What should we be doing as a higher education community to respond to this tragedy? How do we deal with issues of Homophobia, Transphobia, Islamaphobia and more on our campuses? How can we do our part to be allies and activists around issues of privilege and oppression?  Please join a group of scholars and practitioners as they explore these topics and more.

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Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Mamta Accapadi

Mamta Accapadi, Ph.D. is a partner and a mother first. She is grateful to be in a head and heart space where her daughter challenges and affirms her sense of purpose every day. Mamta serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Rollins College.  Mamta received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and she served as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. She also holds a M.Ed. in higher education administration and B.A. in microbiology, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Mamta is deeply grateful for the opportunities she has been offered to champion social justice education efforts, and commit to mentorship of under-represented communities.  She has served as a consultant, written curriculum, and worked with universities and companies on inclusion of different constituency groups. Follow Mamta on Twitter at @MamtaAccapadi


Dr. Amer F. Ahmed

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D, serves as Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. He has been featured on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show and in Dr. Shakti Butler’s film on racism entitled “Cracking the Codes.” An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development. Amer’s education in Anthropology and Black Studies, professional experience in Higher Education and extensive global experiences support his efforts to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities. He is also engaged in the field of Intercultural Communication with a focus on a developmental approach to Intercultural competency. Such approaches have been useful in his work in Organizational Assessment and Development, Inclusive Human Resource Management, Workshop facilitation, Public Speaking, Leadership Development and Student Support. Follow Amer on Twitter at @dramerfahmed


Dr. Stephanie Bondi

Dr. Bondi’s research focuses on teaching and learning; student affairs preparation; dominance, equity and oppression; and neocolonialism. She is a faculty coordinator of the student affairs program at University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has been a leader within ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @S_Bondi


Dr. Cindi Love

Dr. Cindi Love officially assumed the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC in July, 2014. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of Soulforce, home of the Equality Ride, an international advocacy and activist group in behalf of LGBT human rights. Dr. Love serves as a member of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group Advising the US Secretary of State on religious oppression of LGBT persons outside the United States and she is a member of the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT/SOGI Human Rights. She completed her doctorate in educational administration at Texas Tech University and she is a Bohnett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Follow Cindi on Twitter @DrCindiLove.




Dr. Chicora Martin

Dr. Chicora Martin is currently the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Before coming to Mills, Chicora was at the University of Oregon for fourteen years serving as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education and Support Services while also leading the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence and Bias Response Team.  Chicora’s national leadership positions include co-chair for the National Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals, member of the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for LGBT Concerns and Region V Knowledge Community Chair for LGBT Issues for NASPA.   Chicora’s research interests include the intersections of higher education policy, gender identity and ethnic identity.  Past presentations have focused on gender identity, LGBTQ+ engagement and support, Title IX and policy development, multiethnic/queer identity, bystander intervention, and campus climate. Follow Chicora on Twitter at @Chicora8