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Shrinking Inequalities: Empowering Students to Make a Change


Presenter: Carolyn J. Harris

Institution: Florida State University

Professional Title: Student Program Coordinator – Student Government Association

Carolyn Harris is a Student Program Coordinator in Student Government Association at Florida State University. She advises five diverse organizations that provide engagement opportunities to students ranging from first year engagement to celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures. Carolyn completed the Higher Education Student Affairs Master’s program at Florida State University in May of 2013 and is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Dorcey-Spncer-1-150x150.jpgPresenter: Dorsey Spencer Jr.

Institution: Florida State University

Professional Title: Associate Director of Student Activities

Dorsey Spencer Jr. is currently the Associate Director of Student Activities at Florida State University. He oversees the recognition and support of over 600 student organizations and their advisors. He has a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dorsey has served in positions at the American University of Nigeria and Bucknell University. He has presented on various topics at both regional and national conference



In an inequitable world, students need validation and empowerment to enact change. As student affairs professionals we must recognize, understand, and support students through their multicultural development. During this session we will discuss ways professionals can help students recognize the inequities that exist throughout society and how we can empower students to stand up to injustices and enact change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • recognize inequities and injustices within higher education and society
  • interpret the student development process necessary to enact change against inequities
  • practice empowering students to enact change.