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


“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

The 90/10 Rule for Successful Organizations and Leadership

Noted this from a communication from the Raleigh,  NC Chamber of Commerce

The 90/10 Rule for successful organizations and I would dare say, leadership, is based on simple math — 90 percent of your attention should be on people development, with the remaining 10 percent devoted to the task.

Whether a for-profit, not-for-profit, corporation, school, church, or otherwise, let us NEVER forget that people matter.  Moreover, let us never forget to make sure they know that.  #peoplematter  #leadership  #success  #organizations

Leadership Personified

Another nugget from Dr. John C. Maxwell regards a few pointers that leaders personify.  To make yourself the kind of person who attracts others,

  1. Love life!  Why?, because people are drawn to those who genuinely enjoy life.  ‘Nuf said.
  2. Give people hope.  Why?, because hope is a gift and we all love to receive gifts. Seriously, leaders can be characterized as “dealers in hope.”  Bestow hope to others, and they will be grateful for their interaction with you.
  3. Put a “10” on every person’s head.  Why?, because it is always in a team’s best interests to know that their leader expects the best of them.  Whether they rise to the challenge is up to them, but as leaders, they must have a sure understanding that your expectation is excellence.  Dr. Maxwell says that expecting the best of others helps them think more highly of themselves, and at the same time, it also helps the leader.   I see this quite often with a wonderful lady named Rosie O’neal. She is a minister and in every interaction with her, she encourages.  As much as possible, she pours into people to help them reach their potential.  People far and near love her for it.
  4. Share yourself.  Why?, because people love REAL people.  People appreciate leaders who share of their victories as well as challenges, struggles, the good and the bad of their journeys.  Few people have reached a mountaintop without bruises.  Fewer people still are willing to follow and respect those who are too prideful to admit it.

#leaders  #character #realpeople

A Thought on Charisma

From “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader” by John C. Maxwell

How can you have charisma?  Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you. ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY

#charisma #leadership

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!


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.