"Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression." ~ bell hooks in "Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center"


“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.” ~Muhammad Ali


"One of our responsibilities--whether we become a researcher, teacher, administrator, or leader--is to know the literature in our field" (Boote & Biele, 2005, p. 4).


"Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet." ~ Doris Brown Heritage

College Students.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

About Heather

Feminist Mother, #SAdoc @HALEatMSU, @msuRISE Asst Director, @ACPA Director of Membership, Host #SAlive #HigherEdLive, #SAfit Runner, Activist Blogger, Artist

Student Affairs Live

Heather hosts an online broadcast on the Higher Ed Live network focusing on issues, trends, and the current state of Student Affairs. To see past episodes, click below.

Feminists in Student Affairs

Connecting practice and scholarship, Heather with several colleagues launched the blog Feminists in Student Affairs after ACPA 2014. To read the posts from all of the feminist voices on the blog, click below.

ACPA Involvement

Heather currently serves as the Director of Membership Development on the ACPA Governing Board. To read more about this professional association, click below.

considering transformation, feminism, and vulnerability in student affairs work

Recent Posts

My Thoughts on “Women Doing ‘Office Housework’”

This article, Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Women Doing ‘Office Housework’, has appeared in my newsfeed several times in the last 24 hours....

My Reflection: It’s Time to Talk About Race

(This piece was cross-posted on the Feminists in Student Affairs blog) by Heather Shea Gasser My overall philosophy in serving as a host of Student Affairs Live is to bring...

Where do women’s centers fit?

(cross posted on the blog, Feminists in Student Affairs) Campus-based women’s centers hold a special place in my heart. The five+ years I spent as the Director of the University...

The “Controversiality” of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party

Courtney Martin’s book Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists is a compilation of short narratives describing various points when the writer experienced something that caused feminism to resonate or...

Going Grey – Reflections on Turning 40

(Cross posted from blog: Feminists in Student Affairs. The featured photo on this post is of my mother, Susan Shea, and me on my 40th birthday) You wouldn’t know it by looking...

Lactivism: Breastfeeding Activism on Campus

(Cross posted from blog: Feminists in Student Affairs.) I’ve written in a previous post about the personal being political and professional — and breastfeeding is a perfect example to further explain my point...

#ACPA14 Pecha Kucha: “What’s for Dinner: Complications & Consequences of Food On Campus”

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 I presented the following slides as part of my Pecha Kucha presentation at ACPA 2014. It was a unique opportunity to share information based on...

The Personal is Political… and Professional

(Cross posted from blog: Feminists in Student Affairs.) A rallying cry of the women’s liberation and second-wave feminist movement is “The Personal Is Political.” The phrase charged legions of women who...

Student Affairs Live: Reflections on the first three episodes

I began serving as a co-host of Student Affairs Live on the Higher Ed Live network in January of 2014. I was offered the opportunity to serve as one of...