The Vermont Connection


In the authors’ experiences as fat, queer, people of color, they exist in a student affairs bubble that reminds them that their bodies are abject. They are forced to sort out when is it their sexualities, their skin, or their size that is the reasoning for their silence in higher education. They force themselves to ask, “when is it about just being fat?” while questioning if their fatness can be separated from their brownness and queerness. “Get Out Of That Chair: How Fat Professionals Fit in Student Affairs” creates a dialogue and discussion about how bodies are policed in the higher education and student affairs job search processes through performative writing. It demands that “normal” bodies get out the way to finally make it about fat people and seeks to exist freely regardless of the discomfort of others.