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HESA Highlights
September 2019
Latest News
HESA Welcomes Dr. Oscar Patrón

We would like to welcome Dr. Oscar Patrón to HESA! Oscar has recently joined HESA as a postdoctoral scholar selected by the Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society. Oscar’s recent work investigates the resilience processes that queer Latino collegians undergo in relation to their social identities and surrounding contexts. His dissertation was titled “Reconceptualizing Notions of Resilience Through the Experiences of Gay Latino Male Collegians.” Oscar has been awarded the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship, Provost Development Fund, and was recognized as an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Fellow. We look forward to having Oscar join us!   

Dr. Demetri Morgan is selected for the Next Generation Fellowship

Dr. Demetri Morgan (M.S. Ed. ’13) was one of six professionals selected for the Place-Based Justice Network Next Generation Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to nurture a more diverse and inclusive network by supporting emerging leaders of color who work with place-based community engagement efforts on their campuses and in their communities.

Brian Richardson Jr. receives Outstanding Staff Award by the George Taliaferro Sport Association

Brian Richardson Jr.‚Äč, current doctoral student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program and Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, recently received the Outstanding Staff Award by the George Taliaferro Sport Assocation. This award goes to a staff member whose actions have exceeded the standard of the organization. This individual embodies the true meaning of the George Taliaferro Sport Association and is a role model to all general and Executive Members. The George Taliaferro Sport Association works to maximize diversity and inclusion within all sports communities at Indiana University by supporting students and encouraging positive networking and collaboration at conferences.The George Taliaferro Sport Association additionally works to provide equal opportunities for its members within all sport majors and interest on the IU campus. GTSA continues to work towards building a community in an environment where all students can work, thrive and succeed together.

Dr. Charlie Nelms Publishes Memoir

Dr. Charlie Nelms (M.S.Ed. '71, Ed.D. '77) recently published a memoir, From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie, A Memoir. Nelms, a Professor Emeritus at the School of Education, hoped to leave behind a legacy through the book – and remember those who helped him along the way. “I really wanted to honor the memory and contributions of people who nurtured my dreams and really supported me,” he told Dean Lemuel Watson in a discussion about his life and journey in education.

Dr. Shaun Harper receives IU Bicentennial Medal

Dr. Shaun Harper was recently awarded Indiana University’s Bicentennial Medal. The Bicentennial Medal honors distinguished and distinctive service, broadly defined, in support of Indiana University's mission as a public university, individuals who have enlarged the footprint of IU, or have helped to put IU on the map in unique ways. Those receiving the Bicentennial Medal should be seen as models for future students, faculty, alumni, and organizations to emulate as IU enters its Third Century. Dr. Shaun Harper currently serves as the  Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business, the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center.

HESA Alumni are named NASPA Pillars of the Profession

Dr. Larry Lunsford (MS.Ed. ‘77), Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski (M.S.Ed. ‘91), Dr. Sarah B. Westfall (M.S. Ed. ‘95), and Dr. Robert Schwartz (Ph. D. ‘90) were named NASPA Pillars of the Profession at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference. This award honors members of the profession who are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, have served in leadership roles in NASPA, are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service, and have made significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field.

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We’d love to hear about your personal updates and share them in our HESA Highlights! Please e-mail updates to Amy Nunez at

Morgan, D. L., & Davis III, C. H. F. (Eds.). (2019). Student activism, politics, and campus climate in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge. (Books can be purchased for a discount using the following code at checkout (BSE19) on the Routledge website:

Morgan, D. L., Zilvinskis, J., & Dugan, B. (2019). Opening the activism and postsecondary education black box: Relating high-impact practices and student identity with activist behaviors. Journal of Political Science Education, 1–24.

Tillapaugh, D. & McGowan, B. (2019). Men and Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices for Supporting College Men's Development. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

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