Square Pegs and Round Holes: AlternativeApproaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory is a comprehensive text exploring new possibilities for understanding the development of students from diverse backgrounds. The chapter contributors in this text provide a collection of frameworks and approaches that draw on historical contexts, current models, and future directions that deliberately explore the development and lived experiences of student populations that have traditionally been omitted from student development theories. While the chapter authors present alternative models, they emphasize that such alternatives enhance the historical theories that are foundational to the field of student development and are not a replacement. The proposed frameworks in this volume reject the notion that diverse students must fit into traditional frameworks and models that reinforce Eurocentric standards and privilege those experiences. This text is organized into seven parts, which comprise 18 chapters that unearth African American, Asian American, Latinx, LGBTQIA, bi/multiracial, and...
Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory, ed. Fred A. Bonner, Rosa M. Banda, Stella L. Smith, aretha f. marbley
Brian McGowan, PhD, is Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director in the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. McGowan's research focuses on gender, race, and postsecondary educational outcomes; and college teaching and learning. He is best known for his contributions to the college student development literature regarding the social context of identity and Black men’s interpersonal relationships. He is the co-editor of two books: Men and Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices for Supporting College Men’s Development (Stylus, 2019), and Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement, and Success (Palgrave, 2014). McGowan is the author of over 25 scholarly publications that appear in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of College Student Development, Equity & Excellence in Education, Urban Education, Urban Review, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Men’s Studies.
Kayla Baker is Assistant Director of Student Success and Diversity Coordinator in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. Her experience in higher education includes work in diversity and inclusion, campus activities, leadership development, undergraduate research, assessment, and academic advising. Kayla is a doctoral candidate in the educational leadership and cultural foundations program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests include Black student experiences at historically white institutions, same-race peer groups, campus climate, and Black digital spaces.
Brian McGowan, Kayla Baker; Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory, ed. Fred A. Bonner, Rosa M. Banda, Stella L. Smith, aretha f. marbley. Journal of Minority Achievement, Creativity, and Leadership 3 August 2021; 2 (1-2): 146–151. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/minoachicrealead.2.1–2.0146
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