Y-Of-U

I had an amazing opportunity to speak with a group of student leaders at DePaul University over this past weekend. I spoke with them about finding their “why” and what they should be doing/thinking at this phase in their life to do that. It is a message I have valued and personally held close forContinue reading “Y-Of-U”

Give…because you got it

I recently visited a friend’s church in Chicago, and during service they talked about tithing. Now if you go to church you are already side-eyeing this whole conversation – you know what I mean, but stick with me. If you don’t go to church/mosque/synagogue you may be inclined to stop reading as well – that’sContinue reading “Give…because you got it”

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”

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”

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,┬áhas 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”

12 Things Killer Students Do Before Five

This post was inspired by a recent article in the Money & Careers section of US News & World Report found here: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/08/08/12-things-killer-employees-do-before-noon. Here is my list of 12 Things Killer Students Do Before Five. I changed the time to 5, because come on – ain’t nobody got time for getting up early unless theyContinue reading “12 Things Killer Students Do Before Five”

Only Light Can Do That

As we move past yet another 9/11, I am reminded of the relevance of this quote in both my life and in my work. Much has changed since my last post. I have been blessed to have my family move up with me finally, we have found an amazing condo in Rogers Park in Chicago,Continue reading “Only Light Can Do That”

Strong Man, You Gotta Leave

In her famous song, Strong Man, The Rev. Shirley Caesar, a legendary African American Gospel singer, sings the following words: “There’s a strong man, in this house, with my spiritual eyes I can see, Just what this strong man, is doing to my whole family He’s got a grip on the feeble, and the spirituallyContinue reading “Strong Man, You Gotta Leave”

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”