Maya Angelou "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
The last update I wrote was in November 2019. It's not possible to put in to words the experiences of the last year, but I do believe it is important to share some things that have happened. I have the opportunity to work with and learn from some straight rockstars. In gratitude:
I want to point to Maya Angelou's wise statement "in diversity there is beauty and there is strength"... and perhaps at least as importantly the first part of that statement "it is time for parents to teach young people early on...", recognizing that for many children the title of parent can belong to many different people, potentially not including biological parents. We all benefit from the existence of differences. Each of us have different strengths, weaknesses, skills, preferences... when we combine these we find deep beauty. It's tragic that we (including myself) fail to realize this reality so often. Looking forward to participating in and witnessing this change as we move forward as a human race.
Another quote that has resonated with me deeply is from Althea Gibson (if you haven't had the privilege of learning about her, I highly recommend a quick online search - she is the definition of a badass): "No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you." We do nothing alone. This is not to de-value any individual human, but rather to recognize collective value, acknowledging that each of us rely on others. For some of us (especially those of us with white skin), gaining help from others comes easier. For others, finding help is harder for a myriad of reasons. It's simply unreasonable to take sole credit for where we are - yes, we may have worked hard to get to the point that we are at, but that may be just as true for the person next to you as it is for the person packing burgers for you (I worked as a Krystal Burger line cook for a summer right before starting graduate school at Florida State - I had the best co-workers in the world and learned so much from every single one of them). I think that Althea's perspective on accomplishment is incredibly helpful to hold onto. It reminds us to be thankful to those who have supported and who continue to support us, and to pay that forward in building others up. It's amazing what we can do with help from others (cue The Beatles "I get by with a little help from my friends...").
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quantitative research. methodology. statistics. diversity. bilingualism. equity. education. assessment. speech-language pathology.