The Speaker’s Voice

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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526 Words

This essay is 526 words long. It is 526 words because that is how many seconds are in eight minutes and forty-six seconds. Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is the time it took former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to murder Mr. George Floyd. As if...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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