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…

Expanding Your Legacy

Every time I check my social media sites, I always reminded of the amazing stories and experiences of those I’m connected too. As I scroll through my feed, I am often left wishing that people would consider taking the time and risk to consolidate their posts and turn them into something that has further reach….

It’s Gen Z, Not Millennial

This week I hosted a webinar titled It’s Gen Z, Not Millennial: An Overview of the Current College Student for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators. My goal was to enhance others understanding about Generation Z, understand how the characteristics of their generation impacts their engagement within higher education institutions, and explore…

New Year, Same Me

Today marked the completion of my first Friday of the new school year as a new administrator, and instructor, at a new institution who welcomed its first freshman and sophomore class ever. Isn’t that a mouthful?! As an educator, the beginning of the school year is one of my favorite times because it marks the beginning of…

It is the Rain That Grows Flowers, Not Thunder

I often tell people it’s the small things that bring me the most joy because it’s absolutely true. Every once and a while I come across a little piece of joy when I find a quote that captures something I fundamentally believe but have never been able to put into words. Recently I ran across…

Why Not Fail at Something You Love?

How often do you consider all of the “what ifs” in life? Even though we’re told, and often believe, it’s never too late to achieve a goal or start something new in life, it seems as though the actual execution of this concept is rather difficult. In fact, I think we are most often hindered by being over-educated…