The Politics of Desire in Higher Education


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Dr. D-L Stewart, professor and chair of the Higher Education Department, University of Denver
Event Date: 
October 18, 2023
Event Time: 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
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ABOUT THE TALK—from the speaker:
Too often our work in higher education institutions - including our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts - are driven by and driven to meet externally focused outcomes. We use benchmark data to measure up to aspirational peers. We devise strategic plans with goals informed by consultants and, sometimes, research findings. However, we rarely examine our own desires for the future of our work and of our academic communities. It is rare to talk about desire in the academy but drawing from the work of Eve Tuck, Audre Lorde, and adrienne maree brown, we will engage the “politics of desire” as a tool for envisioning and strategizing for the transformation of our communities.

Dr. D-L Stewart is professor and chair of the Higher Education Department in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Over the course of his faculty career, he has focused most intently on the history and philosophy of higher education and the institutional systems and structures that affect the experiences, growth, development, and success of racially minoritized and queer and trans* students in historically white postsecondary institutions. Dr. Stewart examines these topics through intersectional, critical, and poststructural frameworks that interrogate the multiple manifestations of whiteness and settler colonialism in U.S. higher education. In addition to more than 150 invited and refereed presentations and over 90 journal publications and book chapters, Dr. Stewart is also an author or editor of four books related to multicultural student services, contexts and opportunities for LGBTQ+ students, history of Black collegians in private liberal arts colleges, and the use of critical frameworks in student development theorizing. Dr. Stewart has also received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including being named a 2022 Senior Scholar Diplomate and receiving the 2021 Contribution to Knowledge Award from ACPA-College Student Educators International. Dr. Stewart was the 2021 president for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. In 2020, Dr. Stewart founded Radical Insights Speaking, Consulting, and Training LLC whose mission is to transform, initiate, generate, equip, and reinvigorate (T.I.G.E.R.) leaders and organizations toward greater equity and justice.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event starts at 6:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE