Mercer University’s new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is a group of faculty, staff and students that acts on behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to guide and make recommendations for the diversity, inclusion and equity processes of...
Dear Kelly, The year 2020 has definitely been rough, and I am completely devoted to ensuring that 2021 is better. What advice would you give me to help make 2021 truly remarkable? You know, this time last year, I don’t think...
Dec. 21 was a remarkable day of contrasts. Two distinctive, and somewhat opposite, celestial events happened within the same 24-hour period. Did you notice?  At 5:02 a.m. Dec. 21, the winter solstice began in Georgia. Of course, the solstice is the darkest day...
A reader asks: I wish I could skip my public speaking class, but since I can't, what advice could you give me to help me succeed?
As the holidays draw near, so do the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. I don’t mean this in the sense that they are getting closer to Earth; that distance is slowly increasing. They are, however, getting closer to each...
“If we as a nation want to understand how to relate to the rest of the globe, then we need to have a richer and deeper understanding of different cultures — including various religions.”— Mark Chancey Religious diversity brings awareness...
A reader asks: How can I stay motivated in classes that I have no interest in?
In his book, "The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality," Belden Lane describes an incredible adventure — the search to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s most rarely-seen animals: the snow leopard. It lives high in the...
American politics, and especially elections, have always fascinated me. I did my first research paper in fifth grade about Jimmy Carter’s potential to rise to the presidency in 1975 (thanks, Mrs. Beard). I completed my doctorate at the University...
Let us show support for our inclusive community this month with a celebration of our first-generation college students, faculty and staff members. These individuals will be recognized on Nov. 8 as the nation and many institutions of higher education acknowledge...

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