|Attractive, aren't I?|
I know what you're thinking, "if he's abrasive and offensive, how does he manage to keep employed within the field of higher education?" That's a valid question, one that I'm sure any insightful student affairs professional would ask. To your question, I would respond, "I'm a human being with a fucking personality who happens to work in higher education, so chances are something about who I am or what I think is going to upset someone." Does this mean I'm going out of my way to come across as abrasive, or offend you? Unless you're a 'Trump for President' supporter, probably not.
|I'll still wave and say "Heil" though...|
I'm sure I just lost some readership after that joke. Which is perfectly fine, because chances are if you are a Trump supporter, you have an adverse reaction to people who make jokes about the candidate you're choosing to back, and I have so little tolerance for people who preach and support hate. In fact, while I may come across as abrasive and offensive, don't lose sight of the fact that I stand for just causes.
I identify as a feminist. I'm a proponent for diversity and inclusion, not just on college campuses, but extending beyond into the greater social and professional realm. I am an ally for the LGBTQIA community. I am a compassionate person who is eager to help those in need, whether they be a long time friend or student I met for the first time. I'm open-minded and always willing to learn how I can be more welcoming towards others. I'd like to think I use my abrasiveness and offensiveness for good, by being a stern, gruff voice for progress and advancement.
That being said, I am far from perfect. I am going to make mistakes in terms of language I use to identify other people. I'm going to misspeak when it comes to matters I know very little about. Although I will make mistakes, I will never set out to be intentionally, aggressively ignorant. While these errors may seem off-putting at first, know that I will also seek to rectify my errors and grow from them.
|Like an ugly gosling into a beautiful swan. Ugly ducklings grow into ducks, duh.|
Now that you have a sense of who I am, let me tell you a little bit about what I am. I'm a heterosexual Caucasian male. In the higher education field, I feel like this is almost equivalent to saying "hi, I'm the enemy." While I do sometimes feel like the enemy (a post for a later day), I am aware that my status comes with a great deal of privilege. However, knowing that I've been afforded a lot of privilege, I try to use it to help others who aren't extended those same privileges. I also know that while I may never be able to fully understand the struggles of those groups to which I do not belong to, I try to educate myself at every opportunity in an attempt to learn how to support those groups more effectively.
This is a more in-depth introduction to me, and by extension, this blog. Although I will be addressing trends in higher education and stories developing on college campuses, I will also have some "just for fun" posts that will examine life in general. Fear not, this will not be your typical student affairs professional blog, if such a thing even exists. I will probably incorporate scholarly references from time to time, but for the most part, this will be a casual, yet hopefully insightful examination of our field. As I have hopefully conveyed to you by now, I'm not your typical student affairs professional.