Season 2, Episode 7 - Conversation with Leading Authors on Equity

Transcript | Duration: 26:05

About​ the Episode

Higher Ed Rewired engages listeners in a conversation with a panel of nationally recognized authors who will discuss their recent books and share insight on equity and student success. Listen to Tia Brown McNair “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education“ (2020) and “Becoming A Student Ready College" (2016), Bryan Alexander “Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education (2021) and Lindsay Pérez Huber “Why They Hate Us: How Racist Rhetoric Impacts Education" (2021) talk about everything from the books on their bedside stands to what inspired them as scholars in their field. Whether their work informs student success strategy or guides your professional development agenda, these are the authors you want on your summer reading list.

Featured on this episode:

Tia Brown McNair is the vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and executive director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U's continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices and student success. McNair directs AAC&U's Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success and TRHT Campus Centers, and she serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives. She is the lead author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Stu​dent-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named McNair one of 35 outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education's toughest challenges and made a positive difference in their communities.

Dr. Brown McNair is currently reading:The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee (2021)

Bryan Alexander is an award–winning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and teacher, working in the field of higher education's future. From 2002 to 2014 Alexander worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. There he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies and senior fellow. Over those years Alexander helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 he launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad.

He recently published Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020), which won an Association of Professional Futurists award. He is currently working on Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis (2022). His two other recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition). Alexander is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.
Dr. Alexander is currently reading: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2015)

Lindsay Pérez Huber is an associate professor in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE) master's program in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach.  Pérez Huber's research agenda is concerned with using interdisciplinary perspectives to analyze racial inequities in education, the structural causes of those inequities and how they mediate educational trajectories and outcomes of students of color. In addition, she examines how those students challenge and resist the oppression they encounter within and outside of education. She has conducted studies within each segment of the educational pipeline including K-12 schools, community colleges and four-year universities. Her research specializations include race, immigration and higher education, racial microaggressions, and critical-race gendered methodologies and epistemologies. Her work is known for further developing theoretical and conceptual frameworks in Critical Race Theory (CRT), bridging CRT and Chicana Feminist perspectives in education, and for her contributions in understanding Latinx undocumented student experiences. Ultimately, the goal of her work is to create greater education and life opportunities for Communities of Color. She is the co-author of Why They Hate Us: How Racist Rhetoric Impacts Education (2021) and  Racial Microaggressions: Using Critical Race Theory to Respond to Everyday Racism (2020)  Pérez Huber has served as vice president for the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA), a national organization of critical race scholars, activists and educators committed to racial justice in education across the P-20 spectrum (see www.crsea.org). She is also a National Academies Ford Foundation Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS).

Dr. Pérez Huber is currently reading: We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina L. Love (2019)

​Resources for this episode:

​Georgetown University Higher Education's Big Rethink | Publication 

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk ​(October 6, 2020)   ​