#CollegeFreshmanAdvice (this was ACTUALLY a Trending Topic on Twitter a month ago)

  • Maintain a Budget
  • Keep a Record of Your Spending
  • Get Along with Roommates
  • Be Productive About Stress
  • Consider Greek Life
  • Find Cheap Textbooks
  • Always RENT Textbooks; Never OWN
  • Use Technology to Manage College Life Success
  • Less Is More When Packing For College
  • Fight the Freshman 15
  • Don’t Mix Alcohol with Social Media
  • Get Into an Internship
  • Attend Conventions
  • Date Co-Ed with the Richest Dad 
  • Do Homework
  • Avoid Early Classes As Much As Your Degree Allows

ROLAND MARTIN: Education And Affirmative Action

As a college graduate of the University of Florida and Columbia University, I am VERY pro-affirmative action. Without it, I would NOT have graduated CUM LAUDE from UF or be the YOUNGEST to graduate in my class at Columbia!!

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Roland Martin talks to Georgetown Professor  Cheryl Cashin about education and affirmative action. Her new book, ‘Race Not Place’ is out now.

“I’m very pro-affirmative action and trying to save it from assault. You can be the Valedictorian of your high school but get ignored by Universities,” Chasin said.

Click the link to hear the rest of the interview!

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We Can Affirm That Race Matter—But Much Less Than It Used To



Now that the Supreme Court has decided that citizens, as well as judiciaries, have the right to decide against Affirmative Action policies — the import of the decision in favor of Proposition 2 in Michigan — we are hearing the usual cries that benighted people are rolling back good people’s quest to “take race into account.” This time, as usual, it’s Affirmative Action in college admissions that is at stake, and specifically the kind based on race and gender.

But in the grand scheme of things what we are seeing is a preservation of what Affirmative Action was originally supposed to be about — acknowledging disadvantage. In 1970, it made a certain sense to treat being black as a disadvantage in itself. But today, the proper Affirmative Action should be about socioeconomics.

Most Americans would understand this if the way we discuss Affirmative Action weren’t so coded. A leading misimpression…

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#ThrowbackThursday: “Pursuits of Academia: ‘New’ and ‘Fresh'”

20130609-131211.jpg20130618-142112.jpg20130618-141943.jpg20130618-142545.jpgWhen I asked my students what their first impressions were of me as a college professor, I was met with a couple interesting reactions.  At first, most students were surprised to see how young I was and assumed that my thinking may also “new” and “fresh.”  Secondly, the female students seemed to be impressed with my wardrobe, commenting that they were surprised to have a “fashionable” professor “in high heels” instead of being an older, “fifty-ish” professor “wearing a suit and tie” or dressed down.

I think in some way, my appearance is an extension of my pedagogy because I love the class material to be fresh and relevant to me and my students.  One way I accomplished that was including a supplementary text from Peggy McIntosh that fit nicely with the issues of difference and conformity found in Richard Rodriguez’s essay “The Achievement of Desire.”  I also included current news articles from the campus newspaper to that supplementary material to offer a pragmatic application of McIntosh, Rodriguez and even Freire readings.

I tend to think outside the box a little more readily than most professors is because of my age and experience in academia.  I see such academicians as Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, President Barack H. Obama, and Tavis Smiley as my intellectual role models and I aspire to create work that straddles the line between academia and the real world because I exist in both worlds.

These figures seem to balance both arenas very easily without losing their integrity or poise and I challenge myself to follow their examples. Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and President Obama are academicians who are professors in their discipline at their perspective universities but are often asked to comment and participate in current events panels concerning issues of race, gender, vernacular, social and economic justice, music and the arts.  By being a part of such discussions as reader or viewer of such conversations, I feel that they create a window of their discipline to the general public to observe.  They can show how their work is relevant to society at large through their commentary.  I am also impressed by Dr. Dyson’s ability to “switch” between the vernacular of academia and that of the hip hop culture as eloquently as Shakespeare without misunderstandings in meaning.

Who are your role models? Why do you admire them? How does your life pattern this admiration?