Abstract

This article deconstructs the guiding practice of the field through a critical discourse analysis of hegemonic whiteness embedded in many of the fields foundational documents and discerns a course of action for higher education leaders and Student Affairs professionals. Based on our analysis of the documents, we identified three themes, (1) color-evasion, (2) relational whiteness, and (3) benefits of whiteness. The findings help trace a path of settler colonialism into the present day from the articulation of a white society based in (a) property rights and competition, (b) to the benefits accrued as a result of buying into whiteness, and finally (c) the most contemporary formation of racism in a settler colonial society, color-evasion. Implications for graduate preparation and a rewriting of the documents are offered.

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