WEDNESDAY'S WORD 

May 20, 2020

"Ease on Down the Road"

 

Who knows what day it is?  Who knows how many weeks it’s been? The altered universe in which we now exist can have us scratching our heads like Ray Bolger’s Scarecrow character in the original Wizard of Oz.  When Judy Garland’s Dorothy wonders out loud “Which way do we go?”, the Scarecrow points one way, then another, then both ways! Kind of like how we feel right now about a lot of things.   Similarly, when Michael Jackson’s befuddled Scarecrow character in The Wiz is finally set free from his perch, Diana Ross’ Dorothy character suggests that they both go see the Wiz and together they decide to “ease on down the road.”  In these certainly uncertain times, we can all learn from these movie characters.

“Cause there may be times
When you think you lost your mind
And the steps you're takin'
Leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you're walking
Might be long sometimes
You just keep on steppin'
And you'll just be fine, yeah

Ease on down, ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down
Ease on down the road”

As our campuses slowly repopulate and plans for a very different fall semester are keeping so many of us quite busy, it might be wise if we all just “ease on down the road”. There remain so many unknowns including health and safety protocols, second spikes, antibody testing, contact tracing and other terms we have heretofore not experienced.  What will our campuses look like? Who will enroll? How much of our teaching will be online? Can we effectively socially distance? More questions than answers exist.

 

AABHE has very effectively responded since March as we rescheduled our annual conference and subsequently cancelled a proposed October gathering.  We have pushed our International Study Tour back one year and done the same with this summer’s Leadership Mentoring Institute.  But in an amazing pivot of “easing down the road” we began an online learning series that featured two very powerful and well attended webinars featuring Dr. Joseph Silver and Dr. Belle Whelan, respectively.  We will have more in the months to come and our Career Center is as active as ever.

 

So as Ross and Jackson sang in their memorable duet,

“Cause there may be times
When you think you lost your mind
And the steps you're takin'
Leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you're walking
Might be long sometimes
You just keep on steppin'
And you'll just be fine, yeah

Ease on down, ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down
Ease on down the road”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w15F4r09Pro

AABHE Notes

  • Coming soon: The next installment in the AABHE’s Online Education and Engagement Webinar Series here at https://aabhe.education

  • Again, regardless of what restrictions are lifted in your area, please remember that we are not out of the woods yet.  COVID-19 has ravaged the African American community at a significantly higher rate than other communities.  Protect yourself and be your own judge for when it’s safe to return to certain activities.  Please remember to stay safe.  The updated guidelines from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

“It’s all about the students”,


Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE

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