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Spring Raines Colloquium: Robert Brown

March 29 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

The Spring Raines Colloquium will be presented by Robert Brown, director of social justice education, Northwestern University. Join the conversation with #RainesCol8.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Interrupting Systems of Oppression in Higher Education.

The current local, national and global context is centralizing identity in many ways. There is an increased focus and awareness on how race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationality and more are having an impact on how people live and operate. Colleges and universities have become volatile environments where student affairs educators and advocates are unduly burdened with the responsibility of educating, frequently placed between the institution and students, feelings of isolation and social justice battle fatigue have become increasingly widespread. Often times, a competitive and “one-up” culture has developed in social justice work where doing more is never enough and people of color are especially expected to give all of themselves for the cause. Finding a way to explore the complex positionality of being a student affairs practitioner and social justice advocate within the confines of an institution of higher education is essential. This presentation will explore how to interrupt harmful dynamics of oppression, create more inclusive and liberatory spaces and center our collective need for self-care and sustainable praxis.

About the speaker

Robert Brown serves as the director of social justice education at Northwestern university. Brown worked in Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brown presents on social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, supporting students of color, assessment and evaluation, college men and masculinities and civic engagement. Brown is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), a past faculty and intern with STJI, lead facilitator with LeaderShape and has held leadership roles in NASPA and ACPA. Brown holds a B.S. in finance and community service studies from DePaul University and a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University.