10:00 PM CDT - Who Do You Think You Are? OH YEAH
DaNika Robinson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
According to NACADA Member Demographic Information from August 2018, over 72% of members identify as a female and over 25% identify as an ethnic minority. The data has increased by 2-3% since 2014 and is expected to continue to grow over the next few years. In addition, the student population will continue to diversity. As an academic advisor, are you prepared to provide guidance to a growing diverse student population? Some colleagues, parents, or students may not think that you are equipped to adequately advise them because of your gender or race? They may overtly or covertly ask, "Who do you think you are?".
Despite what other people think or say, serving as an authentic leader is imperative. Relationships, coalitions, and alliances ultimately cannot be effective if you are compelled to enter the room as someone else, wearing the mask of others' expectations. Building community requires others to embrace who you are to prepare for imminent change. This presentation will discuss intersectionality and authentic leadership as a framework to empower you and to remove your mask and transition into the authentic leader your organization needs.