March 29, 2018 – Aurora, CO – Dr. Paulette Dalpes, Vice President of Student Affairs at the Community College of Aurora, is a contributing writer to a new book, Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship. On Tuesday, April 6, 2018, Peter Lang Inc. International Academic Publishers will release an unprecedented collection of writing about cross-racial friendships between women, edited by Dr. Kersha Smith and Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, with a foreword by Dr. Sonia Nieto.
Dr. Dalpes co-wrote a chapter with a colleague in the field of Student Affairs, Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, about their friendship across multiple social identities, with a focus on race and sexual orientation. “I am honored to be part of this important anthology with so many friends, colleagues, and people whom I admire,” she said. “Embedded in the writings of these authors are topics not often discussed across race. Hopefully, this book, by and about women and our journey of friendship, will help to expand the dialogue and close the divide.”
With contributions from 30 women representing multiple racial and ethnic identities within the U.S., Uncommon Bonds is intended to provide a window into the often invisible struggles present in cross-racial friendships. The book also honors the uniqueness of each story while uniting them under a common bond that exposes conflicts, celebrations, and everything in between that exists in cross-racial friendships.
Dr. Dalpes joined the Community College of Aurora in 2017 and has over 30 years of experience as a Student Affairs professional, including 18 years working at community colleges. Her career in student affairs includes senior level and systems administration; facilitating federally funded TRiO grant programs; training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion; and work in residential life at large universities. She is the co-editor of The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges and a forthcoming Special Issue of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice titled Current Initiatives and Trends in Higher Education: The Role of Student Affairs in Advancing Community College Student Success. She has served as the Community College Division Director on the Board of Directors for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Dr. Dalpes attended Colorado State University as a first-generation college student, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration. She earned her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts.
About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and eastern Denver, Colorado. The college offers courses on two campuses and online courses for degree or certificate completion. CCA students engage in programs that help them realize their potential by preparing them for transfer to a four-year institution and employment. For more information, visit the Community College of Aurora website. Potential Realized.