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Very Loud: Paying Attention in the Student Affairs Profession
Authored by Randy L. Mitchell
fables, allegories, and legends have traditionally been the ways in
which a community preserves its heritage — its collective memory.
They are also the ways in which any community passes along and
rejuvenates the ideals and values of its culture. As a consummate
teller of tales, Randy Mitchell has become a balladeer of his
profession by sharing and re-conceptualizing the ideals and traditions
inherent in the field of student affairs.
Listening is at the heart of
Randy's message: listening to the stories of students, colleagues, and
The pieces in this book are
my way of examining and transforming the humanity of the student
affairs profession. ¼ I’m also interested in some of the qualities
of our profession that seem to be missing from the literature. I
believe we need new perspectives on responsibility, success,
motivation, balance, grief, sense, grace (harmony, acceptance,
goodwill), and joy as these concepts relate to student affairs.
Listen Very Loud is a
collection of essays — of stories — each posing a question, each
offering reflections for your personal consideration. They are a tool
for renewing the greatest strengths of the student affairs profession
and the people who work within it.