One of the students that I mentor graduated this past May and entered a graduate program this fall. We had a brief conversation about transitioning from an undergraduate student to a graduate student and embarking on the journey to become a student affairs professional. During our conversation, she mentioned her uncertainty, or fear I should say, of feeling like everyone would think she was a fake and not having any knowledge of what she would be doing.
Does Dialogue Make a Difference?
Over the last semester, and really the last year, in working so closely with our students around civic learning and democratic engagement I have developed a new appreciation for dialogue as not only a way to exchange ideas, but also a way to help heal communities. Whether a conversation started by registering a student to vote for the first time or having a conversation with an undocumented student on why they aren’t eligible to vote learning and understanding happens in many different forms. It’s for these reasons I am so grateful the commitment our campus has made to keep dialogue on the forefront of our university values.
The Perfect Fit – How did I get here?
Six months ago, I started a new adventure into full-time business ownership. The first two, I spent thoughtfully contemplating who I am, who I am not and what I want for this next stage in my career. For as confident as I was about the decision to leave my full-time position in higher education and career development, I was afraid of the change that needed to be made. So how did I get here?
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Regardless of your financial situation, we’ve all been there – you’re at a party or gathering, one conversation leads to another and then suddenly someone says something that essentially means “well it must be nice having a university income.” Annoying, right? Who are they to assume how much you make? And who is perpetuating this idea that everyone in higher education is making the same as engineering faculty at a research institution? And even if we did, everyone has a different life circumstance, so who knows what bills may plague you. Or maybe you are doing great. Point is, assumptions about income can be frustrating.
As the director of a research institute studying higher education’s role in democracy, I have been inundated on November 9 with emails, texts, and calls. Donald Trumps’ election as the 45th President of the United States shocked people on college campuses who are worried about his messages of exclusion, hate, and fear, his disregard for facts and truth, and an anti-intellectualism that may characterize his leadership and “base.” As I have written before, his messages are antithetical to goals of truth, equal opportunity, and inclusion central to higher education’s mission.
Where O’ Where Have the Millennials Gone? Emerging Shifts in Our Student Body
Trae Cotton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Winston-Salem State University, shares his thoughts about today’s college students and their propensity for activism and demands for social change.