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Division of Student Affairs Speaker Series

Each semester, the Division of Student Affairs aims to feature speakers with expertise in a variety of fields including education, sociology and psychology, economics, history, and the arts. 




Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Coming to See Privilege Systems: 
The Surprising Journey

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 3:30 p.m. Gasson Hall 100

Join Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.—speaker, educator, author, and Senior Research Associate of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College—for a thoughtful and candid discussion on the systems of privilege we are born into.

Dr. McIntosh is Senior Research Associate of the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. Thirty-five years ago, she founded the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). She is widely known for her papers on privilege—White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. McIntosh consults throughout the world with college and school faculty who are creating more gender-fair and multicultural curricula.

This event is free and open to the Boston College community and the public. A brief reception will follow the discussion. 


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High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are and Why
They Matter to Students

Thursday, April 5, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall 100

Join educator, author, and nationally recognized scholar George Kuh for a presentation on high-impact educational practices and how they contribute to student success. Kuh is the founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the chancellor's professor emeritus at Indiana University, and serves on the National Leadership Council for the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative. He is the founding director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which has surveyed over 6 million students across 1,600 institutions since 2000.

Through his work, Kuh has demonstrated that high-impact educational practices (which include pursuing internships, becoming involved in learning communities, studying abroad, and conducting undergraduate research, among others) enrich student learning and help students thrive in college. He has written extensively about student engagement, assessment, institutional improvement, and college and university cultures, and consulted with more than 350 colleges and universities within the U.S. and abroad.


By Design: The Evolution of Learning Environments in Higher Ed

Monday, October 23, 2017

3:00 p.m.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons


Join educator, author, and nationally recognized researcher Carney Strange as he traces the history and development of college learning environments and their influence on student success. An emeritus professor of higher education and student affairs at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, Strange will present highlights of his research on incorporating inclusion, security, engagement, and community into campus development. In his view, many institutions have reached a “tipping point” where they are prepared to embrace these objectives in their environmental design.

Strange is the co-author/editor of five books, including (with James H. Banning) Designing for Learning: Creating Campus Environments for Student Success. His scholarship includes the design impact of educational environments, student development in post-secondary education, the dimensions of student spirituality, and methods of qualitative research. He served for more than 20 years as a college and university trustee, first at St. Meinrad College in Indiana, and more recently at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois.


The Grace of Silence and the Power of Words

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
1:00 p.m. Keynote
2:30 p.m. Meet and greet book signing
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Award-winning journalist, author, and longtime host and special correspondent for National Public Radio Michele Norris will share the story of how Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir grew out of a journalistic quest to learn how America talked about race. That journey turned into a family history lesson that revealed to Norrisher own racial legacy. It also led to her creation of The Race Card Project, winner of the 2014 George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in electronic communication.




Minding the Gap: What generational data can tell us about mental health, happiness, and resilience among today’s college students

Monday, November 7, 2016 
3:00 p.m. 
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Jean Twenge is author of the ground-breaking books Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell). She has written more than 100 scientific articles. Her research on today’s youth, which has been covered in TimeNewsweek, the New York TimesUSA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post, is based on a dataset of 11 million young people throughout the U.S.


The Division of Student Affairs and the Career Center present


A 21st-Century Liberal Education of Purpose, Meaning, and Well-Being

December 3, 2015
3:00 P.M.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

The Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), Debra Humphreys leads the AAC&U’s national and state-level advocacy efforts on behalf of student success, career readiness, and quality learning. She will discuss research on the importance of a 21st-century liberal education for individuals and for a nation that increasingly depends on wide-ranging knowledge, skills, and experience.




Monday, April 13, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Alex Lickerman is a physician, former assistant professor of medicine and director of primary care, and assistant vice president of Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, in which he draws on Nichiren Buddhism and scientific research to argue that resilience is not an ability possessed by a fortunate few but something all of us can develop.



Economist, author, television commentator, civic leader, and president emerita of Bennett College

Economics and Race: Perspectives on Our Nation’s Future

3:00 P.M.

Julianne Malveaux returns to Boston College to discuss the social and financial underpinnings shaping America in the twenty-first century.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014
3:00 p.m.
The Heights Room, Boston College

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning writer, director, and producer of the documentary films Miss Representation (2011) and The Mask You Live In (2014), will discuss how mass media depictions of women and girls restrict their paths to positions of leadership and power. She will also explore how we as a society can affect and change culture.