"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

Lessons from the Field: Feminist Supervision

Lessons from the Field: Feminist Supervision

Very early on in my career in student affairs I had a really terrible supervisor (who will remain nameless). He was a “good ole’ boy” in the purest sense, catering...

Feminist Organizational Structures: Counteracting Hierarchy

Feminist Organizational Structures: Counteracting Hierarchy

Sally Hegelsen, author of the book The Web of Inclusion: Architecture for Building Great Organizations speaks to the leadership role of women and their influence in the workplace. She writes:...

Inclusive Leadership Through a Feminist Lens

This weekend I will be presenting on feminist leadership at the Michigan State University Women’s Leadership Conference. This topic, and in fact this presentation, was developed years ago in conjunction...

My Student Affairs Journey: Before the WCenter

My Student Affairs Journey: Before the WCenter

As an undergraduate, I initially experienced the field of student affairs when, after serving as an RA, the housing department promoted me to the position of assistant hall director during...

“Beyond WCenter” Purpose Statement

“Beyond WCenter” Purpose Statement

Purpose Statement I began “Beyond WCenter” as a personal project to provide a reflective space to process my experiences as the director of a university women’s center. Working in a...

One Thousand Miles

Thank you to the Student Affairs Fitness Blog for inviting me to serve as a guest blogger and for publishing this piece.  I achieved a running milestone today when I...

I resolve…to make choices not resolutions

I resolve…to make choices not resolutions

This post was published on New Year’s Day in 2012 on the UI Women’s Center’s Blog. By definition, to resolve is to make a firm decision to do (or not to...