If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

For better or for worse adult education programming functions much like elementary and secondary education. States and local governments provide funding, accountability, and oversight. Politics at the national level set the stage for the scope and sequence of our work. They can outline performance metrics and indicators. They can determine future eligibility requirements and create … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

A Final Word About Moose & Muffins

As an anti-social programs and anti-welfare narrative, it exposes the heart of the issue, the heart of the error. People who benefit from social programs aren’t animals. Children with special needs aren’t moose. Women aren’t moose. Black people, Muslims, and undocumented immigrants aren’t moose. Syrians aren’t moose.

Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

I recently attended a workshop designed for service providers of refugee and immigrant support programs. It was created for staff to gain a better understanding of existing immigration policy and to learn preventative measures undocumented immigrants can take in light of recent changes and the risk of potential deportation. For Houston-based folk, here is a … Continue reading Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

This isn't going to come out right, but I'll try. Service has always been a part of my family. It wasn't something we talked about. It wasn't tokenized; it wasn't manufactured. It wasn't even referred to as service. (Saying it now makes me feel paternalistic). My father volunteered as a basketball coach when my brother … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

What is Enough?

It was an unusual staff meeting. They were scheduled quarterly, but this-- the morning after we heard the news-- seemed especially frivolous, especially insignificant. When he won the nomination I knew he would win the presidency. There's a pervasive "me first" culture I see and hear (and, regretfully, sometimes participate in when it suits me) … Continue reading What is Enough?

Day 7, Week 9: Don’t Walk Away

Dissatisfaction is a dangerous thing. It can foster resentment. It can breed contempt. Sometimes it's hard to know why we are dissatisfied, especially if we consider ourselves part of a larger community, one that may have had fewer opportunities to experience what we now critique. Sometimes we are dissatisfied with so many and so much … Continue reading Day 7, Week 9: Don’t Walk Away