The purpose of this essay is to invite student affairs educators to reflect on the past to help shape the future of the profession. The metaphor of a public art exhibit with five reflective questions is used to inspire educators to think critically about student engagement. As the demographics of students pursuing higher education changes, we urge a recommitment to historically underserved student populations. This call to service invokes a social justice philosophy when we serve historically marginalized student groups, including immigrants, students of color, and first-generation learners. Doing so will engage students and reenergize our commitment to the profession.
Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2011). Reflecting On the Past; Shaping the Future of Student Affairs. New York Journal of Student Affairs, 11(2). Retrieved from https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/nyjsa/vol11/iss2/2