#JPSPEAKS 001: Technology Competency Area Explored with Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Welcome to the very first episode of #JPSPEAKS: Social Justice & Inclusion Podcast for Higher Education

A PODCAST HOSTED BY JAMIE PIPERATOProfessionals! This podcast was developed as a way to disseminate free content to higher education professionals focusing on social justice and inclusion. Every month, there will be a new episode posted, which will include the audio and show notes. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] to recommend professionals, authors, or activists as special guests! I will do my very best to try and get them on the show!

Today, our very first guest is Dr. Paul Gordon Brown (find out more about Paul below) and he will be discussing the new technology competency area developed by NASPA and ACPA with special emphasis on the intersection of inclusion and technology (find the new complete list of competency areas here)!

In this particular episode, you will learn:

  • About the NASPA & ACPA Technology Competency Area
  • Some considerations to think about when looking at the intersection of technology and inclusion
  • Additional resources/scholars (in addition to Dr. Paul Gordon Brown) you should be following about technology in higher education (and beyond)!


Website: Who is Dr. Paul Gordon Brown?

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant and speaker specializing in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media and design. A coffee adherent, a traveler and a thrill seeker, Paul has worked in various locations from Anchorage to London. As an independent speaker and consultant, he has keynoted conferences and spoken to diverse audiences nationally and internationally from Canada to Dubai. Paul recently defended his doctoral dissertation at Boston College entitled, “College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self” and continues his research on the impact of social media on college student development.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Paul has also studied at Miami University in Oxford, OH and at New College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. Paul currently works as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research at the higher education technology software company, Roompact, focusing on advancing and enhancing residential student learning.

Paul has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs in a diverse array of functional areas including residential education, honors programs, academic advising, college athletics and student activities.  He also served in a senior student affairs officer role as the Acting Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  Formerly serving as an instructor in the Higher Education programs at Merrimack College and Boston College, Paul has extensive experience in the classroom and working in blended student and academic affairs environments.  His research passions include issues involving first year students, honors and high ability/high achieving students, learning communities, residential curricula, and social media, technology and design.

An experienced presenter, Paul has had accepted and given over 50 refereed presentations at international and regional conferences. He was the first to bring the PechaKucha presentation style to higher education and student affairs through a session he organized with colleagues in 2012 and was recognized in 2014 by LinkedIn’s SlideShare as a “Keynote Author” for his excellence in presentation delivery and design.  Paul was also recognized by LinkedIn as “one to follow” and by EdTech Magazine as one of the top 50 Higher Ed bloggers to follow.  His latest book includes a collaboration with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube.” A work that educates college students on the new realities of living online lives. Now available on Amazon.

Paul currently serves on the Governing Board of the ACPA—College Student Educators International as the Director of Membership Development, having previously served two terms as the Coordinator for Standing Committees. Paul also serves on the faculty of ACPA’s Residential Curriculum Institute and is a Team Co-Chair on the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Social and Digital Technology and Higher Education.

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Find Dr. Paul Gordon Brown online:



Resources Mentioned in Show:

Blog Post: Overview (Part 1): The Technology Competency Area for Student Affairs Educators

Blog Post: Theme (Part 2): The Technology Competency Area For Student Affairs Educators. Includes: Visual Representation of the Intersection of the 10 Competency Areas

Presentation: #ACPA16 and #NASPA16 Presentation: Digital Explorer, Educator, or Influencer? The New Student Affairs Technology Competency Area

SA Researchers/Scholars to Know:

Resources/Scholars Outside of Student Affairs:

  • Eric Coleman, What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube (Find it on Amazon.com)
  • Danah Boyd, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (Find it on Amazon.com)

Call to Action:

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown challenges you to go ask a student how they use technology! Ask your students simple questions such as, “What do you think about social media? How do you portray yourself online?” Then, utilize the information to reach out to students, program around their needs, educate them on their digital identity!

What do I do once I complete the Call to Action?

Once you complete the above ‘Call to Action’ head over to your social media accounts & tell the Student Affairs Community what you learned and what you will be doing with the information! Be sure to use #JPSPEAKS on all of your posts & tweets!


#JPSPEAKS 015: A Discussion about Supporting Undocumented Students in Higher Education with Guest Ana Clara Blesso

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Welcome to Episode 015 of the #JPSPEAKS: Social Justice & Inclusion Podcast for Higher Education #JPSPEAKS PodcastProfessionals! Today, I had the honor of interviewing, Ana Clara Blesso, around the topic of supporting undocumented students in higher education.

Below, you will find the show notes, a biography on Ana Clara Blesso, and Ana Clara’s call-to-action! Enjoy!

Episode Abstract:

Undocumented students are a portion of the current immigrant population, but their distinct challenges require tailored support from higher education professionals. As a career counselor, Ana Clara Blesso has found it essential to develop structure to ensure that she is supporting this student population to the best of her abilities. Through this podcast, listeners will gain insight into some of the challenges generally experienced by the undocumented students that Ana Clara has personally worked with and will hear about her competencies for providing the best support and care.

In this particular episode, you will:

  • Gain insight into some of the challenges faced by undocumented students
  • Begin brainstorming tangible ways to become a stronger ally to this student population

  • Hear from a higher education professional who strives to balance professionalism with advocacy

Ana Clara Blesso’s Biography & Contact Info:

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Clara Blesso immigrated to Florida at the age of 7. Since then, she has experienced many aspects of immigrant life – from supporting the undocumented community to securing her own US citizenship in 2016. Ana Clara has a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Assumption College and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University. Ana Clara is a trained AAUW salary negation facilitator, and is passionate about supporting women and underrepresented groups in their career development. She currently works as a career counselor at a large public university in New England, and calls Massachusetts home. More information about Ana Clara can be found here or on Twitter: @anaclarablesso.

Show Notes:


What is your reaction to the above call-to-action? What conversations or thoughts have you had as a result of the above call-to-action? In order to build community around these challenges, share your reactions and accomplishments on your social media accounts by using #JPSPEAKS!


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