Series’ and Colloquiums

The Raines Colloquium honors the significant contributions of Emeritus Professor Max Raines to the department, the college, the university, and the field of student affairs in higher education.

Dr. Raines, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration from 1965 -1993, and his wife Tomie established the Colloquium in 1993 in memory of his parents, Loren and Opal Raines.

The purpose of the Raines Colloquium is to foster intellectual, professional and personal growth and collegiality among the students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education at Michigan State University.

A national leader in the field of student affairs, Dr. Raines was also a critical figure in creating a strong academic and professional foundation for MSU's nationally recognized programs in student affairs, adult education, and higher education. The Raines Colloquium hosts distinguished scholars and practitioners within student affairs, adult education, and higher education for a series of lectures and discussions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Past Raines Colloquium Speakers

  • Robert Brown - Spring 2018
  • Vasti Torres - Fall 2017
  • Edlyn Peña - Spring 2017
  • Lori Patton Davis - Fall 2016
  • Rev. Jaime Washington - Spring 2016
  • Jeffrey C. Sun - Fall 2015
  • Jeffrey Milem - Spring 2015
  • Cynthia Love - Fall 2014 
  • Patricia Green-Powell - Spring 2014
  • Kathleen Manning - Fall 2013
  • Frank Harris, III - Spring 2013
  • Gavin Henning - Fall 2012
  • Kenneth Elmore - Spring 2012
  • George Kuh - Fall 2011
  • Connie Tingson-Gatuz - Spring 2011
  • Tim Pierson - Spring 2010
  • Anna Ortiz. - Fall 2009
  • C. Carney Strange - Spring 2009
  • Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson - Fall 2008
  • Beverly Bower - Spring 2008
  • Jill Carnaghi - Fall 2007
  • Arthur W. Chickering - Spring 2007
  • Nancy Evans- Spring 2006
  • Susan Jones - Spring 2005
  • William Sedlacek - Spring 2004
  • Susan Komives - Spring 2003
  • Phillip Altbach - Spring 2002
  • anthony antonio - Spring 2001
  • Sylvia Hurtado - Fall 1999
  • Johnetta Cross Brazzell - Fall 1999
  • Patricia M. King - Spring 1999
  • Marcia Baxter Magolda - Spring 1998
  • Sherry Turkle - Fall 1996
  • William H. Maehl - Spring 1996
  • Terry Deal - Fall 1993 

Past Events

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Grounded in Place and Purpose: Tribal Colleges and Universities as Places of Indigenous Learning and Restorative Practices

Dr. Yazzie-Mintz will contextualize the tribal college movement within its historical roots and journey to revitalize tribal communities. The talk will center on examples such as the ways in which TCUs are engaged in childhood community-based programs.

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Grounded in Place and Purpose: Tribal Colleges and Universities as Places of Indigenous Learning and Restorative Practices

Dr. Yazzie-Mintz will contextualize the tribal college movement within its historical roots and journey to revitalize tribal communities. The talk will center on examples such as the ways in which TCUs are engaged in early childhood community-based progra

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Spring 2017 Raines Colloquium: "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Interrupting Systems of Oppression in Higher Education"

This presentation will explore how to interrupt harmful dynamics of oppression, create more inclusive and liberatory spaces, and center our collective need for self-care and sustainable praxis.

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Fall 2017 Raines Colloquium: "Questioning Retention Metrics: A Theoretical Synthesis to Promote Student Success"

Dr. Vasti Torres will be discussing her ongoing research looking at sustainable commitments to improving student success and closing achievement gaps for historically underrepresented students.

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Spring 2017 Raines Colloquium: "Autism in College: Creating a Spectrum of Opportunity"

Dr. Edlyn Peña discusses evidenced-based ways in which college faculty, administrators, and staff can work together to facilitate the success and retention of students with autism.

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Fall 2016 Raines Colloquium: "Why Bother with Theory? A Critique on Promises and Challenges of Student Development Theory in Student Affairs Practice"

Featuring Dr. Lori Patton Davis

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Spring 2016 Raines Colloquium: "Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: From Awareness-Action"

Featuring Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

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Fall 2015 Raines Colloquium: "An Accessible Approach to Understanding Title IX: Translating Research & Law Into Practice"

Featuring Jeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D.

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Spring 2015 Raines Colloquium: “Making Diversity Work on Campus: Whose Job is it and What has to be Done?”

Featuring Jeffrey Milem, Ph.D.