Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE)
CPPHE Newsletter - April 2021
Hello CPPHE Colleagues,

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, CPPHE has decided to create a quarterly newsletter to keep our members abreast of the vital information leading up to ASHE 2021.

What a year it has been! We want to thank you all for your attendance at our last CPPHE pre-conference and your continued support through these unprecedented times.

We stand solidarity with the Asian community and unequivocally reject racism, sexism, terrorism, and hate. We hope you will all join us to continue to engage in dialogue, scholarship, and service that seeks to eradicate injustice and inequity.

There is so much to cover in this unprecedented time, but in this newsletter CPPHE is excited to introduce the executive committee, announce the opening of the CPPHE awards nomination, and encourage all of you to submit a proposal for the upcoming ASHE CPPHE pre-conference. Read on for more details!


Graduate Student Policy Seminar
Last year CPPHE agreed to take on the responsibilities of planning for the Graduate Student Policy Seminar (GSPS). CPPHE is excited to include GSPS in its pre-conference planning. To ensure this seminar is successful and impactful for graduate students, CPPHE seeks volunteers to serve on the GSPS planning committee. This committee will be instrumental in assisting the GSPS chair in planning for the annual graduate seminar. Each member will serve a two-year term along with the GSPS chair.

If you are interested, please complete click this link to provide your contact information.
CPPHE Award Nominations
In early May we will be accepting nominations for the 2021 CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy Higher Education Award. This award recognizes excellence in work at the nexus of academic scholarship and policy practice.

More details about the award and process are coming soon via the ASHE listserv, Facebook, and Twitter, so start making a list of persons you feel exemplify excellence in our field and consider nominating yourself!
Submit Your Proposals for the 2021 CPPHE
We are now accepting proposals for the 2021 CPPHE Pre-Conference. Please consider submitting a proposal for this incredibly popular and informative pre- conference. Deadline is April 20, 2021.
Get to Know the CPPHE Executive Committee
Your 2020-2021 CPPHE Executive Committee look forward to serving you and fostering a community that meets the needs and interests of ASHE and CPPHE. Get to know them a little better.

CPPHE Chair: DeShawn Preston, United Negro College Fund
DeShawn Preston was elected to CPPHE in 2019. He currently serves as the Program Manager, Institutional Knowledge for UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building. Within this role, DeShawn manages multiple programs to support institutional-self-awareness and the development of strategic approaches to increase the capacity of the institution through institutional data. As an active member in the field of higher education, DeShawn serves as a young scholar for the editorial board for the Journal of Negro Education. DeShawn considers himself to be an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and those who are often forgotten in the field of higher education. Before joining UNCF, DeShawn served as the institutional effectiveness program manager at Morehouse School of Medicine and a research fellow at the Southern Education Foundation.
CPPHE Vice-Chair: Meredith Billings, Sam Houston State University
Meredith S. Billings was elected to CPPHE in 2020. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and she teaches courses on higher education policy, governance, finance, assessment, and program evaluation. Her research agenda broadly focuses on college affordability, college access and success, and state and institutional finances. Currently, she is conducting research projects on free college/promise programs, guaranteed tuition plans, college advising programs, and state funding for higher education during periods of economic recession.
CPPHE Secretary: Sosanya Jones, Howard University
Sosanya Jones was elected to CPPHE in 2019. She is an assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University where she teaches courses on diversity, governance, higher education policy, and qualitative research. Her research interests focus on the nexus between policy and practice for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
CPPHE Member-at-Large: Cecilia Orphan, University of Denver
Cecilia M. Orphan was elected to CPPHE in 2019. She is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Denver where she teaches courses in administration and public policy. Dr. Orphan’s research agenda is informed by her experiences as a first-generation, low-income student whose life was transformed by attending access institutions - Linn Benton Community College and Portland State University, a regional public university in Oregon. Her research broadly investigates the role of higher education in a democratic society and includes two lines of inquiry: 1) how policy discourses shape higher education’s societal purposes and equity pursuits; and 2) how the intersection of campus governance and public policy affect the mission enactments and equity pursuits of regional public universities and rural public colleges. Her work has appeared in The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in political science from Portland State University.
CPPHE Member-at-Large: Raquel Muñiz, Boston College
Dr. Muñiz's research addresses the persistent educational inequities in American society using disciplinary tools of educational theory, policy, and law. She focuses on two lines of inquiry: 1) examining the role of law and policies in furthering educational equity; and 2) examining the use of research evidence in the legal system and public policy decision-making where such decision-making has implications for educational equity. Her research is particularly concerned with students who have experienced substantial adversity, systemic stressors that students face as a result of the nested systems of American laws, regulations, and accompanying social policies that shape their lived experiences and the school systems they attend.
CPPHE Member-at-Large: Frank Fernandez, University of Mississippi
Frank Fernandez is Assistant Professor of Higher Education. He examines educational policy and equity issues. He has published in American Educational Research Journal, Review of Higher Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy, and Penn State Law Review, among others.
CPPHE Member-at-Large: Vanessa Sansone, University of Texas at San Antonio
Vanessa A. Sansone was elected to CPPHE in 2020. She is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She is Latinx, a critical policy scholar, and a former Senior Institutional Research Analyst who worked within the University of Texas System. As a Professor, her areas of research interest focus on understanding college affordability, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and power & governance structures, especially for students from Latinx, military-affiliated and rural backgrounds. Her empirical work has been published in such outlets as The Review of Higher Education, Review of Educational Research and New Directions for Student Development Services. She was named one of the 35 most outstanding women in higher education in 2020 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from UTSA, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from UTSA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.
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