The Ethics of Care Movement shapes how I think about service. Film also informs my approach to service. I believe it has power to disrupt how we think and feel in a multidimensional, visceral and transformative way. I believe film can help us to care. Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 movie, Lifeboat is a great example of this, the power of cinema to move the human heart to a place of compassion and empahty. There is great service in this act alone.
My first teachers are my fellow students. Without them I am truly lost at sea. The individuals I study with come from all over the world: Brazil, China, Kenya, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United States. Service to my cohort requires care at the deepest level. It involves listening, responding, critiquing and holding space and time for one another when space and time are your most valuable assets. Service to my cohort requires the most dedicated form of teamwork. When one wins we all win. When one loses we all lose.
My Campus & Local Community
As a member of KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice I recently served my department, my campus and my surrounding community by co-planning and co-curating the See/Saw Film Festival. The festival provided me with a fantastic opportunity to draw together many of the professionals and youth advocates I know in our local community and to seat them with academics and scholars. This extension of the campus into the community and vice versa was the most rewarding part of the process for me.
Professional Academic Community
Over the 2015-16 academic year I volunteered at Van Go Mobile Arts, a community-based vocational training and art education program, for older youth. I conducted a participatory presentation on the concept of privilege and what that meant to the young people in the program. I offered the same presentation to students in the Social Work department at the University of Kansas.
SERVICE PERFORMED TO DATE
Diversity Workshop Facilitator
University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Lawrence, KS
Van Go Mobile Arts, Lawrence, KS
Film Festival Co-Director, KU Professionals for Disabilities (KUPD), University of Kansas
Yoga Instructor, KU Staff Leadership Summit, KU Staff Professional Development, University of Kansas
Volunteer Curator, KU Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
Curator, The Taproom Poetry Series, Eighth Street Taproom, Lawrence, Kansas
Big Sister, Douglas County
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Board Member, Achievement Place for Boys, Lawrence, KS
Douglas County Citizen Review Board, Dg. Co. District Court,
Volunteer Recruiter & Service Trainer