2019
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Academic Initiatives
Special Focus
Underlying Expectations
Private Matters
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Intro
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - BB1
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - BB2
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Talking Stick - January/February 2019
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Cover2
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 1
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 2
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 3
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 4
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 5
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 6
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 7
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Vision
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 9
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Just In
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 11
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 12
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 14
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 15
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 16
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 17
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Calendar
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Transitions
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 21
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Res Life
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 23
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 24
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 25
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Academic Initiatives
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 27
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 28
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 29
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Special Focus
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 31
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 32
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 33
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Underlying Expectations
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 35
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 36
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 37
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 38
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 39
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Private Matters
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 46
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 47
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Conversations
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 49
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 50
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 51
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - First Takes
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Around Student Affairs
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 54
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - New Members
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Snapshot
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Cover3
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Cover4
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - CCover1
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - CCover2
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C1
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C2
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C3
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C5
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - C10
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