Saint Mary’s students gathered in O’Laughlin auditorium Thursday to hear Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” deliver her keynote speech. Tatum, president of Spellman College, a traditionally black all-women’s college in Atlanta, specializes in racial education and has devoted her life to empowering women to live in intercultural solidarity with one another. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership committee has been preparing for Tatum’s first visit to Saint Mary’s College since February. Mana Derakhshani, associate director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership and a professor at Saint Mary’s College, said she was excited for Tatum’s visit to the College. “I think it’s important for our students as current and future leaders to see a role model,” Derakhshani said. “Having this fantastic role model helps us understand the complexities of cultural identities.” Derakhshani said there has been excitement on campus from those who are familiar with Tatum’s work. “We chose her because she exemplifies in many ways the larger themes of the conference,” Derakhshani said. “The conference is interdisciplinary, and explores the intersection of international, intercultural, and multicultural education as well as women’s studies and leadership development.” College President Dr. Carol Ann Mooney introduced Tatum before she delivered her speech. In her 45-minute speech, Tatum touched on the impact of race and racial development in the United States. Tatum discussed topics of identity affirmation, community building, and leadership cultivation among members of the global community. She emphasized the responsibility current and future women leaders have to act and serve as catalysts of interracial acceptance and respect. Saint Mary’s junior Alexandra Zellner said she was glad Tatum was able to visit the College. “I was looking forward to gaining a perspective and knowledge on how I can better my role as a woman of intercultural leadership,” Zellner said. “I really enjoyed her positive outlook and explanation of why some of society’s chaos and fear has erupted and how, as educated women, we all have the power and moral obligation to become builders to work in paving the road that will make for a better and more inclusive world.” For years, Tatum’s efforts of interracial collaboration and respect has empowered women to act as heroes, or as Tatum describes them, “SHEroes,” in their communities. Tatum ended her speech with an inspirational quote, articulating the essential role of women leaders. “This is our promise. We will not be the ones to break the chain,” Tatum said.
50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you’re a leader and you’re caught up in your daily routine, it can be difficult to remember to express your gratitude to your staff. You may think to yourself how appreciative you are of them, but unless you actually show them, they may not know you are thankful. Here are five easy ideas for making sure your team knows you’re appreciative of their many efforts.Give them time offThis may seem like an obvious idea, but many companies don’t actually provide their employees with enough paid time off. You don’t have to go overboard, but allowing your staff periodic days off to regroup and relax will speak volumes. Aside from giving monetary bonuses (which is often not in the company’s budget) this is usually the next best thing. Approach an employee that has been working especially hard or has recently achieved a goal and have them pick a day they’d like to have off. They will see you’ve noticed their job performance and will be grateful that they’re being recognized.Surprise them with small rewardsWho doesn’t love a tasty treat? Small actions like bringing donuts in the morning, taking employees to lunch, or even just keeping a stocked break room will demonstrate that you are thinking of them. Good food makes people happy and it can also be a catalyst for employee camaraderie as the team enjoys a treat together.Ask for feedbackThere’s something important to be said for asking your staff for their input, not only on your performance but on the efficiency of the office as a whole. When you approach them for feedback, they will know you value their opinions and feelings. Giving them a sounding board will show them that you trust them and hold them in high regard.Plan fun team activitiesThere are so many benefits to team building exercises, whether your office is large or small. It’s promotes collaboration, allows employees to have fun together, and encourages open communication. Plan fun activities that your staff can do together outside the office. Volunteer for a local charity, attempt an escape room, take a city Segway tour, or go to a local sporting event.Be specific with praiseIt is extremely important to congratulate your team on their successes, but it is even better to point out specific achievements of certain employees. This can be done during a team meeting or communicated directly to the employee. Even if they are proud of themselves for accomplishing a goal, receiving high praise from their superior is truly invaluable.
1) To change the position of director of operations, which served the entire town, to a secretarial position that serves only her, with an appointee who called for the position’s abolition when that person ran for town office in 2015.2) To add the additional position of bookkeeper to the supervisor, which would have increased town spending while exclusively serving her, even though the town already has a comptroller and three bookkeepers, while she ran for office claiming to be a financial and budget expert.3) To increase the salary of the deputy supervisor from $1,000 to more than $10,000, despite having stated in January her deputy would be a “volunteer,” since he’s already collecting a lucrative town pension.That’s it. Three proposals, all of which involve spending taxpayer money on partisan appointments meant to reward the people who helped get her elected. If blocking these expenses are “indications of not supporting the supervisor,” then bravo to our town board. Keep up the good work.Ginger LaChapelleNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect I read with interest the May 14 letter “Town, school need new tax attitude,” by retired school district administrator Brian Kreis. The piece contained the same old tired criticism that has been repeatedly proven untrue about the Niskayuna Town Board blocking the new supervisor’s attempts to reform town government. It even goes so far as to complain because one of the town board members pledged to maintain the quality of life in Niskayuna.I’m unsure of the former school administrator’s point. Is he advocating for a decreased quality of life in Niskayuna, or is he trying to lead Gazette readers to believe that the new supervisor is actually putting forward reform proposals that are being blocked?I’ve been present for, or watched on television, every town board meeting since January. I encourage Niskayuna taxpayers who haven’t had this opportunity to request the minutes of these minutes for their own information. To date, the supervisor has put forward only three proposals: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion