The book, Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell, serves to highlight how student affairs has grown as a field of practice in response to the growth of student diversity on college campuses and honor the remarkable career of Melvin C. Terrell. Melvin C. Terrell was a pioneer in the field of student affairs, serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at NEIU for 20 years — the longest tenure for an African-American in that position at a predominantly White institution at the time. Equally remarkable was the guidance Terrell provided to scholars and practitioners, many of whom contributed to the Festschrift in his honor.
“Unlike many of his contemporaries, he was one of the few who saw it as part of their role to uplift the future generation of scholars and practitioners,” Professor Jackson said in the article.
The Diverse Issues article elaborates on the career and impact of Terrell, including quotes from several of the contributors to the book who were impacted by his example and mentorship. The feature also highlights the impact of the Festschrift and its role as one of the only comprehensive texts devoted to student affairs. A Festschrift is a time honored academic tradition that recognizes the retirement of an accomplished scholar by other scholars contributing original work to a volume dedicated to the honoree.