I can recognize it as a form of trauma when a 14-year-old girl
in Africa already has a child and the tragedy of having to leave
school. I can also appreciate the multiple challenges of someone
who lives in a poor neighborhood of Buffalo who experiences
first-hand gang violence and all of the deprivations that occur
when one is very poor and has limited opportunities. How do we
learn from that experience and how do we create plans for
preventions so that things like that are not repeated. That is a
human rights issue.
I try to help students gain connection to the individual and the
individual’s family, and how they interact with their larger
neighborhood and community. I really try to help students
understand their part in influencing the culture of an organization
and its footprint, and that by their actions they can inform the
direction of and potential that communities have.