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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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”

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”

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?”

Understanding and Managing Privilege

In my work, discussions of privilege and power come up a lot – and actually should come up more. Talking about privilege and power is not meant for trivial coffee conversations either. It is a matter that impacts us every day of our lives, no matter your many social identities. When I find resources thatContinue reading “Understanding and Managing Privilege”

Part 2 of Top Down Bigotry

The RP: Is Anti-Hinduism the GOP’s New Silver Bullet? « The Recovering Politician. This is from the former Kentucky State Treasurer. Great blogger and someone I consider to be a genuine and authentic agent for positive change across the political landscape.

Top Down Bigotry and Ignorance – #overit

David Williams assails Steve Beshear over participation in Hindu prayer ceremony | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com. I don’t pretend to know everything about everything…well I kinda do, but I am willing to talk about why I believe what I believe. And I’m not so intellectually arrogant as to think that everything I say or thinkContinue reading “Top Down Bigotry and Ignorance – #overit”