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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Privilege and Perspective

It warrants repeating that traveling, even within your own community, is vital to developing a more caring an empathetic mindset. It allows you to appreciate what you have, how little you know, and how much good there is in the world. As I wait to board my flight to Vienna, Austria (country #2 on myContinue reading “Privilege and Perspective”

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”

I Do It For The Roses

“While strolling through the fields of time, there’s many things to see; But nature is the greatest sight, that there could ever be. The greatest of them all to me is how the world was formed; And why the roses have to live each day among the thorns.” Image provided by bitrebels.com My work placesContinue reading “I Do It For The Roses”

Rights and Responsibilities

As I meditated this morning I came across a scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:23 and 24 that reads, “I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.(NIV)Continue reading “Rights and Responsibilities”

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”

Planes, Bikes, and Water mobiles

Sunday May 17, 2015. Day 2 in Holland. Yesterday was a day of firsts. My second day in Holland took us into the city of Utrecht, a beautiful city. Much of the architecture is similar to Amsterdam and other parts of Holland, but it is much more laid back and less touristy. I wanted toContinue reading “Planes, Bikes, and Water mobiles”