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Listen Very Loud:
Paying Attention in the Student Affairs Profession
by Randy L. Mitchell
Stories, 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 Randys message: listening to the stories of students,
colleagues, and oneself.
The pieces in this book are my way of examining and transforming the humanity
of the student affairs profession.
Im 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.