Game Your Brain – Control Your Biases

I have implicit biases, lots of them, and so do you! The absolute first thing we should recognize about implicit bias is that we all have it I have it you have it my mom’s got it everyone does. Every person with a functioning consciousness has implicit biases. They are part of the way that […]

Elephants & Onions: Peeling Back the Layers

For so many of us, diversity is often the Elephant in the room. We notice differences, we see differences, and we know that differences are there. However, our need to say the right thing and ensure that we are not offensive can create a fear in us that makes us not want to even talk […]

Doing the Work of Nuance

Nuance is “a subtle distinction or variation.”  Effective communication between people that are joined by a mutual endeavor can ensure progress in whatever group we are involved in—Greek groups, student government, the campus or community at large.  In order to have that effective communication, we have to do the work of nuance, or said another […]

Stop the Spread of Contempt

After you watch this short video, take a moment to review these reflection questions. Social change and creating inclusive spaces are dependent on each of us doing the personal work to show up more compassionately each and every day. Remember I’m in this process with you. Here are three questions for reflection as you pursue […]

We Absolutely Matter

Watch this important message from Sam Hyun about the AAPI Community and why the Absolutely Matter. 

Higher Education’s DEI Effort: Are colleges and universities performing structural changes or just being performative?

Recently, the country watched Nikole Hannah-Jones engage in a battle with UNC Chapel Hill’s board of trustees over approving tenure for a professorship she was recruited to fulfill. Hannah-Jones is an accomplished, award-winning journalist, whose accolades include a Pulitzer Prize. She completed an application, interviewed for the position, and was appropriately vetted by the department’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]