As a student in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston I am so excited to be part of an academic setting that breaks down traditional barriers. The school, entering it's second year describes it's mission as, "Empowering communities locally, nationally, and internationally to advance wellness, educational access, economic participation, and social opportunities for all their citizens by developing leaders, building knowledge, and demonstrating real-world innovations that embrace inclusion"; they do this by bringing together individuals from different academic, cultural, religious and employment backgrounds and allowing them to share openly, work together and to do so in an environment that nurtures innovation.
By breaking down traditional discipline specific barriers, students with expertise, interest and knowledge in subjects ranging from linguistics and recreational therapy to asian american studies and special education. Our classrooms are full of like-minded individuals who are working to create solutions and facilitate progress to some of our world's most crippling problems including poverty alleviation, human rights violations and access to justice. I have heard over and over again that knowledge is power and what better way to that than to bring people together to share ideas and experiences and to invite them to think critically in an environment that not only by name, but by practice is truly inclusive.
You can learn more about our school, programs, students and the amazing projects and practices coming out of SGISD at: