Have You Heard of Gen Z?

Have you heard of Generation Z? It would seem the media hasn’t either. As I browse through various news outlets there continues to be an overwhelming number of articles referencing millennial college students. Yes, there are plenty of millennial college students, but the mistake in the messaging is that it makes it sound like millennials…

10 Higher Education Questions I Can’t Help But Wonder About

As institutions of higher education cope with the global pandemic, I can’t help but think about the implications our rapid change will have on the future. There are only a few occasions in my lifetime that I recall institutions of our size making such strong pivots and in every instant, there were ripples that impacted…

Now Enrolling: The Runnels Learning Schedule

Like many of you, the Runnels household has made some adjustments to provide a sense of stability amid the crisis in the world around us. While there are many examples of daily schedules being implemented by parents to help their children remain academically engaged, I thought I would share our schedule as another option for…

A Life Worth Building

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to high school students participating in the SA Works Job Shadow Day organized by the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement at A&M-San Antonio. I thought I’d share a copy of my remarks with hopes that it may inspire you as well. Enjoy!

Educator of the Year

Last week I was awarded the Educator of the Year Award during the National Black Girl Excellence Awards presented by The Lifted Lifestyle. Their website states that “the Black Girl Excellence Awards is a national event that celebrates the important role that African-American Women play in every industry of our society and the invaluable impact…

Honoring First-Generation College Students

Last year the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), in partnership with NASPA’s Center for First-generation Student Success and the American Association of Colleges & Universities, celebrated the inaugural First-generation College Celebration, which invites institutions to celebrate the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff. The date, November 8th, was selected to honor the anniversary of…

We’ve All Been There

I recently watched Inc.‘s interview with Dwyane Wade about overcoming challenges and found his remarks reminded me why I love being an educator and that his experiences as a student are not all that different from those of a professional. During the interview he reflected on his transition from high school to college and the…

Advice for Doctoral Students

This weekend five years ago I walked across the stage at Lamar University surrounded by friends and family as I received my doctorate. I remember being terrified of tripping nervous about messing up my hooding, and reminded that while I was never made to feel different, I was becoming a statistic I could be proud…

Remembering Lessons of the Past

While shopping in the home decor store, At Home, today, I ran across some of my favorite self reflection journals and note pads created by Knock Knock. I love these products because they feel like an outward expression of my mind as they are snarky, insightful, and truthful. While there are many that I’ve purchased…