I am Authentic

By: Jared Sampson No one should ever be denied basic human rights because of the color of their skin, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other factor. As a southern, gay, black man; I know all about being prejudged based on not only the color of my skin, but also my sexual […]

Surviving and Thriving in the Wake of Oppression

By: Stacey Pearson-Wharton, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of speaking with students about the impact of implicit and hidden bias within all of us. Recently, students have begun questioning whether microaggressions aimed at them are, in fact, macroaggressions that are intentional, premeditated, or deliberate. Given the rash of […]

Diversity & Inclusion: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By: Suzette Walden Cole, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Have you noticed an uptick in the number of incidents on campus involving hate speech and bias incidents, including racism, transphobia, anti-immigrant, etc.? Has an incident happened on your campus? In your fraternity/sorority or other organization to which you belong? Has it happened to someone you know? Or have […]

Circles of Grace: Taking Diversity from Head to HEART

By: Justin Jones-Fosu, Speaker Have you ever wondered how one event can happen and yet so many people see it from so many different perspectives? I remember about three years ago I was perplexed by an event, and I saw people on social media taking a whole different perspective. I couldn’t accept the “let’s agree […]

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

By: Saul Flores, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month From our sandy shores to our brightly colored homes, our heritage is rooted in a diaspora of cultures that are spread across Latin America. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage month to encourage students to remember where they came from, where they are, and where they will […]

Four Tips For College Students For the Back to School Season

It’s that dreaded back to school season. We’re almost there—with the exception of you lovable overachievers going year round or on trimesters—the countdown to the fall semester officially has begun. Many students are probably wondering: How am I going to start off strong? How am I going to juggle classes along with my new relationship and […]

Legendary Leadership: 4 Ideas to Transform Your Leadership from Average to Awesome!

Legends are not born, they are made. To be clear, legendary leadership is not about creating legendary individuals, but rather legendary organizations, movements, and causes. True legends are remembered, not because they focused on themselves, but because they focused on something bigger than themselves. Applying these 4 Ideas will move your leadership from merely average […]

Building a legacy through leadership and service.

Service is an integral part of leadership. Not only do student leaders have the opportunity to inspire and guide their fellow students. They can also model the importance of serving our communities, and giving to those in need. Someone who modeled this for me was my mother. Here is a story about her: It was […]

The #1 most underrated leadership quality & why you need it!

When you think of a leader what do you initially think of? Do you think of a person that is a great delegator, a great communicator and an inspirer? Well one of the most underrated qualities of a great leader is humility. I am sorry that I said the bad “H” word, but it is true. While many leaders […]

5 Secrets of a Go-Getter Girl

  As we look forward to ushering in 2017, several goals and aspirations are in the rearview mirror. Some fulfilled dreams, some unfulfilled. Some exceeded goals, some not so much. Some incredible highs, some backbreaking lows. The go-getter girl in us reflects on the happenings of the past year, and she feels rejuvenated and incredibly […]

Elephants & Onions Interactive Workshop

It is no secret our differences still divide us. The award-winning curriculum of the Elephants and Onions Interactive Workshop has updated content to address your campus’ need for inclusivity. Students leave with a new level of self-awareness and perspective, benefiting your community and beyond. Credit // Author: CAMPUSPEAK Elephants & Onions motivates students to embrace diversity and peel […]

Being black in white spaces

Being black in predominantly white spaces can be complicated for African Americans at different ages and stages in life. The difficulty of the African American student’s college experience can be a particularly complicated time given the growth, learning, and change that are an embedded in this season of life. Specifically, research has shown that students […]

Why our storied past matters: The View From The Mountaintop

Like many young students in America, I learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in grade school. Every January, teacher’s lesson plans focused on the life of Dr. King and the ideology of nonviolence. Regardless of the subject, Dr. King’s legacy was integrated into the curriculum. In class, we examined video recordings, still-images, and readings. […]

A practical way to embrace EVERYDAY DIVERSITY

  What is the first thing you think of when you see or hear the word “Diversity?” If you are like most people that I speak to, you are thinking: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Culture, Socio-Economic Status and so on. While all these areas represent diversity, the simple and yet most profound definition of diversity […]

Hitting the core challenges of culturally-based greek organizations

I have been working with students for years and every semester there is something new they feel they need to get past me. I always love students’ reactions when I tell them that I, too, was in a fraternity and participating in the very things they try to keep secret. I specifically remember one conversation […]

Communicating diversity correctly

by T. Leon Williams 1) Manage emotions and know your biases and misconceptions One of the first steps in dealing with diversity issues is to understand how your emotions, biases and misconceptions interplay. This is an important first step because as emotions rise around the issue, the intervener/moderator/facilitator/student leader/campus community must have a pulse on […]

Elephants and Onions workshop

Motivating students to embrace diversity and peel back the layers of social justice. For many campus communities, diversity is the elephant in the room. As it continues to morph into something bigger, social justice, people need a safe environment to have discussions and learn how it impacts our communities. You might be looking for an […]

Diversity. Success. Health.

The first year of college is huge. Students start their independent lives in a totally new environment, with new people and new decisions to be made. We all could use a little guidance every now and then—and Elaine Penn strives to help guide students to a place that will benefit them the most in college. […]

Yeah… but

How often do you make excuses for your daily actions? Do you often look back on your actions or reactions and think “oops”? Whether it’s making personal decisions or ones within a group setting, it’s time to look at the moments that the little voice in our head says “yeah, but…” As we embark on […]

A fresh perspective on diversity: Finding the differences in social styles

What is the first thing you think of when you see or hear the word diversity? Most people I ask think about race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, socio-economic status and so on. While all these areas represent diversity, the simple and yet most profound definition of diversity is “difference.” I believe that most people only […]

Elephants and Onions: A Training That Goes Beyond Diversity

Each year, new students come to campuses from every walk of life, and your Student Life community must respond in a progressive and constructive way to every new student. As diversity morphs into something bigger—social justice—you might be struggling for a positive, proactive way to train those students and staff who work on the front […]