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White leaders who supervise professionals of color need to understand
how leadership styles are reflective of
lived experiences, upbringing, and culture and how they may not look or feel
the same to white peers. White supervisors must ask questions, learn, and
work harder to support and celebrate
those differences as new, special, and
exceptional rather than wrong, problematic, or unprofessional. Supporting these professionals of color allows
them to develop their own distinctive
style of leadership.

Promote Professionals
of Color When
Opportunities Arise
If housing and residence life is to be
promoted as a true gateway for professionals of color to develop their skills,
supervisors must mentor professionals of color, support their leadership
style, and - when the time is right
- trust them to transition into higher
leadership positions inside or outside
of housing. More importantly, and in
most cases, supervisors will find an
eager professional excited about that
promotion and next professional challenge. Departments and programs will,
in turn, benefit from the new and varied
perspectives they bring and advance to
the next level.

Lessons Learned
It has been almost four years since I officially left campus housing. Today I am
the assistant provost for inclusion and
student success services at Valparaiso
University. This fancy title essentially makes me the chief diversity officer
for my campus. In my role, I oversee
#acuhoi

and monitor campus climate, co-chair
the bias incident response team, and
manage the university's Presidential
Commission on Diversity. I also supervise the academic success center, the
access and accommodations resource
center, and veteran's affairs office along
with being the executive director of retention. All these opportunities allow
me to interface with students, faculty,
and staff daily. Specifically, I support
students in crisis and help them find
solutions to difficult problems. I still
facilitate workshops, coordinate and
sponsor large-scale programs, and sit
on both the president's and provost
councils to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and the needs of students
are at the forefront of what we do.
As I recount all I am called to do
today, I unequivocally know I never
would have been able to manage the
many facets of my position or make the
professional leap from housing officer to
diversity officer without the strong professional foundation campus housing
provided me. Campus housing taught
me all of my essential leadership, training, facilitation, and managerial skills as
well as how to navigate students, their
parents, faculty, and staff. While my
professional journey has been long and
winding, I would honestly not change
one thing about starting it in housing,
and I know many of my colleagues and
friends of color agree. Housing can provide the foundation any young professional of color needs to begin a career
in higher education and student affairs.
Campus housing helped me to embrace
the best parts of who I am and allowed
me to lead, in color. For that, I will be
forever grateful.

Stacey Miller currently serves
as the assistant provost for
inclusion and student success
services at Valparaiso University. She spent the first
21 years of her professional career in residential life
and housing and is the former director of residential
life in the division of student
affairs at the University of
Vermont, a position she held
from 2003 to 2015. She is also
the co-founder and managing
partner of the Consortium for
Inclusion and Equity (CIE),
LLC, a small consulting firm
that specializes in integrated
diversity management. She
received her doctorate of education in leadership and policy studies from the College of
Education and Social Services
at the University of Vermont.

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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
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Talking Stick - January/February 2019
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Vision
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - 9
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Just In
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Calendar
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Academic Initiatives
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Underlying Expectations
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - First Takes
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Around Student Affairs
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - New Members
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Snapshot
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