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A busy fall – and an inspiring video

Who knew that a sabbatical could be so busy?

In October I presented at CUPA-HR (Denver) and AASHE (Spokane) in back-to-back weeks. At each conference I got to meet many interesting people and reconnect with a number of colleagues.

I had the wonderful privilege of hearing and meeting Michael J. Sorrell, one of the featured speakers at CUPA-HR. Sorrell is president of Paul Quinn College, an HBCU in Dallas. He shared PQC’s singular goal: “To end poverty.” He discussed leadership, food deserts, student loan debt, textbook costs, and so much more.

Along with the rest of the audience, I found Sorrell’s presentation moving – beyond inspiring. And he was just as genuine when talking with me in person as when he was on the stage. Call me a fan.

I tried to pick out a favorite quote, but there are far too many to choose from; for example: “We believe small schools can do big things.” That’s my only spoiler.

Although video of his CUPA-HR presentation doesn’t appear to be available, I found a video of earlier presentation of his that covers some of the same themes and material from SXSW EDU 2018: https://youtu.be/snE6nBlwSxY (unfortunately most of the slides aren’t visible).

It’s worth watching. It’s worth an hour. It’s worth rewatching.

Please let me know what you think of his talk!