Racism and Higher Education

Hello Everyone,

The below is the most recent Executive Director’s update from *AACRAO, as posted on August 16, 2017.  I am sharing it because I feel it is well said and on point.  Enjoy the read and recall the quote from Dr. Maya Angelou:  

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

*AACRAO – American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

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“The disturbing events in Charlottesville this past weekend have had a profound impact on many of us as we watched white supremist, anti-Semitic, and other racist groups march openly on the campus of the University of Virginia. While our awareness of these groups may have previously been limited, assuming they were largely confined to the dark corners of the internet, we now have no choice but to acknowledge that these groups are thriving and represent a significant threat to our core values.

One of the more troubling dimensions of the events in Charlottesville was that the participants appeared to be largely young, white men of traditional college age. A number were, in fact, identified as students at our universities. Any notion that those holding racists views in our country were confined to an aging population that would soon be replaced by a more tolerant and accepting younger generation were dashed by the blatant expression of hatred displayed by these young people.

It is clear that these groups espousing racist, white supremist, and anti-Semitic views see our campuses as fertile ground for their messages of intolerance. While the vast majority of us watched the events in Charlottesville with dismay, the organizers of the event and other hate groups seem to have been emboldened by the experience and have announced their intentions to hold marches and rallies at our colleges and universities in the coming months.

This cannot go unchallenged. We cannot be silent in the face of racist, xenophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic acts/statements. Our silence is not only complicit, it’s an endorsement. These groups confuse our commitment to free expression for acceptance of their beliefs. They see our lack of explicit condemnation as affirmation that their views deserve equal consideration. And when we do speak out against their appearances on our campuses they often turn the tables and accuse us of hypocrisy and intolerance.

Our campuses have historically served as powerful voices in confronting societal injustices. From the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizing Freedom Rides that highlighted racial injustice in the 1960s to students and staff in the 1980s compelling their institutions to withdraw their investments in companies that provided the financial underpinnings for the Apartheid regime in South Africa, colleges and universities have stood on the right “side” of social justice. To allow groups to use our campuses to foment hate stands in the face of everything we have achieved.

What can we do to confront these groups? First, speak out. Engage with members of your campus who are working to create welcoming and inclusive communities. Listen to the concerns of students and “actively promote the expansion of ideas, perspectives, and understanding that comes from a diverse and inclusive community” as described in our AACRAO Core Competency on Diversity and Inclusion.”

As Maya Angelou eloquently stated, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

Jim Bouse, President

Paul Kyle, Past President

Tina Faulkner, President Elect

Tiffany Robinson, Vice President for Access and Equity

Mike Reilly, Executive Director

Choose to Create Great Habits

I apologize but I cannot recall from whence I heard/read this statement, but it stayed with me.

“You make the choice to create great habits. Are your leadership habits today on par with your goals for tomorrow?”

#leadership #goals #choices #habits

P.S.  I need to apply this to working out.  I used to LOVE doing some form of a work out.  Will have to ponder my downward trajectory and attitude about the matter and make a decision to be more consistent.  Oy vay!  Meanwhile, I’ll celebrate having made the decision to consistently eat better a few years ago and staying with it.  Gotta celebrate the triumphs while working on improvements.

Character from the Inside Out

The below story is borrowed from Dr. John C. Maxwell.  Love it!

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A man took his young daughter to a carnival, and she immediately ran over to a booth and asked for cotton candy.  As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, “Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all that?”

“Don’t worry, Dad,” she answered, “I’m a lot bigger on the inside than on the outside.”

That’s what real character is – being bigger on the inside.

Adversity and Character

Dr. John C. Maxwell has shared that while crises do not necessarily make one’s character, they certainly have the ability to reveal one’s character.  Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths:  character or compromise.  When character is a choice, growth is the result, even if in choosing character, the consequences are negative.  The next time you have a decision to make which will have an impact on your role as a leader (within your household, group, school, organization, etc), make the most integritous choice, one that will strengthen your character.

#character #leadership

~Taken from The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader

Connect by Using Constructive Words

I read the devotional below in Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional and HAD to share.  It is so very on point!

Did you know that the words that come out of our mouths are like a tool? Sometimes they’re like a sledgehammer. We swing away without thinking and end up with a pile of relational rubble. Sometimes they’re like a saw, cutting people down. If we keep using these tools, inevitably our relationships are going to suffer.

One reason we aren’t constructive with our words is we don’t realize how powerful they are; yet, I bet you can still remember things people said to you in a thoughtless way as far back as grade school or college. That’s how powerful words are. They leave a lasting impact. So when it comes to your mouth, think of it as a power tool and be very careful with it.

Here’s how to build instead of destroying with your words —

Stop excusing — Stop saying, “I didn’t really mean to say that.” Realize that what you say impacts everyone around you.

Talk less — If it’s a power tool, you don’t have to use it as much. One of the reasons we get in trouble is we just talk too much sometimes.

Listen more — If I listen more, I can understand people’s needs.

Start building — Think first of all, “What do they need?” How can I use a word of encouragement to build them up? How can I use a word of challenge to make a difference in someone’s life? How can I use my words to build up the people I love the most?

Ephesians 4:29 (ASV):  “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.”

http://bible.com/12/eph.4.29.asv

#words

PRE-ORDER MY NEW BOOK! VERSATILITY

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may recall that I published a book of poetry via Kindle a couple of years ago. People asked if there will ever be a print version.  Well, this is it, with additional poems included. With that said, I am very excited to invite you to pre-order my new book, Versatility. This collection of poetry holds my most personal considerations and everyday thoughts. I hope it will inspire you to live differently.

I want to thank you for all of your support! I’m proud of this light I am offering to the world. Mid-summer 2017!

Pre-order link: https://www.drconnieshipman.com/