“Every student deserves a champion.” – Dr. Rita Pierson
I’ve been called to serve and champion for children of color.
Equality is fundamental for the success of our youth. And strengthened by this conviction, I’m dedicated to ensuring that child of color receive a quality education, no matter their socioeconomic status.
The lack of diversity in our classrooms has shown our students an inaccurate reflection, one that fails to mirror the full promise of all students.
Most impacted by this distorted image are male students of color, attending schools in which only 2% of those who lead their classrooms are black men. Thus, these students are denied access to role models who can see the world through their eyes, and help them envision their potential.
For the sake of these children’s futures, we must create a culture in which the vitality of students and educators of color is fully recognized.
Educational institutions must free the youth from the discouragement of classrooms that do not see their worth – inspiring them to uplift each other through shared opportunity, and mutual respect.
In the words of Toni Morrison, “I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”
I believe it is our duty to reshape our classrooms and communities, providing all underserved youth with the encouragement, resources, and resilience needed to achieve their dreams.
And, together, we will be their champions.