Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
He ran to my classroom upon seeing the police on school campus, fearing they would take him to a mental institution again. They did. After I shook his hand, he walked calmly to the police car. He ran to me, not for an escape, but for a handshake. This student implicitly calls educators to integrate wellness frameworks into an approach to equitable education. He was soothed by his awareness of my classroom as a safe inclusive learning environment, a climate of mentorship, and my holistic approach to education. He did return about a week later, and the first thing he decided to do- report to my classroom for a handshake and recent assignments.
In pursuit of an M.Ed in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt, I seek formal training that can broaden my impact from individual classrooms to school systems at large. Through graduate study, I aspire to train educators to change the lives of students everywhere. My research interests generally regard identity development in K-12 education, teacher education, and inclusive learning environments. I am passionate about making schools into sites of positive transformation. We can start decreasing the jarring statistics with a good handshake.
Camille from California