Go and Do

As the world is continually made smaller through social media, I find some of us are lulled into thinking we “know” people and things because we read a post about it. Or that we are somehow worldly because we have a few friends in international places. My challenge for you is to go further inContinue reading “Go and Do”

Sweat the Small Stuff

Much of my life I have heard the phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Usually that is followed by “and everything is small stuff.” I lived by that quote for much of my life – using it to help me get through, over, and past my disappointments with myself and others. I used it whenContinue reading “Sweat the Small Stuff”

Ritual, Innovation, and Change

Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 Blogging at the end of the night is impossible when my nights end late, which they did on both Friday and Saturday. Friday ended with these now regular chat with Sandra and Jerome over some wine and light snacks. I’m in love with the rituals this family keeps,Continue reading “Ritual, Innovation, and Change”

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”

Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons

Habari gani!? Inspired by the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa, I felt it timely to write this post. It captures of the best of what my people have taught me, and how I want to teach others. Every year during Thanksgiving, the Wilson’s (my mother’s side of the family) come together for fun, fellowship, and aContinue reading “Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons”

Grace

I’ve commented a few times recently via social media how amazing critical colleagues are. These are people who will challenge you, call you out, help you grow and learn in very authentic ways. One such college, who works in Pennsylvania and co-facilitates with me at various leadership conferences across the country, engaged me in great reflectionContinue reading “Grace”

Real Fear

I share this very personal message from a place of fear because we all know fear on some level. Women know fear from just being women. Surrounded by men in a male-centric world where “rape culture” is actually a thing. Think about that – we have something called rape culture. Men, White folks and othersContinue reading “Real Fear”

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?”

Cultural Exchange vs. Cultural Appropriation

During the 2001-2002 school year, I was the President of the Student Senate (and Vice President of the Student Body) at North Carolina State University. I attended the Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA) at Texas A&M University with a group of fellow student government leaders. One night was a thematic night where we wereContinue reading “Cultural Exchange vs. Cultural Appropriation”