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Class Reflection

As I reflect on my class experience this semester, it has been nothing but positive. I remember Dr. Grimes asking everyone to share why they took this course on the first day of the class. I also remember my answer as I shared that not only this class was highly recommended by past students (masters …

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Lower retention rate amongst young professionals in Higher Education

While higher education encompasses both academic and student affairs areas, for this blog post I want to focus on a contemporary issue specific to student affairs area in higher education. One of the biggest problems in student affairs functional areas is the retention of new professionals. Student affairs is known to have one of the …

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Intersectionality

Intersectionality: Intersectionality is a term that came into light in the 1980s. While it is an important term, it is not widely known. It is, therefore, our obligation to educate ourselves as well as others on this term as we work to expand our knowledge on diversity, inclusion, and equity. So, what is Intersectionality? According …

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Contemporary Issue in Higher Education

As I shared in my introductory blog, I am a second-year master’s student in the Higher Education program. I am pursuing the functional area that was essentially not created for me and many of us in the class. The higher education system in the United States has excluded minority groups in some ways since its …

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Stereotype Threat

Stereotype and stereotype threats: Stereotypes are “a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group” (Dictionary,n.d.). Although stereotypes are not as visible in society today, they are still very prominent. People are stereotyped every day intentionally or unintentionally by others. Stereotype threats are defined …

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Introductory Blog

Hi everyone. My name is Parth Thakkar. My pronouns are he/him/his. I am a second-year master’s candidate in the higher education program. I serve as a graduate assistant in the Department of New Student and Family Programs at Virginia Tech. I was born and raised in India. After moving to the United States, I received …

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