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Reflecting on racism at UPenn: A call to action from the frontlines

Photo: Thomas Hawk via FlickrAs you might have heard, an interesting thing happened on November 8, 2016. America elected a businessman/reality TV star with no political experience to lead the nation. While we could dwell upon all of the layers and possible explanations for this outcome (gender, failure to speak to the working poor, trust issues, mobilization of white nationalists,...

5 words all student leaders need to hear

For college students, extracurricular activities are often a huge draw and, quite frankly, can be the highlight of each day. I mean, who wouldn’t take Black History Jeopardy or a step show over Chem lab? There are pre-professional organizations, cultural groups, Greek-letter orgs, performance arts, activist efforts, club and intramural sports, honor societies and more. And many schools...

#BlackLivesMatter and #BlackExcellence: B(l)ack to school with purpose

With the official start of another academic year here for college students, I am reminded of how the last couple of years began. I proudly serve as the director of the Black Cultural Center at a predominantly white institution, supporting student organizations and activities while also helping students navigate campus and craft individualized success plans to meet their varying...