Keynote Address: The Wind Beneath Their Wings
Much of the issue of students’ success depends on the professionals that support them. First-generation students, and many others, need to be embraced, lifted, and encouraged. They must not be the subjects of stereotypes. As Maya Angelou says about the next generation, “you are the best we have, you are all we have.” In the name of love and commitment to our nation’s future, it is our job to embrace every student, especially those who are underrepresented and overlooked. There are students who have had daunting challenges and still they rise, especially if we lift them, the wind beneath their wings.