In this installment of "Diverse Conversations," I sat down with Dr. Marcus Chanay, Vice President of the Division of Student Life at Jackson State University and an expert in the area of student life, having spent a decade helping to shape and mold his department.
Finally, Tennessee State University (TSU) has new leadership. Her name is Glenda Glover and she is an alumna of the institution.
Miracles do happen. They happen when people are given a challenge, and when we use our creativity and people to stretch beyond the norm and create a new normal. Miracles can happen in under-resourced universities when faith overrides fear.
Given the amount of time and money invested in presidential searches, and the cost of failure, I'm convinced that the time is ripe for executive search professionals to reexamine how they approach their work and to make adjustments as warranted.
2012 was an extraordinary year of successes and challenges for HBCU culture, and this list, while not comprehensive, gives an inside look at the gains made by historically black colleges, and the people behind them.
HBCUs must embrace diversity if they want to remain relevant and responsive in a contemporary society. Diversity is a value and a virtue to be sure; but it is also a necessity.
When I was a child in grade school, whenever a teacher asked us who Abraham Lincoln was and what he did, in unison we would all delightfully answer, "he freed the slaves." Yet it would be many years before I was able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what that entailed.
While every election day has it's share of robust talk from both sides of the aisle, something rather interesting kept coming from Romney supporters on Twitter this time around.
While the 105 HBCUs represent just 3 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. HBCUs present an opportunity to shape how we close achievement gaps even before they begin.
Berating the resentful among the white working class for their bigotry would, without question, lead any of them who were listening to stop, and to dismiss the speaker as someone who just doesn't get them.
I still entertain dreams of moving my wife to Brooklyn Heights on a quest for the Cosby dream -- kids, a brownstone, and community engagement. The Cosby's taught us so much without being a public service announcement.
Teaching students about giving and why fundraising is important to the success of a university have become the norm -- but talking to students about philanthropy has not been the norm at most HBCUs.However, this situation is changing.
From my perspective, HBCUs, having limited financial resources but robust human resources, should fully capitalize on social media in all ways possible.
I shall never forget my academic advisor, Mrs. Gladys McKindra Smith. On a July day, in an auditorium that was about 100 degrees, she said, "Mr. Nelms, your scores are sort of low, but if you follow this schedule, you'll be alright."
Having a racially diverse group of HBCU alumni helps to communicate the merits of these institutions to a larger and more diverse audience. Telling the HBCU story on a wider scale can be nothing but beneficial.
I emancipated out of the foster care system shortly after I graduated high school, a feat only 46% of foster youth experience. I am a part of 10% of foster youth that continued to college and I will soon graduate to the 1% that will actually obtain a baccalaureate degree.