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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When It Don’t Come Easy

Tuesday May 26, 2015 I spoke about “going places and doing things” in one of my previous posts. It’s good to get out and about, in the world, your community, or your neighborhood. One thing that inevitably happens when you travel abroad – is that you hit a bit of a wall at some point inContinue reading “When It Don’t Come Easy”

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”

Don’t Worry

I have this bit of advice to share for all you new graduates – and some of us older graduates too: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6:34 NIV Whether you are particularly religious or not, whether you are ChristianContinue reading “Don’t Worry”

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”

Solitude vs. Loneliness

I don’t know this young scholar all that well, but social media has a way of blessing us at the most unexpected times. His words traveled across the ocean to fall on my heart at a time I really needed to read it. His words also reminded me of gifts from two of my favorite authors,Continue reading “Solitude vs. Loneliness”

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”

Did Robin Thicke Get it Right?

For those who follow this blog, and for those who know me, you recognize my love of music – and in particular the spoken word. Songs tell stories, make points, and teach as well as any book does. Robin Thicke, in his second album The Evolution of Robin Thicke, has is a song titled “Everything IContinue reading “Did Robin Thicke Get it Right?”

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”