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10 Ways to Build Your Personal Learning Network in Student Affairs

10 Ways to Build Your Personal Learning Network in Student Affairs

This is an excellent resource that I can’t recommend highly enough.


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Some Humble Reminders for Social Justice Educators

This is a really phenomenal reminder on meeting folks where they are, remembering what we bring to the table (and who invited us to dinner in the first place), and that table manners are learned – not inherent. I am ever-humbled in my work as a social justice educator and I am constantly aware that the more I learn, the more I am confident I don’t know.

The CSJE Blog

“Why are you interested in taking on this leadership role within our program?,” I asked the student sitting across the conference room table.

“I’m just so much further along the continuum than the other student leaders and participants and I feel that this is the next logical step,” he replied.

Confidently and naturally, he continued “I’ve grown up with social justice my whole life and had experiences way beyond most others that have shaped my understanding of the world.”

I internally cringed as he finished his response to this first interview question: “I am at a higher level than most of my peers and even staff. Considering how advanced I am in social justice, I see it as my responsibility to bring others below me to where I am and in my current role I feel that I am just above everyone and unable to do that.”

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for me : )

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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weighing the options

It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged – but the good news is that it’s mainly because I’ve been involved in a few other fantastic blogging projects!  I am proud to be one of the members of the #SAChat/Student Affairs Collaborative Blog Leadership Team for this year.  I post the Tuesday Tally (almost) every Tuesday morning, so if there’s anything you want to know, I’m always looking for suggestions.  In addition to the occasional post there, I gratefully accepted an opportunity to blog with the NASPA Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community on their blog – see my post here.  The project taking up a big piece of my time right now is a blog I’m not actually writing for!  Together with my Social Media Co-Coordinator for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE), I began the CSJE Tumblr blog.  It required (and continues to require) constant recruitment of contributors, editing, promotion, and management.  I’m so thrilled that it has been successful, but it has definitely been a bigger project than I anticipated. I’m grateful to be leaving my mark from behind the scenes on social justice education, though!

As I’ve written before, I’m in the process of a job search, primarily so that my husband and I can return to the Midwest to be closer to family and his professional network.  In many ways, this has been a very challenging search, but for different reasons than I expected.  More than ever before, I have presented my most authentic self in interviews; rather than be the version of me I think they most want to see, I am myself.

This may sound somewhat silly – especially since I know I’ve read advice about how important it is to be yourself in an interview.  I also know how much wanting/needing a job can skew that need to be authentic.  At some point, there is a decision to be made: get (well, pursue) the job at any cost or accept that it may not be a good fit.

You may remember, I am an idealist in every sense of the word.  At my core, I believe that things will work out and the world will somehow take me where I need to be.  Sometimes, reality smacks you in the face, though.  I want to believe there is a 100% perfect job for me.  Realistically, that job may not exist in the Midwest.  There may be something that is really great, but have something that is not a good fit.  The struggle then, is how do you prioritize what you will accept as “not perfect?”

How do you prioritize?

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