"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

#SAFeminist: A new blog for a new day

On Monday, March 31, I gathered with four colleagues and friends a little before 5 p.m. in a room set for 100 people in Indianapolis and prepared to give our...

Beyond ACPA: Reflecting on Re-Entry and Involvement

Yesterday I began a blog post recapping all of the deeply satisfying and incredible experiences over the past week at ACPA. I hadn’t finished it last night before I could...

Positive Psychology and Student Affairs Leadership – Part 2

By Keith Edwards, Macalester College, Heather Shea Gasser, Michigan State University, and Grant Anderson, University of Minnesota Last year at the 2013 ACPA Convention in Las Vegas, the three of...

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!

Today, March 25th, is feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s 80th birthday! In October of 2012, I had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time with Gloria as she was the...

Drafts: Posting and Perfectionism

Over the past three months, I’ve struggled with moving my thoughts past the draft stage and into the posted stage on my blog. Those who also blog will possibly relate,...

The Care and Feeding of Your References

I recently received a voicemail literally out of the blue from a former colleague. When I later listened to the message, I learned she was calling to do a reference...

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Sphere of Control

Those who know me well know my mantra: Sphere of Control. In my last post, I wrote about my fondness for FISH! Philosophy. To me, “sphere of control” is an extension of...

FISHing in Student Affairs

Do you remember FISH! Philosophy? It was big in the early 2000s. I was in my second job out of grad school working in the Center for Student Involvement and...

Activist Identity Development via Student Engagement

How do social movements evolve on college campuses these days? Gone are the days of picketing, sit-ins, and visible protests. “Armchair” activists take to social media and “like” social movement...