NACA® The Journal of Campus Activities Practice & Scholarship - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: Special Issue

Special Issue – May 2023
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

We are excited to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship. NACA has recently released an updated Research Agenda to support the work of campus activities professionals that includes a more specific focus on and integration of values related to equity, diversity, and inclusion and student belonging. With this update in mind, JCAPS will dedicate a special issue to these topics.

This issue will include manuscripts describing empirical research, scholarship-to-practice descriptions, or media/resource reviews (formats described here) that address questions such as:

  1. How can campus activities professionals cultivate environments which holistically include and support all students – particularly those representing systemically underserved communities?
  2. How can campus activities professionals move beyond programming that is representative of the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of students to more holistically address the marginalization and oppression experiences by minoritized populations?
  3. How can campus activities professionals lead and guide efforts to challenge systemic oppression on their campuses?
  4. How can campus activities professionals respect and affirm the intersecting identities of students?
  5. In what ways do campus activities professionals negotiate their own identities (from privileged and minoritized lenses) as they support student programming?


Special Guest Editor: Mamta Accapadi, Ph.D.


To help support the collection of a wide range of submissions and ensure their rigor, JCAPS has invited Dr. Mamta Accapadi to serve as a special Guest Editor in collaboration with the current Editorial Board. Dr. Accapadi is a student affairs educator whose career has been devoted to the goals of inclusion, community, and social justice. She has been a particular advocate for first-generation students, low-income students, and children of immigrants, reflecting her own background as a child of immigrants who went on to earn three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Accapadi previously served as vice provost for university life at the University of Pennsylvania, vice president for student affairs at Rollins College from 2013-2020, and dean of student life at Oregon State University. She has held prior positions at the University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, and Schreiner University. She earned a PhD and MEd in higher education administration and a BA in microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin.

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