The COVID Chronicles: All I Ever Do Is Zoom-a Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom is the hot platform these days for people to connect during the coronavirus shut down. I am spending hours on it every week. Here is a sample.
I am on an advisory board for Clark Atlanta University’s HBCU Educational Leadership Institute. The institute is studying the presidency and looking for ways to strengthen HBCU leadership. As you can see there were some legendary figures on the Zoom call. I mostly listened because when you get opportunities like that it is great to take in the wisdom.
I had my cabinet meeting Tuesday morning, and after I had a discussion with about 16 members of my PODUS group, freshmen who helped with special event as well as participated in leadership development opportunities. It was good to check in on them to see how they were faring.
The UNCF Governmental Affairs committee (for which I chair) did an overview of the CARES Act with UNCF member presidents and some of their senior staff. This was funny at times because some of the “seasoned” presidents haven’t learned all the nuances of Zoom (like where the mute button is). So we heard some interesting side conversations! LOL
I slipped off that call for my class on hip hop, sex, gender and ethical behavior. Last week we discussed the link between hip hop and the strip club industry, and we heard from dancers in DC, Virginia Beach, and Vegas. As you can see we had a good time.
Then on Thursday we did a town hall for alumni. Almost 200 joined our cabinet members to review what we’ve done and thoughts going forward. It was a great idea by the team and we were able to engage alums in a meaningful way.
On Friday I had two hours of Zoom office hours with students, just to see how they were doing, adjustment to being at home, etc. It was very enlightening. I think going forward I should call it “Bedsheets and Bonnets” because I saw lots of bedrooms and folks in bonnets. After that I discussed some potential opportunities for professional development for seniors with author Minda Harts, and today I met with a grad student who wants me to serve on her dissertation committee.
Zoom Zoom Zoom!