Stamps University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor Audrey Bennett has been featured by VoyageMichigan as a local rising star. In a wide-ranging interview, Bennett discusses her personal and professional path as well as her work, and offers advice for those at the beginning of their careers.
It’s easy, when you are first starting out, to get frustrated by rejections or criticism, and start to feel like institutions and the elites that run them are hopelessly against you. But denying yourself access to critique, and not developing the skills to learn from it – to parse the needed changes from the noise – will be self-destructive. We often hear the quote from Laozi, translated as “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But that makes it sound like it’s about the destination. A better translation is “a thousand mile journey begins where one stands” – you can find joy in repeating that feeling of the first step every day.
Rising Stars: Meet Audrey Bennett | VoyageMichigan