Precedent is the Enemy of Equity

As a senior leader within the community college sector of higher education, I am constantly challenged by the notion of creating a “precedent” when trying to serve students. Our students are very different from one another. They each have unique challenges, backgrounds, levels of preparation, barriers, and goals. Creating solutions for them to be successfulContinue reading “Precedent is the Enemy of Equity”

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Prounouns and Posture

The Situation This latest action taken at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is so outrageous it warranted a blog post. Please read Fear of Pronouns before reading on…I need to make a few large points about what I consider the most important aspect of being “diverse and inclusive.” Diversity and Inclusion When I askContinue reading “Prounouns and Posture”

Beauty and Creativity

Well it happened. I missed a day blogging. But I didn’t miss a day reflecting! I still did lots of that, and just literally ran out of time yesterday before I could post anything. So I’ll be combining my thoughts on Wednesday May 20 and Thursday May 21 in this post. These last two daysContinue reading “Beauty and Creativity”

Tiny Cups and Orange Lights

Tuesday May 19, 2015 Big shout out to a critical colleague of mine at Oakton @DrGracia. She encouraged me more than she knows via Twitter. It’s tough to write daily – but I’m going to go, go, go. Thanks GNA:) Tuesday was a good day. A long day, but one with more firsts and aContinue reading “Tiny Cups and Orange Lights”

Evidence of Things Unseen

Colleges Campuses Are Full Of Subtle Racism And Sexism, Study Says. First, way to go Missouri for trying to own your stuff and respond appropriately. This is a good read, and more evidence of problems across the academy. I don’t expect my colleagues who are part of the dominant culture (however that manifests in yourContinue reading “Evidence of Things Unseen”

What Happened to My Piece?

A few hours into my experience at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (#NCORE2014) in Indianapolis, IN, I have been inspired to write this post that has long been on my heart. Back in 2008 at the University of Louisville, there was a pretty big shift about to take place within a long-standing officeContinue reading “What Happened to My Piece?”

The Community College

Having “officially” worked in the two-year / community college space for just over a year now, I want to re-affirm my total faith in these institutions, and hope to help others gain or renew their appreciation for what they do and can do. Instead of talking about attending them though, I wanted to share thisContinue reading “The Community College”

Remedial/Developmental Education…Or Not

  Some Florida Colleges Plan for New Choice for Remedial Education: Opting Out – Students I like how this particular institution is using data to drive this conversation. Data have to point the way to solutions, like a compass. But it can’t stop there. Now that I work in the two-year college space, I knowContinue reading “Remedial/Developmental Education…Or Not”

You Are Stronger Than You Think

It has been about two months since I last blogged, and I have missed it a great deal. I have much to say about my life and my ah-ha’s over the last two months, but I want to start with focusing on those reading this. I am preparing to do a webinar on responding toContinue reading “You Are Stronger Than You Think”

Inspiration and Information

I have one of the best jobs on the planet. I am surrounded by people, for the most part, who are hell bent on improving themselves, and oftentimes the world around them. Students, faculty, staff, community partners; almost all of them approach life with possibility and positivity on the mind. Sometimes with this positivity, however,Continue reading “Inspiration and Information”