America is a broken and divided nation. Trump is a symptom of these conditions. Today I feel a great deal of fear and anger. I recognize that this is a result of the fear and anger of a great many Americans who feel dissatisfied because our economy and government have caused much anxiety over the … Continue reading Moving Forward.
This morning, as I was walking across campus, my mind was racing with the events of the past few days. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, now counted among the continued, senseless murders of black and brown people; the swirling anger and vitriol that encompasses our national landscape--the blaming and finger pointing; the … Continue reading Risk Without Reward
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but in times of challenge and controversy. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2016 NASPA conference has been planned to be held in Indianapolis, IN in March of next year. Today, the Governor of Indiana signed a … Continue reading Our Common Purpose is Inclusion. Change the Location of NASPA 2016.
Today, a violent man shot his girlfriend in an act of domestic violence, murdered two police officers, and took his own life. Today, and every day, racism and all forms of institutionalized oppression pervasively and negatively impact the lives of people across our nation, manifested in countless ways. Excessive use of police force and police … Continue reading Brooklyn, NY. 12.20.14
The University of Maine is apparently trying to ruin Christmas. I woke up this morning to an onslaught of Facebook vitriol from my fellow Black Bears following some questionable and sensationalized reporting from WABI news that the university was forbidding holiday decorations and had, in fact, taken all of the holiday decorations down after an … Continue reading Merry Christmas on Campus: A Real, Live Case Study
For the most part, I do not encounter active, conscious sexism on a regular basis. Most people will acquiesce that social equality is a pretty good idea. It's rare for me to encounter folks (especially in my age group) who voice or act on obvious and explicit sexist attitudes. But I still experience sexism all … Continue reading On Chivalry (or as I like to call it, Sexist Microaggressions)
At age 26, I have now officially lived half of my life pre-9/11 and half post-9/11. On this 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, I have been reflecting on how I experienced that day as a 13 year old. Sitting in second period Computer Science class, we had easy access to the internet, which … Continue reading America’s (and My) Post 9/11 Loss of Innocence
This week, I've been thinking that this situation at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign , with students tweeting racist and sexist comments about their Chancellor, was a real hot mess. But at least, I thought, it reminds us that racism and sexism are alive and well in this country. We can see this clearly when someone … Continue reading Oh, Racism…you are so pervasive.
By now, anyone who has read/seen/heard about the op-ed piece that high school senior Suzy Weiss wrote in the Wall Street Journal has probably decided that she is entitled and maybe the reason she didn't get into those Ivy League schools is that she's kind of a jerk. The op-ed, which is an open letter to … Continue reading What We Should Learn From Suzy Weiss and her Ridiculous Rant
Religion and higher education. We have a weird, frightened, tenuous relationship with religion at secular institutions of higher education. This topic has been floating around in my head for a while but has most recently been brought to the fore by this week's book club co-sponsored by @The_SA_Blog and @CronkNews. For the summer #SAChat book … Continue reading A Question of Faith