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When I speak about preventing sexual violence on college campuses, I often share brief definitions of different forms of sexual violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. Once I’ve given these brief definitions I then ask, “How many of you know someone who has experienced sexual violence?” Again and again, on campuses across the […]

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Last week at the ACPA Annual Convention, I was invited by the Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE) to share some history of the Commission’s coming into being 11 years ago. I was also invited to share some thoughts on the future of social justice education in higher education. I worked with several other good folks […]

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I recently had the opportunity to guest host an episode of Higher Ed Live on Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Social Justice. Joining me as guests were Paige Haber-Curran, co-author of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership; Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, editor of The Neuroscience of Learning and Development; and Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins […]

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I’ve been noticing a lot of critiques that seem to conflate ideas with the misuse of those ideas. Critique is valuable when it helps us explore, clarify, or unpack an idea and/or its application. Criticism that conflates ideas with their misuse are not only inaccurate but they also perpetuate the idea and its misuse as synonymous. This […]

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Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to guest host the Student Affairs Live edition of Higher Ed Live. Thanks to regular host Heather Shea Gasser for inviting me to host while she was out of the country. I invited four folks who I have and continue to learn from on this and many other topics […]

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I recently finished reading Brené Brown‘s latest, Rising Strong. I’m a huge fan of her work including her other two books Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. I also use her two TED Talks in my social justice education.  Rising Strong was another wonderful addition that filled me with great insights and suggestions to manage […]

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As more acts of injustice become apparent to us and more folks are doing social justice (I hope that is true), it is more important than ever that we talk deeply about not just the problem of oppression or even the goal of justice, but also focus on the process of what can be more […]

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Paul Brown asked some of us to submit photos of our first year as new professionals with some insights we gained from that experience. I think this was mostly a ruse to post embarassing photos of us. You can view this post on his page along with the others here. Thanks for asking to embarrass […]

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Thanks to Dustin Ramsdell for inviting Jody Jessup-Anger and I to discuss sexual violence prevention and response and the ACPA Presidential Task Force’s monograph Beyond Compliance. It was a great conversation. We got into some of the real challenges and opportunities in sexual violence prevention in higher education today. Access the podcast here.  

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I just dropped my five year-old daughter off at kindergarten today. Emotional moment for me as a parent. So proud of her but so aware of how vulnerable she is the world. As I was sitting and waiting for her to walk with her classmates to their classroom on their first day, I see a […]

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