constellational thinker. critical scholar. transformative educator.

About

Thanks to Robert Lange for this great photo of me!

Thanks to Robert Lange for this great photo of me!

About

Alex (they/them/their) has an impatient, enduring hope for a just, caring, and thriving world. In their day-to-day, they are a student affairs educator, working with and alongside queer & trans collegians to promote campus climates and experiences that help all students to thrive.

Alex is available for speaking engagements, workshops, and consultations for institutions.  Alex speaks on a range of topics, including social responsibility, broad discussions of social justice and sense of belonging, engaging race as a White/multiracial person, gender, sexuality, and intersectionality.  The key for Alex is a mix of active engagement, attention to unique learners' needs, flexibility in methods, and a commitment to intentional learning.  Ultimately, they want you to walk away with a greater commitment to understanding one's place to reflect upon and enact change.  To bring Alex to you, head to the contact page.

Transformative Educator

First and foremost, Alex is a scholar-practitioner, integrating a variety of theory into their practice - and not just those gained from Student Development Theory courses.  Alex current works at Michigan State University where they serve as both Assistant Director of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center and Coordinator for Organizational Effectiveness for the Division of Student Affairs and Services.  In addition to both college- and community-based LGBTQ+ work, Alex has also worked with leadership education, division operations, alumni engagement, student governance, residence life, student organizations, and first-year orientation and experience programs.

Critical Scholar

Alex truly believes in not only being a critical consumer of knowledge but also critiquing and adding to the existing literature available.  Alex is particularly interested in how we can use overlapping critical (e.g., Critical Race Theory, Critical Trans Politics) and poststructural (e.g. queer theory) theories to better understand student development as well as developing models for practice.  Their other scholarly interests include models of leadership based in liberation frameworks, trans* college student experiences and development, social justice praxis, peer-to-peer sociocultural dialogues, and learning outcome design and assessment.  Alex has their M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Law and American Society from the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University.

Constellational Thinker

In March 2016, Alex was able to spread their idea worth spreading at TEDxMSU: Möbius.  Alex believes efforts to to create a more just, caring, and thriving world must include intersectional, interdisciplinary, integrative thinking AKA constellational thinking.  For instance, we must make connections between climate change and war, understanding how our logics and understanding of war affect our ability to enact sustainable, effective initiatives to positively address climate change.  Part of this includes connecting the universal and particular, the local and the global, and embracing the both/and.