Jabari Bodrick is a student affairs educator who is passionate about creating educational environments where students can learn within and beyond traditional classroom settings. In his current role at the University of South Carolina (USC), Jabari leads USC's service-learning efforts. He also serves as the national chair of the Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (SCIHE KC). Serving as the SCIHE KC Chair affords him the opportunity to facilitate the creation and dissemination of relevant research and institutional anecdotes related to socioeconomic and class issues in higher education. Jabari’s current research interests include service-learning, socioeconomic and class issues in higher education, and minority serving institutions. He earned his B.S. in public relations from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, his M.Ed. in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, and his Ph.D. in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.
Sonja Ardoin is an author, learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" and is proud of her first generation to Ph.D. educational journey. Sonja brings experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She currently serves as program director and clinical assistant professor of higher education at Boston University. Sonja stays engaged in the field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Gamma, and College Summit. She authored The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career (2014) and is currently working on books on first generation, working class, rural students and college access, and social class stories in the academy. She serves on the journal review boards for the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the College Student Affairs Journal. Sonja not only identifies as a first-generation college student herself, but also studies others’ experiences and is the author of the forthcoming College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter (in press with Lexington Books). She also serves on the NASPA Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (KC) and the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group.
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Tori Svoboda is a first-generation college student from the working class who now serves as an assistant professor of student affairs administration in higher education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Tori worked for twenty years in student affairs at public and private four-year institutions, with experience in academic and career advising; diversity, equity, and inclusion; orientation, transition, and retention; and sexual violence prevention and response. Tori’s dissertation explored how social class is constructed for White women student affairs educators from working class backgrounds. A piece of that work, Grounding v. lifting: Mobility of SA educators from working-class, appeared in NASPA’s 2016 Conference Publication. Tori currently serves on the research committee for NODA and the leadership team for NASPA’s Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education (SCIHE) knowledge community. Tori has co-presented pre-conference workshops on social class for NASPA as well as numerous workshops for NASPA, NASPA’s Multicultural Institute, and ACPA’s Institute for Social Justice. Tori has also worked with regional career advising organizations and non-profits to explore the ways in which traditional career services can alienate working class students. Tori is now co-editing a book series on social class in education with Lexington Books.