Category: Inclusive Excellence

Diversity in the Presidency: LGBTQ

Higher education leadership is in the news a lot lately, including for pay schedules, for commencement remarks, and for much more. The road to such leadership can be a complex one, inflected both by one’s ideals, one’s educational background and one’s identity characteristics. Women, for example, continue to be underrepresented in presidencies and chancellorships, enough... Read more »

Indiana Wants Me (or Not)

Recently, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed a controversial law (the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act) into effect. Unlike any other such laws in states or at the federal level, the new Indiana law quite directly and specifically allows discrimination against LGBTQ persons (and possibly others, such as unwed mothers, or. . . ) on... Read more »

Social Reading for Black History Month

Many of us engage in social reading — in the old fashioned sense of reading groups or, for those of us who teach or are students, in classes. Perhaps more distantly, many of us do so because we read material that is not truly single authored — look at all those footnotes and the acknowledgements,... Read more »

Ferguson, Racism and Higher Education

At one point, I had never heard of Ferguson. I do not quite remember that reality. In the same way that Selma and other places have become iconic in the American imaginary, Ferguson has come to carry an enormous amount of symbolic weight. Of course, there are more than symbolic issues at stake here. There... Read more »

Huffington Post and Higher Education

As readers may know, I also on occasion blog at the Huffington Post. So do a variety of folks from across higher education, in the effort to elevate the discussion of our “Sector.’ Or, in the effort to be public intellectuals. Perhaps even, presidents do it to keep their hand in in the realm of... Read more »

I Do Not Miss Miss But I do Miss. . .

In my youth, the word MISS was regularly attached to my name. I had no idea what it meant, and I had no critique of it. It just was a kind of magical prefix. Later, I learned that it meant a variety of things. It meant I was . . . gasp. . . unmarried.... Read more »

National Student Athletes Day

April 4 is. . . National Student Athletes Day. In many ways, the day reminds us to acknowledge that the notion of student athlete is not an oxymoron. It is — when truly practiced at the levels of individuals, teams, institutions, and nations — a way to challenge oppositions of brains and brawn, of mind... Read more »

Buzz Words and Beyond

Buzz words — not words about bees (though there is plenty of noise about bees these days in higher education and beyond) — but words and phrases that get reiterated often enough that when one hears them one of two things happens: a kind of droning, buzzing sound occurs such that the word ¬†disappears and... Read more »

AIDS Awareness Month Matters

December 1 is AIDS Awareness Day — and the month of December also marks AIDS awareness. More than thirty years ago, there were early identifications of unusual cancers and pneumonias among gay men in Los Angeles and New York. At the time, I lived in Chicago. And, at the time, none of us quite knew... Read more »

American Indian Heritage Month

Federal celebratory months abound. Each seems, in my view, to focus on a ‘minority’ — and I use the scare quotation marks intentionally, given the complex politics and realities of the use of this term. This month, November, is the one that honors Native Americans/American Indians as well as those of Alaska native heritage. In... Read more »
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    Shimerprez is the 14th president of Shimer College at 35th and State. She also blogs at the Huffington Post and at a Shimer Blog called Evocations which can be found on line at She is a University of Chicago Ph.D. who works on religion, the social sciences, gender and sexuality. She reads murder mysteries, is fascinated by the world of food, and also loves the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

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