Curriculum Implementation Resources

I think that one of the ways to make curricular implementation successful is to spend a lot of time focusing on your own and your team’s learning. When we are talking about major change, when we are talking about focusing on learning and growth with our students in a structured and intentional way, we must … Continue reading Curriculum Implementation Resources

The Space Between Scholar and Practitioner

Today, I added the phrases "researcher" and "scholar-practitioner" to my social media profiles. I didn't do this because I actually believe that anyone actually reads the little blurb below my picture on Twitter, but, on the off-chance that they do...I should really be putting my best foot forward. In all honesty, the foot that I'm putting … Continue reading The Space Between Scholar and Practitioner

Moving Forward.

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.

Risk Without Reward

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

Racism, Anger, and Not Going Away Quietly.

I wrote this post in response to the events in Ferguson, MO in November. And now, we see another death of a man of color in the hands of law enforcement and another community expressing their pain and anger, feelings which, in some cases, have been expressed as more violence.

I still do not condone or advocate for violence. But I can understand how the response to a lifetime of physical and psychological violence is violent. If you look around and see that your life, your body, your community is not fully valued, is not protected or respected, what choice do you feel like you have but to fight back and attack that system?

Ashley N. Robinson

I’ve heard that there is no excuse for violence in Ferguson.

I’ve heard that America needs to get together and “solve these issues”.

Which we are supposed to do peacefully, politely, and nicely.

To solve an issue, you first must look it in the face. You must name it, and know it, and critically examine it before you are able to build the resolve to undertake its destruction. The current state of anger, rage, and upset that is spreading across our country is unsettling. It is upsetting and, in some cases, has become destructive. As emotion pours into the streets of our nation’s cities, it is worth noting that it does not come from a place of random, unassigned destructiveness and disregard for the social contract. It comes from  a place of deep pain, developed over decades of sustaining a social condition of pervasive inequality in our nation. The rage…

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Racism, Anger, and Not Going Away Quietly.

I've heard that there is no excuse for violence in Ferguson. I've heard that America needs to get together and "solve these issues". Which we are supposed to do peacefully, politely, and nicely. To solve an issue, you first must look it in the face. You must name it, and know it, and critically examine … Continue reading Racism, Anger, and Not Going Away Quietly.

There are some things I just can’t understand…

I am all about perspective-taking. I am all about meeting students where they're at. I am all about challenging my own assumptions. But sometimes, it's a struggle. And this past week was a real struggle. You might have heard that UConn is the basketball capital of the world. Last week, both our men's and women's … Continue reading There are some things I just can’t understand…

True Life: I’m a Sorority Woman

I'm spending this weekend traveling for my sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc.,  which is giving me pause to consider this aspect of my identity and experience. I am proud to be a member of this organization, and since joining in 2007, I have been given many opportunities to embody and espouse our ideals … Continue reading True Life: I’m a Sorority Woman

20 Things to Learn in Your 20s

I have recently noticed the sheer number of lists on the internet explaining the keys to success (or failure) for 20-somethings. So, for our RA training this week, I decided to present my take on this fad. Of course, I did so through the lenses of college student development theory. The fact that there are … Continue reading 20 Things to Learn in Your 20s