Learning about strategies for political and social change is central to my courses. As students become more aware of the intersectional violence and discrimination faced by women, black, indigenous, 2SLGBTQ and people with disabilities, a major challenge they express to me are feelings of hopelessness. Asking ‘now what’ epitomizes experiential education and provides the most effective and empowering way to learn. Students who engage with this learning process will deepen their understanding of power, privilege and political change, and their agency in achieving social justice.
My teaching approach seeks to amplify diverse voices, provide activities that complement a wide range of learning styles, and create opportunities to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about ourselves and others.
My students are engaged in ongoing dialogue about the politics of what, why and how they are learning. We focus on questions, rather than expert answers, and always connect theory and action. As a teacher, my intention is to inspire, motivate and challenge students to become independent, critical thinkers and empathetic community members.
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