I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. David Warren, President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Warren marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. His narrative would bring you to tears; his passion is evident in every word he shares. In our conversation David asked, “Where do you find the place that you put your foot in the ground and push?”  

So I ask you, “Where do you find the place that you place your foot in the ground and push?”Do you push when I ask something of you that is makes your blood boil? Can you speak truth to power? Do you push when an adult is more concerned about comfort rather than students?

What does it take for you to put your foot in the ground?

From me to you . . . I want you to find the place where you push. I want you to be passionate, to be confident, and to be willing to push back. From education to leadership, from individual rights to curriculum, you should trust your inner core.  

When you press pause . . . when you get your mind right . . . what is your inner compass? Are you willing to place your foot in the ground and push?

We are a team; we are only as strong our collective commitment. When we are aligned, focused, and pushing together we can do anything. It all starts with you.

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