Reminiscing 2020

I can’t believe that 2020 is finally coming to a close! This year has been the Takabisha Rollercoaster of years. Amongst the obvious reasons of COVID, the Presidential Election, and the continuing fight again racism, homophobia, etc. I went through a lot as well.  In January, I was on boarding a new supervisor after IContinue reading “Reminiscing 2020”

Co and Extra

In recent weeks I’ve been finding myself being asked to define “co-curricular” and “extra-curricular” activities as it relates to higher education and I want to unpack some of my thoughts on this.  Much of this comes from a context in which we are working to break down the plethora of silos and barriers on campusContinue reading “Co and Extra”

Happy #CSAM20!

Wow…it’s October already! Actually its the END of October already! I’ve been working remotely for 7 1/2 months and in my new position for 3 months and 1 week! But what would October be without the traditional shoutout to my friends, co-workers and colleagues: Happy Careers in Student Affairs Month! This year has been aContinue reading “Happy #CSAM20!”

LMX Theory and Me

As many of you know, leadership development is a thing I use frequently in my position at Michigan State and in my field and in many of my volunteer roles. So I sit in theories and models all the time. Over the last few months I’ve been on a journey of reflecting on my style,Continue reading “LMX Theory and Me”

A Letter to the UAB Students

Kadie, Brandon, Melissa, Emily, Sean, Kristin, Kennedy, Katie, Madison, Yiting, Loren, Ally C, Ally L, Dakota, Leah, Alyssa, Courtney, all of our great volunteers, Karlee and Margaret; With an unprecidented end to our wild journey together, a written thank you that can test the digital sands of time seemed the very least to do toContinue reading “A Letter to the UAB Students”

“I Am The Leader I’ve Been Waiting For”

“We Are The Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For” ~Grace Lee Boggs This is a quote that I am holding extremely close at this point in my journey. But before I go more into that, first, a little history to my connection with this phrase and Grace Lee Boggs. I had the opportunity to work atContinue reading ““I Am The Leader I’ve Been Waiting For””

Working in the Dark

I’m obsessed with the show Madam Secretary for so many reasons (but those reasons are another convo for another day). Now, to re-cooperate from the back to back events of the Kappa Sigma Grand Conclave and I-LEAD 2017 I’ve been couch surfing and bingeing on this show. The other night, however, I was settled comfortablyContinue reading “Working in the Dark”

I’m Someone’s “Little Girl”

Today is the first day back from a life changing experience. For the past week and a half I’ve been participating as a small group facilitator at ACUI’s (Association of College Unions International) I-LEAD program hosted this year in Manhattan, Kansas at Kansas State University. I’ll be writing blog posts for days about this experienceContinue reading “I’m Someone’s “Little Girl””

To Chick-fil-A or Not?

So Chick-fil-A has been in the news lately about their continuation of support for anti-LGBTQ groups. They have continued to make large donations to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Paul Anderson Youth Home. The anti-LGBTQ position of the infamous chicken restaurant originally came to public knowledge when almost five years agoContinue reading “To Chick-fil-A or Not?”

Code-Switching to Survive

  Have you ever heard of the term code-switching? It was originally utilized in linguistics for when an individual mixes or alternates between two languages in spoken or written word. Later, it expanded to sociolinguistics, referring to switching between dialects, terms, phrases etc. based on audience. Most recently it has been used in the behavioral sciences forContinue reading “Code-Switching to Survive”