Student Affairs

Background Resources

Dr. Estela Bensimon, 2016

Professor Bensimon is co-author with Professor Alicia Dowd of Engaging the "Race Question": Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education (Teachers College Press, 2015). In a book review published in the Journal of Higher Education, Professor Ana Martinez Aleman observed that "The fundamental message in Engaging the "Race Question" is that research can be enlisted to undo educational racism. Through active, critical design and implementation, higher education research can untangle the messy and knotted racism situated in our practices, which are continuously calcified by inattention or uncritical benevolence." Professor Bensimon is also one of the editors of Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which has been selected by Division J of the American Association for Research in Education (AERA) as the 2016 Outstanding Publication.

  1. The Underestimated Significance of Practitioner Knowledge in the Scholarship on Student Success
  2. Contextual Problem Defining Learning to Think and Act from the Standpoint of Equity
  3. Closing the Achievement Gap in Higher Education
  4. Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence
  5. Confronting Equity Issues On Campus

Dr. Shaun Harper, 2015

Quaye, S., & Harper, S. (2014). Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations. New York: Routledge.

This book is available electronically through the Oviatt Library: >> Search for: Harper Student Engagement.
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Just published on March 1, 2015!!

Harper, S., & Wood, J. Luke (Eds.). (2015). Advancing Black male student success from preschool through Ph.D., Sterling, WV: Stylus.

The following are available electronically from the CSUN library or you may contact Merril Simon ( direct for e-copies of any of the these articles.

Harper, S. (2010). Race-conscious student and the equitable distribution of enriching educational experiences. Liberal Education, 95(4), 38-45.

Harper, S. (2015.) Success in these schools? Visual counternarratives of young men of color and urban high schools they attend. Urban Education, 50(2), 139-169.

Harper, S., & Hurtado, S. (2007). Nine themes in campus racial climates and implications for institutional transformation. New Directions for Student Services, 120. DOI: 10.1002/ss.254.

Harper, S. (2010). An anti-deficit achievement framework for research on students of color in STEM. New Directions for Institutional Research, 148, 63-74.

Harper (2012, Fall). Race without racism–How higher education researchers minimize racist institutional norms. Research in Higher Education, 36(1) Supplment, 9-29. DOI: 10.1353/rhe.2012.0047

Dr. Laura I. Rendón, 2014

Read through some of the various work by Dr. Laura Rendón involving Validation Theory and her work in Social Justice in Higher Education:

Dr. Laura Rendón's presentation (PDF, 2 slides per page)

The Process of Reflexión in Bridging Testimonios Across Lived Experience (2012)

Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation (2008)

Academics of the Heart: Reconnecting the Scientific Mind with the Spirit's Artistry (2000)

Validating Student Experience and Promoting Progress, Performance, and Persistence through Assessment (1995)

A Systemic View of Minority Students in Educational Institutions (1994)

Validating Culturally Diverse Students: Towards a New Model of Learning and Student Development (1994)

Transforming At-Risk Students into Powerful Learners (1993)