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68. Emerging Identity Theories in Student Affairs Practice

Date/Time: Available as a Webinar Replay
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Tracy Davis
Price: $98

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As important as theory is, in developmental practice it can cause us to focus on our own mental frames and detach us from human interaction. This is particularly problematic with regard to practice using identity theory, where listening to lived experience and negotiating the complexities of contextually-influenced, mutually-shaped, and intersectional identities is critical. This webinar will explore various identity theories with a focus on how identity is socially constructed and contextually performed.

  • Participants will gain an introductory understanding of several identity theories used in student affairs practice.
  • Participants will also will become familiar with the Multiple Dimensions of Identity model and how identities are socially constructed and contextually performed.
  • Participants will be able to describe several contextual influences that impact identity performance and learn several general strategies for promoting studentsí learning and identity development.
  • Student affairs staff desiring an update on emerging identity theories
  • Student life staff
  • Residence life staff
  • Student services administrators
  • Student affairs staff desiring a refresher course on theory
  • Anyone wanting to deepen professional practice based on identity theory
Tracy Davis is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Illinois University where he also coordinates the College Student Personnel Program. In 2011 he began serving as Director of the newly established Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development. He has published widely regarding menís development, sexual assault prevention and social justice. Tracy co-edited, for example, Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Considerations with Dr. Jason Laker in 2011, co-edited the 2013 Critical Perspectives on Gender in Higher Education: An ASHE Reader, and co-authored the New Directions monograph Developing Social Justice Allies .

His sexual assault prevention research has won numerous awards including both the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators outstanding dissertation award. Tracy was also selected to the inaugural class of ACPA Emerging Scholars in 1999 and has received the ACPA SCM Outstanding Research Award, the Commission on Student Development Assessmentís Outstanding Assessment Article, and NASPA 2012 Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community Newly Published Research award. He was also selected to receive the 2013 ACPA Senior Scholar Award, the ACPA Annuit Coeptis award for Senior Scholars and the SCM Harry Canon Outstanding Professional in 2006. He is a frequent presenter, speaker and consultant on college campuses. Most importantly, he remains wildly unfinished.

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