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#SUNYSA Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center Building Dedication July 1, 2014

I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center building dedication yesterday in Buffalo. I did not grow up in the Buffalo or WNY area or New York State for that matter so I never fully understood what Mr. Eve had accomplished in his 36 years in the State Assembly as the champion for higher education opportunities for everyone.

“This building really represents what he stood for. He stood for children, he stood for education, he stood for investing in communities and most importantly, aside from investing in communities, Arthur Eve stood for investing in people,” said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, D-New York.

I received an invitation to be a part of this celebration as part of my role as the SUNY Student Assembly President and a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and I was excited to have been asked. In accepting this invitation, I did my due diligence to find out more about this man and what he stood for. Quite frankly, I was so inspired by his hard work, dedication, determination, and passion for the issues surrounding making a difference for the students, past, present, and future. If it were not for the efforts of Arthur O. Eve and the other like-minded people during his career the course of many lives would be different today. The lives of multiple thousands of young minds have been and continue to be changed through the hard, tireless work of Arthur O. Eve.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

I believe that Arthur O. Eve knew that education would be the catalyst for the change in this world and he moved heaven and earth to make sure that ALL students would have that opportunity!!

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Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela

I will mourn the loss of one of this world’s most inspirational leaders.  His beliefs and the way that he lived his life were a testimony of his effort to educate those around the world through the example he set by spreading the idea of democracy, freedom, and equal rights for all human beings throughout the world.

Mandela was known worldwide as a teacher, political prisoner, civil rights activist, freedom fighter, the first black President of South Africa, father, and husband. His fight was for all people no matter what their ethnicity, race, creed, religion, etc. He believed that everyone should live their lives by respecting and enhancing the freedom of others!

The leadership style and the way that Nelson Mandela lived his life has shown me that helping others and being a servant leader are the way that I want to live my life. I will be forever grateful for those lessons learned by this great man. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Mandela stated.

 

Leadership through Service November 12, 2013

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

As stated in my prior blog, the concept of servant leadership has been around since 1970, however, there have been several leaders that came before this model was brought to light who were ahead of their time such as: Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, just to name a few!

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

There are numerous traits that servant leaders have such as: compassion, vision, inspiration, respect, empathy, selflessness, and trustworthiness.  These key traits help make servant leaders very effective leaders. As we continue to have an increase in NGO’s, not-for-profits organizations, grass roots organizations, environmental activists, etc., it seems that these types of organizations have been trending towards the servant leadership style in the way that they view leadership and the way to treat their people, the causes they care for, and the communities around them. 

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Mother Teresa

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The Latin words primus inter pares means “first among equals” and best describes a servant leader.  In Robert Greenleaf’s essay,The Servant as Leader he states:“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant–first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.”

Are you a servant leader? 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi