Category: About the Network

#SocialMediaSoWhite (Part 4)

Before you begin, if you are new to this series, please read the introduction blog here. For today’s blog, Ashlee Roberts, the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis weighs in on her experiences navigating social media:…

#SocialMediaSoWhite (Part 3)

Once again, I want to share my thoughts on this conversation and provide you what I have been chewing on as a White, Cisgender, Heterosexual Man.  If you are new to this blog, you can start with this here: I think what has hit…

#SocialMediaSoWhite (Part 2)

Dismantling Power and Privilege in Social Media Spaces In our first official post of our series (see introduction here), we’ve asked Rhett Burden to weigh in on this topic of Social Media spaces as a black professional. Rhett currently serves as an Assistant Director…

#SocialMediaSoWhite (Introduction)

Greetings!  As we explore this journey of Social Media and Digital Leadership, I was struck recently when I received an advertisement for a prominent Higher Education Social Media Conference.  There were 12 speakers at this online conference, and when I looked at the advertisement…

Being a Chick in Cyberspace

*A note from the author. I write this as a cisgender white woman. This post reflects some experiences and statistics of other female gender-identified users. I write this post in light of women’s history month, which in preparation got me thinking about the unique…

Tackling Fake News in Higher Education

  Fake News! Alternative Facts! These are phrases we are starting to hear each and every day. Now, more than ever, with the ease and access of using the internet, we are being bombarded with news and information that isn’t true. A recent survey…

Win-Win-Win: Conflict, Power, and Privilege (Part 2)

In our last blog, we discussed three different strategies for conflict resolution: Win-Win (We both win) Win-Lose (I win, and you lose) Lose-Lose (I lose, but I take you down with me) Feel free to read the article if you haven’t already.  Today, I…

Win-Win-Win: Strategies for Social Media Success – (Not really) – Part 1

Recently on social media, I have been very engaged in dialogues around social justice topics.  At the same time, I have been discussing online conflict privately with some individuals.  Something I’ve been chewing on… When we train on conflict resolution in face to face…

The President, the Press, & Protests

My first year at college I wanted to be a journalist. I was interested in covering the stories of my community, and shedding light on truth was important to me. Shortly after, however,  I took a Media & Communications class. I distinctly remember sitting in…

I Just Can’t Quit You

Cal Newport wrote an editorial for the New York Times in November (and even has a TEDTalk!) asking professionals to quit social media.  To quote Newport: “You should quit social media because it can hurt your career.”  Newport goes on to argue that social…