Follow Friday

By Rachel Luna

#FollowFriday is one of my favorite social media traditions because I’m always looking for ways to learn new things.  As Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”  In this spirit, I look for accounts to ensure my Twitter timeline will keep me connected with the goings-on in the world, pique my interest, and enhance my awareness around issues of social justice.  For this #FF post, I’m sharing a trio of such accounts:

 

NPR’s Code Switch, @NPRCodeSwitch

Twitter Bio:

“We tweet about race, ethnicity and culture, how these things play out in our lives, and how all of that is shifting. We did @TodayIn1963. Hang with us.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

Fans of intersectionality will enjoy this account, which features a series of bloggers who tackle race, ethnicity, and culture.  On any given week, posts can touch on music, research, literature, language, etc., all through the lens of race and ethnicity.  I particularly appreciate the way they engage with their followers, often posing open-ended questions, retweeting responses, and inviting suggestions for future stories. One “don’t miss” project from these folks is the innovative, robust history project @Todayin1963, which simulated live-tweet coverage of that dynamic year in US history.

 

Teaching Tolerance, @Tolerance_org

Twitter Bio:

“Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center [@splcenter], Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

This account helps me remember that I am both an educator in my role as an #SAPro, and a student in my role as an engaged global citizen.  From their historical #OnThisDay tweets to suggested curricula for current events, Teaching Tolerance focuses on applied learning about diversity and inclusion. Although their materials are generally aimed at the K-12 classroom crowd, I find it a fun exercise to consider adapting and applying their resources to higher education and student affairs settings.

 

Race Forward, @RaceForward

Twitter Bio:

“We advance racial justice through research, media and practice. We publish @colorlines and present Facing Race. Formerly the Applied Research Center.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

This is a “challenge and support” account for me in that keeps me informed and also keeps me thinking.  In addition to providing useful news updates via their outlet @Colorlines (described as a “daily news site where race matters”), this account also hosts provocative Twitter chats like #LivesOfBlackMen and promotes social change initiatives like the “Drop the I-Word” campaign. These are also the people behind the Facing Race conference (described as “the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice”), which you can attend in person or lurk on the backchannel (#FacingRace14).

Your Turn

What accounts do you follow to stay up on current events, culture trends, and perspectives on social justice?  Share in the comments or tweet @RachelHLuna so others can follow, too!

 

Follow Friday

#FF: A Jersey Girl and a Jet Blue aficionado

By Valerie Heruska

For my #FF post, I want to give a fabulous shout out to two individuals who, over the past few months have survived my twitter and FB purges (I kid, I kid… but really). Actually these two individuals have been ligthing up my social media with their amazingness and so they are long overdue for a #FF. So, without further adieu, my #FF is dedicated to Courtney  O’Connell and Paul G. Brown.

 

I first met Courtney at the past ACPA Convention. She is an awesome person in real life and her tweets/FB posts/linkedIN posts are very useful for student affairs professionals. Courtney has the unique opportunity of working with Erik Qualman on some amazing things. I find her posts to be engaging and inspiring and yes, she’s had some “oh sh*t” moments, but haven’t we all? Be sure to watch her Pecha Kucha talk from ACPA… it’s awesome and she is a really great speaker!

 

Paul Brown has been hitting home runs with his recent blog posts. I love that Paul talks my reslife/LLC language and has some wonderful posts about the residential curriculum. His posts always lighten my mood, whether they are about his love affairs with jet blue, or his hilarious Tim Gunn memes/ emjoi post about #reslifethings. Paul brings a very insightful prospective into our student affairs world and I appreciate the knowledge he is constantly dropping in our community.

#FF: A Jersey Girl and a Jet Blue aficionado

Follow Friday: A Few Twitter Higher Ed. Shout Outs

By Kathryn Magura

Hello everyone! Before I get to my list for “Follow Friday,” I wanted to congratulate you on making it through another week. If you live in the U.S., why don’t you go ahead and take Monday off? Don’t say I never gave you anything. 😉

As I sat down to put this “Follow Friday” post together, I was initially stuck in trying to figure out who/what to post. Then, in a moment of sheer dumbstruck inspiration, I looked through my list of people I consider “friends” in a Tweetdeck feed, and was immediately inspired. I decided to shine the spotlight onto 3 people I consider friends who don’t usually seek out the spotlight for themselves:

  1. Kate McGartland: Kate is one of my favorite Canadians ever, and is quite proud of her Canadian roots. I first got to know Kate through our ACUHO-I experiences, but what started as a friendly acquaintance soon became a strong friendship. Kate can be found tweeting about everything from Canadian sports to higher education to pop culture. When I get caught up on my feed throughout the day, I typically find myself reflecting on a question Kate posted; one that will usually make me a better higher education professional.
  2. Erica Thompson: Erica is also another higher education all-star whom I have the pleasure of calling a friend in real life. Erica is a staunch advocate for social justice, and is also someone who champions other professionals. Erica is a talented photographer, runner, and can often be found posting about living a happier and healthier life. Furthermore, if you like big dogs, you will love how often Erica’s great dane Laney makes an appearance in her feed.
  3. Chris Stone-Sewalish: I actually met Chris about 8 years ago when he was interviewing on my campus for a graduate school position. Fast forward to the fall of 2013, and I’m at the ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference being asked to give a high-five to Chris from a mutual friend, Clare Cady. Always one to oblige a reasonable request, the following ensued:

Tweet from Kathryn Magura

Since that conference, Chris and I have gotten to bond over operational issues in on-campus housing. Chris makes me think and laugh, which is a welcome conversation. Furthermore, Chris and I are hoping to present together at the next ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference, which is fitting considering how we first really got to know each other.

If you don’t already follow these three on Twitter, what are you waiting for?

Follow Friday: A Few Twitter Higher Ed. Shout Outs

Follow Friday: SSAO’s on Twitter

By Josie Ahlquist

As part of our ongoing series of Follow Friday, I share four women who are in senior level administrator positions in student affairs that you should be following on Twitter.  I could have listed dozens of Deans and Senior Vice Presidents, but selected four with various styles, backgrounds and length of time since joining the twitter community.  Some of whom I haven’t even met before, but see their leadership clearly through how they use Twitter in their leadership roles.

Mamta Accapadi is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Rollins College.  I encourage you to follow her because she gets that twitter is a tool in her position and provides accessibility to students.  She shares news, inspiration and is intentional of joining, supporting and amplifying conversations by other tweets of interest by Re-Tweeting.  She also is living a blended life, sharing family pictures and is part of the student affairs Scandal TV fan base.

Gage Paine is the Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas Austin.  Just looking at her feed, you know she is a VP woven into campus life and truly cares about students.  She is also very active in NASPA, adding to the learning process for other professionals during conferences.  She adds a dose of humor, like when she tweeted about being starstruck when meeting George Takei.

Donna Lee is the Dean of Students at Agness College.  She is actually quite new to twitter, but I already see great things for this leader (and hoping this post will encourage her further).  Active in leadership with ACPA, she celebrates the student affairs community and finds connections to share quickly.  I was sold on her potential presence on twitter as her second-ever twitter post read, “I am in the rhythm and flow of an ever-changing life…”

Jayne Brownell is the new VPSA at Miami University.  I knew Jayne acts out her authenticity through twitter when I saw her promoting her previous AVP position with glowing endorsements.  She celebrates Miami university students at events, as well as ensures accurate information/news gets to them quickly such as a school closure.  You can also see her sharing personal life adventures, like going to Billy Joel concerts.

If I was to summarize the qualities of twitter use I see all of these women in leadership acting out would be:

  1. Sharing both personal and professional content
  2. Celebrating their campus communities
  3. Active NASPA or ACPA involvement and intentional content sharing at conferences
  4. Elements of humor and not taking themselves too seriously

I challenge you to think about your own twitter use and how it may or may not fall into these categories.  As you move into higher levels of leadership, incorporating twitter into your practices, what will your presence be like?  

There are various curated twitter lists out there, specifically that pull together upper level administrators in Student Affairs.  While extremely beneficial to quickly find upper administrators, I do give warning.

Do not assume just because a professional is at that level that they will be active nor will add to your personal learning network, at least in twitter form.  Before going and adding every Senior Vice President out there, go into their feed to explore the types of knowledge they are sharing and example they set using twitter on their campus and within the field.

I will also give you a heads up, don’t be surprised to see many listed that signed up for an account and are no longer active.  I call this a twitter graveyard.  Sure they may be active again one day, or maybe just when conference season comes back around.  But what message is that sending?  That SSAO’s only have to sign up for an account, not really use the tool properly or to its’ full potential, and still get tons of followers?  Or you could argue strength in numbers.

Either way, here are a few of those lists to explore.

Happy Follow Friday!

Follow Friday: SSAO’s on Twitter

Follow Friday: East Coast Edition

By Kathryn Magura

It’s my favorite day of the week, Friday! Not only does the culmination of busy week come to an end, it’s Follow Friday day on the blog! I love this blog series because it gives our blogging community an opportunity to highlight some people or places to follow (in a non creepy way, I promise).

I’m excited to present what I’m referring to as an East Coast Edition of the Follow Friday series, because I am choosing to highlight two women I admire who happen to reside on the east coast. And they say east and west coasts can’t get along!

  1. Cindy Kane: Cindy is the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I first “met” Cindy soon after I found the #sachat community on Twitter, and instantly knew that this smart and witty woman was incredibly kind and authentic. Cindy is known for adding wonderful insights into conversations, and is especially adept at discussing the intricacies of the Strengths Finder assessment. Cindy and I frequently commiserate about our shared Individualization strength, and how exhausting it can be. As a bonus, Cindy is the proud mother of the most hilarious red haired kid I know on Twitter: Little Red Said.
  2. Sue Caulfield: One of the things I love about social media is how you can get connected to people you may never meet otherwise, yet are grateful for the opportunity that brought you together. Sue is a recent connection, and someone who quite simply is a joy to know. Sue is caring, compassionate, and quick to advocate for her fellow introverts. Sue and I share a number of nerdy tendencies, which is something I really appreciate. Something that truly inspires me about Sue is her artistic talent. If you haven’t checked out the myriad “suedles” on her website, I would encourage you to look through them. Simply amazing and inspiring!

Check out these two outstanding women on Twitter!

Follow Friday: East Coast Edition

Follow Friday: Warsan Shire

By Anitra Cottledge

I stumbled across Warsan Shire on Tumblr (that’s the magic of Tumblr, right?). She’s a 24-year-old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor and educator who is based in London. Her début book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

On Tumblr, someone had reblogged a quote of hers:

It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful, I’m not alive for that. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.

That resonated with me instantly, particularly given the work I that do working with women students and the conversations I have about gender, beauty and body image. I ordered her book of poetry, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, and had that feeling of wanting to read everything she’s written. Her writing is powerful, so if you’re looking for something wonderful to read sometime soon, or just wanting to know more about a dynamic woman artist, follow Warsan Shire on Twitter.

Follow Friday: Warsan Shire

Follow Friday: @BostonOnBudget & @alexisgrant

by Jess Faulk

This week I wanted to share with you two women that I have recently found on the internet who I think are amazing.  They are not only smart and resourceful women, but they are committed to sharing what they know with everyone else in the world.  Their entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring and I am amazed by what they accomplished once they put their mind to it.

@alexisgrant describes herself as “entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, with a focus on careers and the workplace.”  I found her website when I was searching the web to help a friend try to figure out how much she should charge for her time as a freelance social media and newsletter editor.  It’s hard to know how much your time is worth and what the ‘right’ amount is to charge to make sure you are valued and still be reasonable.  As women, I think it is particularly hard for many of us to name our value, which is why so few of us ask for raises.  Alexis Grant’s site focuses on helping people live the life they want to live by giving career advice, and sharing an amazing amount of resources.   I was particularly impressed with her page on “Awesome Resources for Building a Business, Blog, or Brand

@BostonOnBudget was started by Kate in the summer of 2012 as a way to share with others cheap or free things to do around the city.  Her website is so extensive that it had everything from college discounts to what do do that is free this weekend.  She has clearly taken a hobby to the next level to help so many others.  If you live in or around Boston you should DEFINITELY follow Kate!

I hope you find these women as inspirational as I did!

 

Follow Friday: @BostonOnBudget & @alexisgrant

Follow Friday: Laura Lambeth

By Kathryn Magura

Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to have the first post in our new “Follow Friday” series. Through these posts, we hope to introduce you to  people on Twitter who inspire us, blogs that influence us, or things that we like that we think you may like too. 🙂

For the inaugural “Follow Friday” post, I would like to recognize someone I first met when she was a Student Affairs graduate student, but am fortunate to now be able to call my friend, Laura Lambeth.

Laura epitomizes an authentic Student Affairs professional in my mind. Laura is kind, funny, caring and sincere. When you read her tweets, you get the feeling that she is an impassioned learner who enjoys giving back to her community. I don’t remember how I first came to follow Laura back when she was a graduate student at Texas Tech (it probably had something to do with #TallPeopleProblems), but I remember being impressed that a young professional seemed so incredibly wise beyond her years.

After graduating, Laura took a position with the University of Washington Housing and Food Services, and I was excited to learn that she would be moving back to my corner of the country. Soon thereafter, I actually got to meet Laura in person (or IRL, as we say on the internet) and she was just as amazing in person as she is online (except for taller). Laura and I got to hang out at the NWACUHO this past February, and had the opportunity to truly get to know each other better. It was a wonderful experience to meet someone first via a social networking community, and then be able to meet them in person and be able to call them your friend.

If you want insights on working with college students, with a dab of wit and humor, I recommend following Laura Lambeth on Twitter.

Follow Friday: Laura Lambeth