Are You Meeting the Pain or the Promise

Are You Meeting the Pain or the Promise

So often we find ourselves complaining about the quality of relationships we have. We want to have top notch friendships, intimacy and family time, but are we willing to put in the time to be prepared for the promise from ourselves and others? A number of years ago I had a major operation. I was given a morphine pump and told by the attending nurse not to let the...
A Year After The 2020 Summer of Black Lives Matter

A Year After The 2020 Summer of Black Lives Matter

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston It has been nearly one year since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and others resulted in a global protest movement gripping the collective consciousness of the nation and the world. Over the past year, Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate has received over 2,800 accounts of Anti-Asian violence in...
I Quit!

I Quit!

“Letting go has nothing to do with “quitting.” Ask yourself, “Am I sticking it out, or am I staying stuck.” You know yourself best. —Alex Elle Your gift will make you quit. Did I sink your boat? Did I rock your world? Did I at least make you think twice? You have heard the words “Keep going, “Keep fighting, “Ride it out till the end.” Heck, even the great...
6 Lessons I Learned From Being a First-Generation College Student

6 Lessons I Learned From Being a First-Generation College Student

Being a first-generation college student isn’t easy. From navigating campus life to meeting your own — and your family’s — expectations, there’s a lot to be aware of when embarking on the college journey for the first time. I currently work with students of diverse backgrounds to help them feel confident and empowered; because we all deserve to feel excited about our college experience, especially if you’re the first...
Creating Conversations That Matter

Creating Conversations That Matter

The wildly successful app Among Us asks players to find the impostor in the group. In this case, art imitates life. Studies show at least 70% of people will feel like an imposter at some point in their life. Those who feel like impostors are more likely to experience anxiety, stress, self-doubt, or depression, all of which can negatively impact their work or personal relationships. So, in a time...
JUMPING ALL IN

JUMPING ALL IN

A lot has happened in this past year alone. From the current government, racial tension,  the pandemic, and much more, it was not easy to be inspired to move ahead. I am here to tell you, in the midst of adversity, we can and we must keep marching on. It is time to become Uplifted more than ever. I know for me, college was one of the most exciting...
4 Simple Mistakes Smart Leaders Avoid

4 Simple Mistakes Smart Leaders Avoid

How are you doing on your goals for this new year? People say that most don’t make it past January 14 when they give up on the resolutions. Have you already given up on your goals before you stepped back on campus or logged in to a virtual classroom? I took a long time making my plan for this new year. I spent an entire day alone making plans....
Voices of African Americans: The One Thing White People Can Do To Be More Inclusive

Voices of African Americans: The One Thing White People Can Do To Be More Inclusive

In early June, I launched an ambitious podcast, Being the Dot. The goal of Being the Dot was to discuss the challenges African-Americans face who work, play, and pray in White spaces. My hope has been to provide tools that help Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) manage and mitigate race-based stress, in addition to developing strategies to not just survive, but thrive in hyper-White environments. The timing of...
Hidden Figures of Black History

Hidden Figures of Black History

As I mentioned in the video, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Black History, which of course is a part of our American history. As you think about the rest of the year, how does Black History fit in? When answering this question, the understanding of intersectionality is a great place to start. Oxford dictionary defines intersectionality as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class,...
Refocus with Purpose in 2021

Refocus with Purpose in 2021

It’s a new year. While 2020 was not the year any of us were expecting, a new year always provides us a great opportunity to reflect on the year’s past and plan ahead for what’s to come. As leaders, it is important for us to take this valuable time to reflect and use it to inform how we refocus to be more purposeful in our actions, goals, and aspirations....
When I Found My Spark

When I Found My Spark

At a tender age of 22, I was trapped in darkness after the loss of my right dominant arm due to a horrific car accident. This life-changing event uprooted everything I once knew. Many days I didn’t see a way out of burying myself under the pain. I lost my sense of purpose for living and found it excruciatingly difficult to express the raging emotions weighing me down. At...
Reset, Restart, Reconnect

Reset, Restart, Reconnect

By: Kinja Dixon On December 14th, 2020, my 42nd birthday, so many thoughts filled with gratitude ran through my mind. As I sat in solitude on the beach in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico looking at the endless waves in the Pacific Ocean, I reflected in a way that I never have before. There I was with not one worry in the world, while millions of people were suffering in ways...
Top 10 Ways to Be a Rockstar This Semester

Top 10 Ways to Be a Rockstar This Semester

By: Linnita Hosten With the new year comes a new semester. That means new classes, new professors, and of course, a new workload. To be successful, you’ll need to develop new habits in the months ahead. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Top 10 Ways to Be a Rockstar This Semester: 1. Be kind to yourself! Have you ever heard the saying that you can’t pour from an...
What If This Is The New Normal

What If This Is The New Normal

By: Dan Faill After over six months of some sort of quarantine, lockdown, safer-at-home orders and general state of being in a pandemic, you would think I’d be used to it by now… but I’m still not sleeping well, I’m busy but don’t feel like I’ve been productive, and I’ve still not written a book or learned a new language. And you know what? I’m ok with that. I...
Creating Engaging Virtual Meetings

Creating Engaging Virtual Meetings

By: Austin Arias It is safe to say, we are starting the semester in a reality we were not expecting. Our new virtual reality has tested us to rethink the way we do everything – our classes, our organizations, our access to services and offices on our campus and so much more. You are feeling overwhelmed and that’s perfectly okay.  So, let’s talk about one part of the equation...
Change Sucks, But Here We Are…

Change Sucks, But Here We Are…

By: Dan Faill Often times when people think of change it’s this monumental shifts or moments that will forever impact the way we think, act or live. I think it’s safe to say that COVID-19 has made us change a lot of how we view life, how we work, and how we interact with others. But the reality is: change is always happening, everywhere around us. Think about your...
The Remote Leader Mindset

The Remote Leader Mindset

By: Chris Butsch As a leader, trying to keep your members engaged while remote is hard. Here are just some of the reasons why: Engagement automatically drops when everyone’s not in the same room Zoom isn’t perfect Everyone’s distracted There’s little validation in it for you I’ve been a leader since college and I honestly can’t think of a tougher time than right now to try to keep a...
Primary Prevention Tips in Times of COVID-19

Primary Prevention Tips in Times of COVID-19

By: Tim Mousseau When COVID-19 hit near the start of April, right at the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I found most of my conversations with campus partners centered around the resounding question, “What now?” For many of us, there seemed to be this hope that the fall would offer a return to past plans with the adoption of some shiny, new virtual tools that made life easier....
Being the Dot: Thriving in White Spaces during “The Revolution”

Being the Dot: Thriving in White Spaces during “The Revolution”

The last few weeks have been some of the most complicated of my Black life.  In just a two-week period, we had a front-row seat to two murders and one situation that had the potential to escalate to another one (Central Park-Amy Cooper birdwatcher incident).   As I was watching these things unfold, I never imagined that a new passion project of mine “Being the Dot in White Spaces Podcast”...
What You CAN DO

What You CAN DO

As a black woman AND an empath, I’ve found myself speechless and heavy-hearted lately. The tragic killings of George Flyod, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more- has compounded a complexity of feelings toward year 2020. If you’re like me, maybe you too are a bit overwhelmed yet hungry for change. If this is in fact you, I urge you to be okay with taking a moment to...
What’s Your Intention? Showing Up for Black Lives

What’s Your Intention? Showing Up for Black Lives

As news about George Floyd’s death spread on Tuesday, May 26, it appeared to grip folks in the White community more than any other story—and there are too many—of its kind. There are so many who are waking up to a reality that has been known and felt by our Black brothers, sisters, and siblings for centuries. Systemic racism in the United States was planted firmly in the foundation...
Free, at Last?

Free, at Last?

One of my favorite lines from the classic film Apollo 13 is “Houston, we have a problem.” Well, the sad truth facing society today is like that iconic line: “America, we have a problem.” Unlike, Apollo 13, life is unscripted…but the transgressions of our past are etched in stone. Personally, while I, myself, have never been physically enslaved, I am only three generations removed from that cruel institution that...
Don’t Just Sit There: Do Something

Don’t Just Sit There: Do Something

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it won’t destroy you. – James Baldwin When therapists refer to “anger,” we call it a blanket emotion, meaning, if you lift up the blanket on the 400-year history of American and its racist...
Black Lives Matter, Matters!

Black Lives Matter, Matters!

I was six, nearly seven, years old growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, activist, and social critic James Baldwin died in December of 1987. It would be nearly 30 years before I first discovered his powerful works through a film boldly entitled, “I Am Not Your Negro.” As a Black man navigating this tumultuous world; I truly wish I’d known of Baldwin’s works long...
Will You Stand?

Will You Stand?

This is my voice, my truths. Not in a complaining fashion, but in an answering the question fashion. The question that I have heard more than once is how can I support a person of color. What can I do to support you and the Black Lives Matter movement? Well here is my response: Learn more about Sara and her programs visit...
Our Reality: Young and Black in America

Our Reality: Young and Black in America

We are black. Our father is white and gay. He adopted us from foster care 20 years ago. No one else was willing to take an African-American sibling group of four. Although we were raised in a diverse neighborhood and attended equally diverse public schools, our father’s white privilege couldn’t shield us from systemic racism. One Saturday afternoon as teenagers, three white undercover police officers accused our father of...
Embracing Unnatural Things

Embracing Unnatural Things

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has rocked our nation. The reactions of peace loving individuals all over the country have led to protests at a level not seen in at least a generation. Natural feelings abound: outrage, anger, hopelessness, and fear. However, for progress, we must work at doing things that sometimes are unnatural to many: taking chances to listen, recognize and validate differences, and striving...

Redefining Recruitment Part 3: Questions That Need Answers

By: Dan Fail There are no finite answers as it relates to the future of recruitment. I don’t have any answers, and I do this for a living. However if there’s anything we’ve realized over the last couple of months it is the resiliency of the human spirit and need for human connections. Enter fraternities and sororities. The fraternity and sorority experience is one of the few that provides...

Redefining Recruitment Part 2: The Target Market

By: Dan Fail There are no finite answers as it relates to the future of recruitment. I don’t have any answers, and I do this for a living. However if there’s anything we’ve realized over the last couple of months it is the resiliency of the human spirit and need for human connections. Enter fraternities and sororities. The fraternity and sorority experience is one of the few that provides...

Redefining Recruitment Part 1: The COVID Conundrum

By: Dan Fail There are no finite answers as it relates to the future of recruitment. I don’t have any answers, and I do this for a living. However if there’s anything we’ve realized over the last couple of months it is the resiliency of the human spirit and need for human connections. Enter fraternities and sororities. The fraternity and sorority experience is one of the few that provides...

University of Iowa PITCH 2020 Press Release

We are excited to announce the winner of the 2020 CAMPUSPEAK PITCH competition for students. PITCH is a “Shark Tank” style competition for students to win up to $15,000 of CAMPUSPEAK educational resources in the form of speakers, interactive workshops, customized programs, consulting services, assessment support, online education, and educational promotion campaign to address a specific issue in their campus community. CAMPUSPEAK would like to thank all of the...

Stumble Doesn’t Mean Stop

Edward G Young, III When my parents first got married, they had this grand dream to have four boys. After having two daughters, they were happy to simply have two vibrant, healthy children. Their dream of having at least one son; however, hadn’t been abandoned. They quickly conceived child number three, but the result of that pregnancy was not as storybook as the previous two. My mother suffered a...

Maintaining Student Mental Health During COVID-19

By: Chris Butsch Even before the pandemic, more than two-thirds of American college students reported symptoms of mental illness, such as pervasive loneliness and stress (American College Health Association). Shockingly, being separated from your friends and fiddling with Zoom all day isn’t helping. Since we’re not sure when campus life will return to normal, let’s talk about how the quarantine might be affecting your mental health and cover simple,...

Do the Right Thing-Ethically

By Joe Richardson, Esq. The definition of ethics is “a set of moral principles,” or a “theory of system of moral values.” Ethics, fundamentally, is about what is right, which surpasses what is legal. My favorite statement from a Spike Lee movie classic is when The Mayor, played to Ossie Davis, is talking to main character Mookie (played by Lee), who is in the middle of delivering pizzas. The...

On Being a Student Leader During COVID-19

By: Chris Butsch Meetings are canceled. Everyone’s taking classes online. No one’s quite sure when things will be back to normal. As a leader, how can you keep your members connected and engaged during a crazy time like this? Here are three tips for exercising strong student leadership and keeping your members engaged during COVID-19. 1) Provide a way to stay connected Your members joined your organization to, above...

You’ve Been Brainwashed!

By Dr. Brian C. Johnson I’ve been teaching film appreciation courses in colleges for nearly twenty years. No questions have posed more laughs and discussion than these four questions I begin each semester with these questions: What is the BEST movie of all time? What is your FAVORITE movie of all time? What is the WORST movie of all time? What is your GUILTY PLEASURE movie? [Guilty pleasure is...

Shame is One Hell of an Emotion

By: Dr. Adi Jaffe Shame is one hell of an emotion — the sinking feeling in your stomach, nausea, the shortness of breath. If you’ve ever felt shame, you’ve also probably felt like running to the nearest closet and locking yourself in there forever and ever. Bottom line, shame sucks. How people deal with shame varies, but some common ways include shaming others, lying about your feelings, isolating yourself,...

Education Equity Matters!

By: Samantha Ramirez-Herrera   When I was 16 years old I watched as my friends were encouraged and pushed by their parents to take the SAT’s, go to the college fairs, meet with their mentors, tour campuses, apply for FAFSA, pick their schools, get picked by schools, buy hoodies with their new campus logo, buy decorations for their dorms, drive off to fulfill their dreams, develop their skills, tap...

Disrupting Complicity

By: Tara Fuller Complicity (noun): involvement with others in a crime or in another activity that is wrong.* I often reflect on the concept of complicity as it relates to social justice and equity because I believe I can be doing more with the privilege I have and want to inspire others to do more as well. I know I am faced with my own complicity when my hope...

Assessing Your Recruitment Strategy

By: Austin Arias The spring semester is well underway. Recruitment has either just wrapped up or you are beginning to see the retention of your potential new members through new member education periods of your chapters. While a nice break and breather between recruitment cycles is well deserved, there is great opportunity now for your community to begin thinking about ways to improve for recruitments ahead. This is a...