July 17, 2019

Greetings AABHE,

“When someone shows you who they are,
believe them.”


Over the last few days, people have become seemingly outraged by racist and xenophobic tweets from an individual who has consistently demonstrated that they are both racist and xenophobic (and a host of other negative attitudes).  Why the outrage, why the alarm now?  As the late Dennis Green, former NFL coach angrily proclaimed in an oft referenced post game news conference where his team had just blown a sizable lead, "They are who we thought they were!  And we let 'em off the hook!"  By that token, we should never accept bad behavior from those elected to lead.  


People have a curious habit of showing you who they are.  I would suggest that you believe them.  If they consistently show themselves to be trustworthy, friendly, loyal, or any other positive attribute, then that is who they probably are.  Conversely if they continually exhibit abhorrent, ugly, shallow or any other negative behavior, then you have enough information to avoid such vexations.  Of course there are those skilled "actors" who can pretend to be one way but turn out to be something entirely different. They too, will eventually show you who they are.


AABHE is striving to be the premier organization for blacks in higher education.  We have tried to show you who we are by our consistent good performance and solid programming:  from our Leadership & Mentoring Institute to our International Study Tour; from our amazing annual conferences to our incredible networking opportunities; from our career center to our external partnerships; and so much more.  We are showing you who we are and we thank you for becoming a vital part of who we are, as well.  


Continue this journey with us and help us to achieve the greatness that is our purpose.  We are who they thought we were, and "we aint lettin' nobody off the hook!"

AABHE Notes:


  • What a great time we had in Houston last week at the 2019 Leadership & Mentoring Institute sponsored by AABHE and hosted by Texas Southern University.  Great campus leaders from a variety of roles in higher education and from across the country spent intense time working on projects, reading articles, and participating in interactive presentations presented by an amazing faculty of experts.  The LMI staff ought to be pleased with their tireless efforts and the LMI participants are to be commended for their diligence and their performance.  Two thumbs up for LMI 2019!!!

  • We have a Call for Proposals for the Charleston 2020 AABHE Conference.  Submit your proposal now!

  • Please encourage your colleagues to join AABHE


“It’s all about the students”,

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


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