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Passion and Purpose Lead Antwan McKenzie-Plez

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Antwan McKenzie Plez

September is National Recovery Month and offers the opportunity to highlight the passion and purpose of the students and faculty in Union’s M.A. with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling – Graduate Certificate programs.

Passion and purpose to help individuals recover is why Antwan McKenzie-Plez sought a career as a counselor. He will graduate in October with a M.A. in CMHC and a graduate certificate, prepared to make a difference in the lives of many. Learn more about Antwan in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I am pursuing my passion to work with developmentally disabled adults. The drug abuse in this group is overlooked because there has been little to no research in this area. I am working to influence policy to help these individuals. The CMHC major requires an internship and now I am employed fulltime in a career where I can help people.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I also completed my undergraduate work at Union and I was very pleased with my experience. I had to have a program that produces the brightest and best and I knew the highly regarded Clinical Mental Health Counseling major would prepare me to make a difference. I knew that I would be part of a cohort that offers the opportunity to share and learn from each other. The cohort became an extension of family. The camaraderie among my fellow students is extraordinary.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Union offers personal growth. The program requires you to know yourself so you can help others. Counselors can’t be effective without self-awareness.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Do not put off your passion. Go for it!

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. My grandaunt took over the role of grandmother to me. She has been my biggest supporter. She taught special education for 40 years and inspired me to give of myself.

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Passion and Purpose

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Rosalyn Beatty Brown

Passion and purpose are the cornerstones of the UI&U Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Graduate Certificate program.

Students enter the profession because they have a deep desire to help individuals recover and sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. Antwan McKenzie-Plez entered the program for that reason. “I am prepared to make a positive impact on lives. Union has given me the best training possible.”

“Our mission is to support every student as a future professional colleague in gaining counseling concepts and skills, but also encourage reflective personal growth,” said Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Director, Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling – Graduate Certificate Program.

Antwan agrees. “The self-knowledge I have acquired through my studies at Union allows me to be a better counselor. I just completed my internship and was hired by the company because of my excellent training.”

September is National Recovery Month and offers the opportunity to highlight the important work of the M.A. with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling – Graduate Certificate Program.

“The M.A. is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and led by scholar practitioners. Our accreditation ensures that students receive a curriculum based on the highest educational standards. CACREP is the accrediting body for master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties offered by colleges and universities in the United States and the world,” said Dr. Brown Beatty. “Our counselor educators pride themselves on being able to teach the theories, techniques, and skills required to become a counselor using decades of combined counseling experience to adequately prepare students to become practitioners in the field of counseling and building connection to the broader counseling professional network,” said Dr. Brown Beatty.

The Union certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling is a fully online graduate certificate offered as a stand-alone program or embedded in the M.A. major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

“This program trains and prepares professionals for a career in counseling individuals with substances use and abuse problems,” said Dr. Brown Beatty. “The certificate can be completed in just one year. An alcohol and drug abuse counselor specializes in providing counseling and support to individuals and families experiencing problems with substance use or dependence. This may include individual, family or group counseling about the causes and effects of addiction support for families dealing with addiction, and/or referrals to treatment.”

A benefit only available to Union students is the fully online library. Access to the library is a service few universities can match. It provides access to a growing collection of more than 125,000 electronic full-text periodicals via 150+ online licensed research databases, available to students 24/7, 365 days a year.

In addition, career services leads students to employers looking for their skill set through the job alert network. The career counselor also offers resume and interview services to successfully market students to a rewarding career.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a high growth rate for both occupations with a salary range of $39,000 to $65,680 for the mental health counselor field and a salary range of $39,600 to $73,050 for a drug and alcohol counselor.

“Union is known for transforming lives and communities. The UI&U Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Graduate Certificate program offers the opportunity to enter a rewarding profession that makes measurable improvement in the quality of the lives of clients, families, and society,” said Dr. Brown Beatty.

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2018 Toni A. Gregory Conference Award Winners Announced

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Dr. Toni Gregory

The Toni A. Gregory Conference Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship is awarded annually to UI&U Ph.D. students whose presentations make notable contributions to the interdisciplinary inquiry in the broadly defined areas of creativity, difference, and/or social justice.

This year the following three presenters are the recipients and will share the $1,000 stipend that accompanies the honor.

  • Marena Bridges for “The 7th Generation Vision and the Importance of Imagination in Social Movements”
  • Elizabeth DeBetta for “Me, She, They: Our Bodies Are Not the Problem”
  • Jonina Stump for “Puerto Rican Dualism”

The award is generously funded by Rev. Everett Gregory, Ph.D. in honor of his late wife, Dr. Toni A. Gregory, who devoted her distinguished academic and administrative career at Union Institute & University, Fielding Graduate University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the University of Cincinnati to the promotion of excellence in scholarship.

Past Award Recipients


  • Marena Bridges, “The 7th Generation Vision and the Importance of Imagination in Social Movements.”
  • Elizabeth DeBetta, “Me, She, They: Our Bodies Are Not the Problem.”
  • Jonina Stump, “Puerto Rican Dualism.”


  • Mathew Grinder, “The Human Cry to End War.”
  • Guyma Noel, “Dominican Republic’s Market Dominance over the Haitian Market: Revisiting the Dependency Thesis.”
  • Paula D. Royster, “Speech Making in the British House of Commons: A Critical Discourse Analysis.”


  • Lawrence Karn, “Popular Depictions of Love, Gender, and Identity: An Analysis of Reflections in the Carousel of Desire from a Lacanian Perspective.”
  • Randi Renee McCray, “Degradation, Devaluation and Sexual Regulation of TANF Recipients: A Critical Analysis of State Regulations and Welfare to Work Policies”
  • Joanne J. Noel, “Resistance to Pathology and Powerlessness in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.”
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Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Appointed Sixth President of Union Institute & University

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President Elect Dr. Karen Schuster Webb

Union Institute & University’s Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as the university’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Webb succeeds Dr. Roger H. Sublett, who is retiring after serving Union as president since April 2003.

Dr. Webb is a visionary leader with a passion for community and mentoring women in leadership, having dedicated her career to the equity of access to educational excellence in the United States, as well as around the world. She brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and an impressive career in higher education, most recently as the Midwest campus president and senior advisor for Academic Innovation to the Chancellor at the Antioch University System. She also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Antioch University Midwest Campus. Prior to her work at Antioch University, Webb served at Alliant International University System from 2000 to 2013, where she was founding university dean of the California School of Education, overseeing programs in California, Mexico, and the Far East, as well as online programs. She was also associate provost for Community Engagement at Alliant from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Webb served as dean of the College of Education (Baton Rouge) at Southern University and A&M College System: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport (Community College), and online from 1998-2000. She co-founded and co-directed the Center for the Study of Academic Achievement in Learning Environments, part of a Stanford University Complex Instruction Institute Consortium, University of Kentucky System: Lexington from 1994-1998. Fluent in Spanish, she was also program director, Language Education Programs, at the University of Kentucky from 1992-1998. Earlier in her career, she served at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Indiana University, Bloomington, and Coppin State University in Maryland. From Indiana University-Bloomington, Dr. Webb earned her B.A. degree in Spanish, her M.S. in Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Applied Linguistics, and her Ph.D. in English Education: Second Language Studies.

Dr. Webb was appointed chair-elect of the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council (WNEC), Washington, D.C. in 2014, and becomes chair of the Executive Council in July. She also served on the ACE Northern California Women’s Network for more than 10 years and held both vice chair and chair positions there. She has earned numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year by the California School of Education doctoral students at Alliant International University, and was selected in 2016 as one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond by Diverse Issues In Higher Education Magazine, honoring her commitment to and advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and mentoring. Dayton Magazine profiled her for their leadership series. She serves on the Advisory Board of William V. S. Tubman University Foundation in Harper, Liberia, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Dr. Webb has a successful record of fundraising and building relationships and partnerships throughout her career. She served on accrediting peer visit committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as holding numerous committee leadership positions throughout her career.

Dr. Webb has been a leader in her fields of study and has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles in the areas of urban education, sociolinguistics, and language learning. Dr. Webb’s career has been one of service at complex systems, and primarily at institutions serving adults returning to higher education and emphasizing experiential learning-based instruction. She also served at universities that were founded to provide equity of access to higher education for students of color. At Antioch University, she and her leadership team initiated programs that grew undergraduate and master’s degree programs. She secured corporate funding for academic program development and launches and developed private and public sector partnerships, including programs with PNC Bank and the Greene Foundation of Kettering Health Network. She was instrumental in Antioch University’s collaboration with Sinclair Community College in Mason, Ohio, and established articulation agreements with four additional non-competing regional community colleges. She launched the Workforce Development, Community Education, and outreach initiatives for Antioch University with Dayton’s immigrant communities, and established the Antioch University Midwest campus Veterans Affairs Liaison Office.

Dr. Webb and her husband, Wallace H. Webb, Jr., a retired educator, are the proud parents of two children, Ramona and Wallace, III.

Dr. Webb said, “I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the sixth President of Union Institute & University—a university living its mission to engage, enlighten, and empower students to achieve a lifetime of learning and service. Indeed, it is a privilege to follow Dr. Sublett, whose leadership has provided Union with a firm foundation, as well as a reputation for commitment to excellence, innovation, and community outreach. I look forward to joining the partnership reflected by the exceptional Union community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees to continue Union’s distinguished social justice legacy as a world-class university.”

Ms. Christine van Duelmen, chair of Union Institute & University’s Board of Trustees, said, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Union Institute and University, I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as Union’s sixth president. The search committee, consisting of trustees, administrators, faculty and alumni, spent more than a year evaluating and rating potential candidates. A very thorough national search was guided by a distinguished national firm. All Union stakeholders had the opportunity to meet the finalists and provide their feedback. At the January 2018 Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees carefully considered the qualifications of the three finalists and after much deliberation, they voted unanimously to offer the presidency to Dr. Webb,” Trustee van Duelmen continued.

“Dr. Webb is ideally suited to serve as Union’s next president, particularly following the exemplary leadership of Dr. Roger Sublett. I know she will create new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff and build upon our partnerships with area businesses and the local communities we serve,” said van Duelmen. “Dr. Webb has the background and experience to lead our university forward, in her words ‘to a more perfect Union,’ and has shown us her commitment to and passion for Union’s mission and values: to engage, enlighten and empower individuals to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.”

“On behalf of the entire Union community across the nation,” van Duelmen continued, “we are so pleased that Dr. Webb has both the vision and capacity to lead Union Institute & University, one of the most important universities of its kind in the world.”

In April 2017, Dr. Sublett, Union’s fifth president, informed the trustees and community of his plans to retire on June 30, 2018 after 17 years of leadership and a career serving higher education spanning five decades. Dr. Sublett said of Dr. Webb’s appointment, “Dr. Webb is an accomplished professional with a strong commitment to social justice, social responsibility, and community connectedness in higher education. She has served with distinction in institutions most recently in California and Ohio. She is a national leader particularly in support of women in higher education through her work with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Having worked with Dr. Webb over the years, I know she understands Union’s history and commitment to serving adult learners. She is and has been a strong advocate for the mission of Union and other like institutions. She is a scholar, a seasoned administrator, a respected colleague in higher education across the nation. All of us who have been involved in the life of Union welcome Dr. Webb to the presidency of Union with enthusiasm, and wish for her and Union only the very best in the coming years. Union is most fortunate to have attracted such a talented leader.”

Trustee van Duelmen praised Dr. Sublett on his service and tenure. “Dr. Sublett has provided incomparable leadership through a period of both challenges and academic growth. The entire Union community is grateful for his years of dedicated service and his commitment to higher education. Throughout his 17-year tenure, Dr. Sublett has been a beacon of service and leadership. It was in that spirit that the trustees bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Exemplary Leadership last October. We look forward to celebrating his stellar career later this spring.”

A Board-appointed transition committee will assist Dr. Sublett and President Elect Webb in the coming months. She will take office on July 1, 2018.

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Black History Month Spotlight – Glenda Taylor, Ph.D.

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Glenda R. Taylor

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This month, Union shines the spotlight on our students and alumni who are using their creative skills to impact positive social change.

Alumna Glenda R. Taylor is a writer, editor, poet, organization and community development specialist, philanthropist, and cultural historian who has an extensive knowledge of American history as it relates to African-American history and culture. The author of ten books, Taylor has been featured in the New York Times for her exhibits on American history and culture and in 2010, she was selected by the New York Daily News as one of America’s Great People.

The first TLC or “tender loving care” award was given to Glenda’s mother, Mrs. Mary Jestina Taylor at the 2017 national commencement for her unwavering support to her daughter who is sight impaired.

Learn more about Glenda in the Q & A below.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. My degree is the physical manifestation of the belief that all things are possible to those who believe. My Ph.D. and the journey of my research subjects are evidence of man’s ability to accomplish his goals despite horrific obstacles. The process of obtaining a Ph.D. sharpens one’s professional skills and a mental ability in the same manner a strict regimen sharpens the abilities of an Olympian.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. The university encourages creative thought and the refinement of one’s creative process. The emphasis on experiential learning stimulates one’s creative juices and results in research findings beyond the norm.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Stay focused on the finish line, and do not let anything or anyone distract you.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. Many people feel my greatest accomplishment is the money I have raised or the museum I founded. Yet, I believe that my greatest accomplishment has been the role I played in building and strengthening nonprofit organizations, and understanding the importance of mentoring and developing leaders in the nonprofit sector. This allows thousands of people to receive social, mental health, educational or employment services whether I am awake or my eyes are closed.

Dr. Robert H. Schuller always said, that, “Any fool can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.” I love to plant seeds.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. Work is my passion. It is also reading, writing, and going to museums. I love learning about and exploring other cultures.

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Alumni Spotlight – Carol Keyes

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Carol Keyes

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1980)

Profession: Educator, Professor Emeritus Pace University.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. Personally my degree has given me the opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues, and to continue learning.

Professionally it enabled me to teach at Hofstra University, Pace University and the University of Wisconsin, develop programs for children and parents, work with differently abled adults and children, write books and articles for parents, teachers, and the field of early childhood.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. The Union process of teaching and learning allowed me to be my own learner. My committee and faculty were wonderful. Were I to have a chance to choose a means to study for a doctoral degree again at this time, I would still choose to study the same way. I value being able to choose what I want to study, when I want to study, and the means by which I will acquire the knowledge and skills. I chose to work alone when it suited me, but in this Union process I had the committee and the network to reach out to in times when assistance was needed. The seminar and peer days were of value for several reasons. The peers provided a firm support in terms of the Union Graduate School process. The network also served to provide guidance and feedback in terms of personal growth. The diverse specialties of our entire group also allowed exposure to many areas of interest.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Connect with all other learners and faculty. Be open to experiences and opportunities.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. Two main accomplishments come to mind; my books and articles for parents and teachers and helping to develop the National Coalition for Campus Child Care Inc.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. Though officially retired, I have more passions than I can enumerate. I will highlight activities with my family; studying, learning, and writing; talking to young folks I meet about options in life. Every day is a gift.

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Union Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Union Institute & University is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15, 2017 by highlighting the university’s commitment to diversity.

“Diversity of thought and academic pursuits are the cornerstones of Union’s mission. Each individual is valued for who he or she is as a person,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University.

Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division web page. A  HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

In addition, Union is active in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce associations across the nation.

“Union is a beacon of light for adults to further their education,” said Dr. Soto. “Very few places of higher education offer the scholar-practitioner model of academics and real world application. Our curriculum interweaves social connectedness to identify solutions to difficult questions. Union’s faculty is the underpinning of social justice,” said Dr. Soto.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Union will highlight the students, staff and faculty of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month posters have been placed at all five academic centers in celebration of the month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. (Source National Heritage Month)

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Student Spotlight – Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan

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This month, the spotlight is on Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan. Tammy is a Ph.D. student with a major in Humanities & Culture and a concentration in the graduate certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies. Tammy is a poet and recently named Long Island Poet of the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. She earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for, “Let Me Tell You Something” in 2006. She was also the Suffolk County Poet Laureate from 2009-2011, the first female to hold that position.

Learn more about Tammy and why she chose Union in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I would like to be a full-time professor, while seeking my CPT (Certified Poetry Therapist). I want to work with those that are in need of healing, and whom among us aren’t in need of healing?

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I started out thinking that this was the route to getting a full-time professorship, but while my journey proceeded I found I was more concerned with social issues.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. I had heard of Union from several other scholars, and checked out Union by searching reviews. I was searching for a positive experience, and not just an education. I wanted to belong to something that embodied my values concerning our input in the human experience. I wanted to be part of a movement, and I found all that at Union.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Don’t wait so long in taking the first step in your journey!

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. My foster mother, Adaline Maggio. She taught me love, loyalty, and compassion. Priscilla Ruffin, Executive Director of the East End Hospice, she allowed me to learn how to live after the death of my son. My husband and children, Joseph, Vinny & Eliza, they influence my day-to-day actions.

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Ten Tips to Help African American Women Succeed in Entrepreneurship

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1. Know Thy Self. Have honest on-going evaluations of yourself that focuses on your needs, skills, goals and expectations.

 Are you willing to consistently and persistently take the necessary steps to become an entrepreneur or to grow your business as an entrepreneur? Will you develop a business plan (that includes 1, 2 and 5 year activities as well as day to day activities), work the plan and if need be make the necessary adjustments along the way? Will you find experts to manage areas that you are not as strong in as others, areas that are necessary for successful business achievement? Briefly analyze your life patterns and experiences to see if you can apply your awareness of self to future growth and business solutions.


2. Plan regular business meetings with your family, friends, partners, sponsors, team players and mentors all of whom are willing in some way to take part in the creation of a business legacy not just for you or themselves but also for future generations.

 Wealth and the knowledge of how to create wealth is often passed through the generations. Rarely does someone create business success overnight. Business success is often based on the knowledge and a repertoire of skills and talents. Therefore, when our youth grow up learning about business growth and success from their parents or mentors they are more likely to become entrepreneurs.


3. Know your Business Market.

 Unless you have extensive resources, starting a new business may be more challenging than finding your niche in markets that have already begun to flourish. Identifying flaws and/or inconsistencies to fulfill unmet and untapped needs in the market place provides a great formula for success. Take the well needed time to study your market before starting your business and continue to provide ongoing data analysis once you are in business.


4. Don’t Just Talk About Your Passion and Life’s Purpose, Live It.

You are passionate about something for a reason and only you can live out your desire and enthusiasm for life. Ask yourself am I fulfilling my dreams and desires and/or am I doing my life’s work? If not, why or why not? How can I align my business plans with my visions and wishes? Even if you have done something totally opposite in your past, knowledge and experience are transferrable, use them in some way to follow your life dreams.


5. Access All Tools Available to You.

There are many funding sources, and support organizations for both startup and current businesses. They often require business plans, financial, banking and tax statements. These records are in many ways like money in the bank so treat them as such. You can also host several fund raiser and business campaigns to drive additional income. Consider using your online forums to create passive income streams with e-commerce and/or affiliate marketing. Once your business begins to grow you should highly consider becoming a public corporation by openly trading the stock of your business in the market place.


6. Know Your Business Processes and Health.

Understand your customers, services and operations. What are costs of doing business and the returns on your investments? What is your break-even point? Usually if your expenses are more than a third of your total return than you may decide to reconsider your profit loss strategy. Always collect potential customer and customer/sales data as often as possible. The information gathered will eventually fuel your business intelligence used to project sales/income and market strategies.


7. Your Word is as Good as Gold.

Be a business woman of your word. If you announce an opening date or operating hour do your best to fulfill your verbal obligation. If you give one price to your customer do your best to honor your word. If you say that a product is this or that make sure that you have determined that that is so. If you make a mistake or need to retract your word, try to do so in a professional manner without blaming others for your responsibilities.


8. Do not live out of the Gross Earnings.

Add your salary to the budget, save for the future and plan beyond month to month. Pay your taxes and expenses as you go. All the money made is not your profit. You cannot determine your profit before you have paid all your bills which must include your savings and salaries.


9. Take good care of yourself with good planning and follow through, you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.

If you are going into business be sure to add Exit and Contingency procedures as part of your business plan especially if you have partners or associates. If you are in business and you don’t have such plans make sure you develop them. This will minimize all kinds of stress in your business life. You want to make sure you take good care of yourself and that means always having a reserve. Therefore you should never use all your personal resources because when we begin to, we run on over load. When we encounter stressful situations never act unprofessionally, document your issues and give that information to the necessary people or organizations to handle.


10. Don’t limit Your Success!

 The best time to start a business is when you are working and the best time to grow the business is when you have achieved some business success. Always look for opportunities to make passive and residual income while you are doing business. It is also a great idea to have some non-profit or heartfelt cause that you are passionate about to support and grow with. The relationship will incentivize your relationships, life goals and associations while helping others. Believe that you can be extremely successful in your business. Don’t think that because you are an African American woman people won’t do business with you. Go into each business situation and relationship with the mindset that most people are all in some way generally good. If you find they are otherwise make note of the experience, sometimes the reason is not always what we may perceive. Find joy and inspiration as you move forward to find your next customer and take good care of the customers you already have! The sky does not have to be your limit.

About Dr. Newton

Dr. Newton’s goal is for more African American women to soar and prosper as entrepreneurs. She is a 2016 Union Institute & University graduate with a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership and a native of Cincinnati. Her dissertation, “An Investigation of Cultural Intergenerational Trauma or Collective Traumatic Memory as a Social, Economic Barrier for African American Women Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati, Ohio” examined the social cultural behaviors that may keep some African American women from the entrepreneur path. She is hopeful that her work may become one of the tracks that will improve the poverty rates in Cincinnati and around the country. Dr. Newton is the CEO of Illume Business Development. If you would like to learn more about entrepreneurship or to attend one of Dr. Newton’s business workshops, email her at

Embracing Diversity Through Art

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Q. Why do you think it is important to highlight Hispanic Heritage Month?

 A. It is important to celebrate in order to keep our culture and traditions. This celebration, however, is not for one day or a designated month only, but rather every day of the year. For Latinos/Hispanics Columbus Day is not our main celebration (the discovery of America) as native people were here in the Americas before Columbus’ arrival. We celebrate La Raza (the Race) to honor our ancestors.

Q. The 2016 show is La Raza: Embracing Diversity, a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of graduate students sharing their views, experiences and contribution to the Latino culture. Why did you choose this title?

A. La Raza is a culture of many ethnic groups within the Latino/Hispanic community. As a group with no specific race, we embrace all kinds of people regardless of our color.

Q. What is the purpose of the art show?

 A. The purpose of the art show is to bring together the different cultures within the Latino/Hispanic community. Even though we speak the same language, each experience is different. The show gives voices to students through a different platform such as the visual arts. Images resonate on people often more than verbal messages. There are also messages implied or suggested through the images, whether political, racial, or migration related.

Q. What else do you hope the exhibit teaches?

A. The show brings together people from all walks of life, via the artists and the community and serves as a forum to engage the college community as well as visitors. Since each of the participating artists are from different cultural backgrounds (Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia), viewers can learn about those differences and similarities and get broader perception of the Latino culture.

Q. How did the idea for an annual art exhibit materialize?

A. As mentor at an institution where Latinos are a minority, I introduced this annual event in 2011. However, the idea for this show came from current political and racial and divisionism taking place in our country. Therefore, I thought about a show that could integrate these topics and how each of the artists would interpret them to address their position or views on the matter.

Raul Manzano

Dr. Manzano earned his Ph.D. with a major in Humanities & Culture from Union Institute & University in 2015. His dissertation is titled, Language, Community, and Translations: An Analysis of Current Multilingual Exhibition Practices among Art Museums in New York City. He holds a Master of Arts from SUNY / Empire State College, New York, NY, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Dr. Manzano is busy preparing for the introduction of Caribbean Heritage Month celebration in June 2017 in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Rosalind October-Edun. For additional information visit