BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Straddling Class in the Academy

26 Stories of Students, Administrators, and Faculty From Poor and Working-Class Backgrounds and Their Compelling Lessons for Higher Education Policy and Practice

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May 2019
9781620367407
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    22nd May
  • ISBN 9781620367407
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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May 2019
9781620367391
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  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
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May 2019
9781620367414
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    31st May
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May 2019
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Why do we feel uncomfortable talking about class? Why is it taboo? Why do people often address class through coded terminology like trashy, classy, and snobby? How does discriminatory language, or how do conscious or unconscious derogatory attitudes, or the anticipation of such behaviors, impact those from poor and working class backgrounds when they straddle class?

Through 26 narratives of individuals from poor and working class backgrounds – ranging from students, to multiple levels of administrators and faculty, both tenured and non-tenured – this book provides a vivid understanding of how people can experience and straddle class in the middle, upper, or even elitist class contexts of the academy.

Through the powerful stories of individuals who hold many different identities--and naming a range of ways they identify in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and religion, among others--this book shows how social class identity and classism impact people's experience in higher education and why we should focus more attention on this dimension of identity.

The book opens by setting the foundation by examining definitions of class, discussing its impact on identity, and summarizing the literature on class and what it can tell us about the complexities of class identity, its fluidity, sometimes performative nature, and the sense of dissonance it can provoke.

This book brings social class identity to the forefront of our consciousness, conversations, and behaviors and compels those in the academy to recognize classism and reimagine higher education to welcome and support those from poor and working class backgrounds. Its concluding chapter proposes means for both increasing social class consciousness and social class inclusivity in the academy. It is a compelling read for everyone in the academy, not least for those from poor or working class backgrounds who will find validation and recognition and draw strength from its vivid stories.

"Straddling Class in the Academy is a must read for students and educators. Ardoin, martinez, and their contributors masterfully challenge the myth that class is invisible by sharing their lived experiences navigating class and classism in and outside of the academy. The intersectional nature of contributors’ narratives and Ardoin and martinez’s analysis highlights the powerful effects of classism and calls for action if we are to create more inclusive and socially just institutions."

Rosemary J. Perez, Assistant Professor, School of Education - Iowa State University

Straddling Class in the Academy is an important book, filled with honest and powerful narratives from students, staff and faculty. It expands our understanding of poor and working class backgrounds and informs our next steps in addressing the dynamics of social class in our college classrooms and workspaces. Read this book and discover truths that confirm our own reality about social class on campus, challenge us to think differently, and compel us to take action.”

Paulette M. Dalpes, Vice President of Student Affairs - Community College of Aurora

“Grasping social class identity—not only what it is, but how it also affects one’s life—is essential for higher education professionals. Ardoin and martinez assembled stories of social class identity to illuminate its complexity. This book begins the conversation on pervasive classism within the academy. This needed contribution draws on the power of stories to highlight how social class permeates higher education contexts, professional roles, and lived realities.”

David J. Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs - Ohio University

“Ardoin and martinez have compiled a vital resource for all in academia. Together with their co-authors, they provide invaluable first-hand accounts that help readers take ownership of their own class identity while also providing possibility models and pathways for persistence. Perhaps the largest contribution this book makes to higher education is that it provides narratives and tools to build campuses that serve equitably across class. This book is a must-read for all in higher education.”

Peter Paquette, Dean of Students - Coastal Carolina University

Foreword—Jamie Washington
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1) Social Class in the Academy
2) The Undergraduate Student Perspective—Narratives by Daniel Espiritu, Kevyanna Rawls, and Téa N. Wimer
3) The Graduate Student Perspective—Narratives by Constanza A. Cabello, Dylan R. Dunn, and Carmen Rivera
4) The Early Career Administrator Perspective—Narratives by Armina Khwaja Macmillan, Timothy M. Johnson, and Brenda Lee Anderson Wadley
5) The Mid Career Administrator Perspective—Narratives by Sara C. Furr, Jacinda M. Félix Haro, and Sally G. Parish
6) The Senior Administrator Perspective—Narratives by Mamta Motwani Accapadi, Thomas C. Segar, and Jeremiah Shinn
7) The Nontenured Faculty Perspective—Narratives by Loren Cannon, Raul Fernandez, and Tori Svoboda
8) The Tenured Faculty Perspective—Narratives by Nancy J. Evans, Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., and Larry D. Roper
9) The External Educator Perspective—Narratives by Briza K. Juarez, Edward Pickett III, and Roxanne Villaluz
10) Shared Social Class Experiences and the Intersectionality of Identity
11) Conclusion: Increasing Social Class Consciousness and Inclusivity in Higher Education

References
Authors and Contributors
Index

Sonja Ardoin

Sonja Ardoin is a learner, educator, facilitator, and author. She originates from "Cajun country" - the small, rural community of Vidrine, LA specifically - and is proud of her first generation college student to Ph.D. educational journey, with degrees from LSU, Florida State, and NC State. A self-described scholar-practitioner, Sonja made the move from full-time administrator to full-time faculty member in 2015 and currently serves as assistant professor of student affairs administration at Appalachian State University. Her career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. Sonja studies social class identity in higher education; college access and success for first generation college students and students from rural areas; student and women’s leadership; and professional preparation and career pathways in higher education and student affairs. She stays engaged in the higher education field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Gamma, and Peer Forward and reviewing for several journals. Sonja is also a contributor to the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success advocacy group, the NASPA Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community, and the AFLV Board of Directors. Learn more about Sonja at https://www.sonjaardoin.com/.

becky martinez

dr. becky martinez is a class-straddling Mixed Race Woman of Color who loves engaging in social class and class(ism). She humbly comes from a family of farmers that now finds herself a first-generation white-collar professional and is still working through what that means. In her professional capacity, becky is an organization development consultant and trainer with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change with Infinity Martinez Consulting and a faculty member with the Social Justice Training Institute. Her work centers on dismantling systems of oppression through critical reflection and dialogue intertwined with theoretical models and key concepts. She is passionate about systems thinking while working with campuses, government agencies and community-based organizations to be more equitable with their policies, practices and procedures through an inclusion lens. Prior to consultancy, she was an administrator within the California State University and the University of California systems as well as private liberal arts colleges. She is a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, has been a certified trainer for the Anti-Defamation League and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and a certified counselor-advocate through Peace over Violence in Los Angeles. Connect further with becky and her work at www.infinitymartinez.com.