• Positionality

  • This positionality pages outlines some of the articles that shape my desire to work in education and how I go about participating in this work. These are my own foundational lenses that I take with me when I consider various populations. All of these articles emphasize the importance of caring about the fluidity we all bring to the table, and the performances that construct that fluidity. These articles tackle normative performativity at its core, and that it is the foundation of my practice.

  • Throughout the portfolio, one can find topics most-relevant to my higher education experience, catagorized on the left side bar. Each subsection will then be analyzed in terms of the following subdimensions:

    Foundational Knowledge: Students will clearly articulate their knowledge about, and conceptual ideas related to, higher education. Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge about higher education, as modeled in the core curriculum and their emphasis area(s).

    Application: Students will use their new knowledge in multiple ways, seeking opportunities to develop important skills. Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the values of diversity, equity and inclusion as modeled by Inclusive Excellence and its applications. Students will demonstrate applications of theory to practice.

    Integration: Students will connect one body of knowledge with other ideas, experiences and sources of knowledge. Students will be able to connect and integrate materials from the curriculum, co-curriculum, and experiences, as it relates to their personal and professional interests and/or emphasis area(s).

    Human Dimension: Students will articulate their positionality, and will have discovered how to interact effectively with others. Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and/or individuals in diverse settings. Students will express their personal and professional growth and development through critical reflection of their experiences.

    Caring/Valuing: This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Caring and Valuing: Students will have developed new interests, feelings, and value systems. Students will demonstrate the development of their personal and professional values.

    Learning How to Learn: Students will have the knowledge, skills and strategies for continuing their learning during-and after-a course. Students will demonstrate self-awareness and the strategies needed for continuing personal and professional development.

  • The Persistent Change of Identity

  • Discusses the ever-reconstructive and interpretative form of identity and how in describing, articulating, feeling it...you’re committing to allowing it to be open to a forum of endless interpretation. “Hegemony is never completed.” Reading that made hope well up inside me and made me thankful. It felt like hearing “resistance is persisting, the ‘Other’ is resistance.”

  • Multiple Dimensions of Identity, Meaning-Making & Self-Empowered Worlds

  • The three components of self-empowerment that are important to self-authorship and act as a mediating variable, altering filter. These models, covered in College Student Development Theory provided a concrete expression to some of my own thoughts on identity as well as language to understand the complexities of identity rooted in context.

  • Performance & Art

  • Performance influences our lives in a variety of ways. The adage goes: "A picture is worth a thousand words." It is for this reason I have infused pieces of my own performative experiences in the Denver area into this reflective portfolio. While graduate school dictated a majority of my time, when holidays come around, going home can be expensive, if there is a home to go to. Community can be hard to come by, and it is more-complicated than an in-or-out state of being. When I found time to be with members of my community, to see them be all that they are and knowing that every performance is a political act of resistance, of expression, or activism--intended or  not.

  • The Complexity of Identity

  • Identity is complex. It overlaps, it intersects, it unifies, it divides. Nikki Sullivan in Chapter 8, provides a framing that accurately sums up not only the complexity of rendering my full self onto a two-dimensional webpage, but the messages that are lost in an attempt to cover them all. There is complexity even in absence.

This portfolio last updated: 16-Jun-2019 5:53 PM