GenX women in higher ed from around the globe

The Whys of Venus: Blogging as a Social Movement

In Mission on 2010/02/03 at 08:42

• Why Higher Education?
o Education is our passion and ultimately, we believe in the power of education to change people’s lives. Some of the most influential people in our lives have been our teachers and our students. Our teachers have inspired us to believe in ourselves, to dream big, to have passion, and to make a difference. Our current students and images of our future students inspire us to make a difference NOW, to change higher education for the better, to use our global networks to redefine education. While the current state of crisis in education most likely signals the end of an outdated system, we believe that it also offers hope for a new system.

• Why Women?
o Women are at the forefront of this shift. We are the students, the faculty, and the administration. I believe that we are more collaborative and solution-oriented than men. We are less likely to compete purely for the sake of competition. In our universities, we face a daily barrage of game-playing, power-grabbing, ladder-climbing, and an overall loss of perspective on why we are in higher education. I believe that we should never lose sight of learning, of students, of faculty. Too often, a wounded ego takes center stage in the decision-making process.

• Why GenX?
o Those of us born between 1964 and 1980 represent the next wave of leadership – not just in higher education but in all sectors. Tammy Erickson has a brilliant new book What’s Next GenX?. She calls upon us as the new heroes of the age. As a whole, we are the most educated generation in recent history. We are passionate, reactive, and action-oriented. We are the cultural and social critics of the time – the translators of languages, cultures, and identities. We rely on our “tribe” of friends and colleagues from down the street and across the globe. The blackberry/iphone is omnipresent in our lives and enables us to excel in our careers, marriages, parenting, and friendships. We bring the power of our tribes together as we become those heroes.

• Why a blog?
o We are the generation that created and launched social networking. We view Googling as a way of life and Wikipedia as a resource. We are on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We view blogging as a social movement and the University of Venus is our rallying point. We bring together people who feel passionately about education and who want to work together for change.

If you are a high school student thinking about college, a GenY undergrad terrified of your job prospects, a recent graduate struggling to make ends meet, a GenXer striving for balance while trying to inspire others, a Boomer who has had enough and wants change, or just someone who believes in the power of education – We need your passion and ideas to help us make change happen.

Looking back on your time in high school, undergrad, grad school, or reflecting on your current work in education, if you could change ONE THING about education – what would you change? Study hall, standardized tests, cafeterias, libraries, mentoring, advising, tenure, promotion, school mascot? ( As an aside – I went from St. John Jets to Linden Eagles to Michigan State Spartans to Northeastern Huskys – I started out as a fast airplane and ended up as a sled dog..)


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  1. highschool – If I could change one thing, I would change the advising – it was terrible. I was a girl so I was told to take interior design and family development rather than Algebra II/Trig – in fact, they forced this on me. This was after receiving straight A’s in algebra and geometry… So, I took Algebra II/Trig my senior year (also straight As) and never took Calculus! So, in this case it was my specific advisor but also the system of advising. I should have been coded college-prep and pre-seated into Algebra II/Trig.

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