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  • Andrew Pfaff

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Secondary English Language Arts

    “Lewis & Clark’s intense focus on social justice has showed me how important it is for me to be aware of my own privilege, and to think about how it affects my life and my decision making, especially in the classroom.”

  • Brent Mangum

    Master of Arts in Teaching, ’18
    Elementary Education

    “Lewis and Clark’s training in education has forever made a positive and permanent impact on my education and profession. Many years down the road you may step in my classroom and you will likely find social justice work and cultural identity pieces on the walls.”

  • Kristy Mize

    Doctor of Education in Leadership ’19

    “It’s rare to be an educator who hated school. I like to think I came back for kids like me.”

  • Briana Smith

    Master of Arts ’19
    Professional Mental Health Counseling

    “I want to bring about positive change in the counseling field and be the counselor that I wish I had when I was younger.”

  • Grace Miner

    Master of Arts ’18
    Professional Mental Health Counseling

    “The benefits of therapy were instilled in me from very early on, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to hold that space for others who may gain support or a new perspective from it.”

  • John Auerbach

    Master of Science ’19
    Professional Mental Health Counseling

    “The social justice paradigm provides a framework for me to shape my counseling and research practices to fit the needs of people from all walks of life.”

  • Shelah Kelso

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Secondary Social Studies

    “One of the biggest ways I can make an impact as a social justice educator is through using material that represents a diverse array of perspectives and issues, and allowing students to reflect on the material and how it relates to their own lived experiences.”

  • Julianna Guenther

    Master of Arts ’20
    Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

    “To me social justice means mobilizing my own privilege in order to dismantle systems of oppression. Social justice to me starts with the understanding of systems in place that perpetuate the oppression of others.”

  • Minh Xuan Taylor

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Elementary Education

    “My grandfather inspired me to pursue a career in education. He was a teacher for many years and later moved on to become an administrator. He taught me the power that education has to change lives.”

  • Jaxon Schaffer

    Master of Science ’19
    Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

    “An ongoing ah-ha moment for me was realizing how much shame and anxiety can be liberated when a person finds the language to really talk about who they are and what they have experienced.”

  • Jiahui Chen

    Master of Arts ’20
    Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

    “My social justice education will be critical in my career, because it lets me see a bigger picture of personal networks, and how all the systems work together and intersect with each other. Moreover, it gives me a tool to help my clients to be aware of inequities and even challenge some of these unjust systems.”

  • Alicia Fritz

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Elementary Education

    “In education, social justice means amplifying marginalized voices and creating curriculum that honors all perspectives and experiences.”

  • Jamila Dozier

    Student Affairs Administration ’18

    “Social justice means that despite the many identities we all carry, we have the right to be treated equitably and exist without experiencing violence. Equity includes access to fresh and healthy food, stable housing, and education.”

  • Kelsey Miller

    Master of Arts ’20
    Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

    “I know social justice for me includes learning where my privileges lie in order to offset the power I hold; taking up less space where needed; listening to experiences that are not my own; and being aware of my own biases and mitigating the negative effects of them.”

  • Gavin Holdgreiwe

    Master of Arts ’19
    Student Affairs Administration

    “I will use a social justice mindset to shape my daily actions and my longterm plans. Whether it is fighting for more diverse representation on task forces, pushing for the decreased emphasis in admissions on SATs and biased ranking systems, or critically examining on how basic events and activities are excluding those who are consistently overlooked.”

  • Paige Talbot

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Secondary Biology

    “I plan to teach science in an inclusive manner, meaning that I directly address social inequity issues that permeate throughout science historically and today, such as demographics of featured scientists, research credit, and access to healthcare, which directly impacts students and their families daily.”

  • Sierra Rivers

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Elementary Education with ESOL

    “The best part of the program is the community that you develop within your small cohort. I feel like my peers are my family and I am excited to go into my career knowing that I have a community of folks to lean on and collaborate with.”

  • Kaye Blankenship

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Secondary Art

    “Social justice means recognizing the systems of oppression that still exist in our society, specifically in schools, and actively working against them.”

  • Amanda Braswell

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Secondary English Language Arts

    “I wanted to pursue teaching because I believe in the power of education. I care deeply for those around me, and I want to work hard to help mold students who are not only confident in forming a strong thesis, but strong opinions and voices as well.”

  • Ayala Sherman

    Master of Arts ’20
    Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

    “We know that the world is far from being socially just, so to me, striving for social justice means learning about oppressive systems, learning about cultures different from my own, engaging with diversity, examining my own biases or blind spots (constantly), and using my privilege to fight against oppression.”

  • Natasha Digges

    Master of Arts in Teaching ’18
    Elementary Education and ESOL

    “Linda Griffin has rocked my math world. I tell my students about her all of the time and use so many of the ideas that she has shared with us in my classroom regularly. She’s someone who has seen us all cry, fail, laugh, and still unconditionally supports us.”

 

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