Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.
I consider education a form of activism.
I believe that through civic and community engagement, students gain invaluable knowledge and perspective about everything they learn in a book. They learn to be critical thinkers, to demonstrate empathy and how to be inclusive. They learn when to assert their power and agency, but they also learn that sometimes the best thing they can do is take a backseat to the community. They learn that movements can outlive them, but that does not make their contribution to a struggle any less significant.
Most of all, students learn that they can have an impact on social issues in concrete thoughtful ways. If our students leave with this as a directive for how to live their lives, we are indeed shaping leaders who can improve society. If I can contribute to this, I feel I have done my job.
My mission is to create spaces where people can find their own agency and use that towards the collective good.