I LOVE that Grace used that quote in her last post. I feel that saying goes so far to show our interconnectedness and the impact that even the smallest exchanges can have. Like many of my teammates, I’m trying to reassess where our project is going. One of my biggest questions right now is, how is this fitting into our (albeit vague, broad) framework of education and its relation to social change?
I also want to echo especially what Brenna has said about happiness. Like so many times before, I am so grateful to what each of my compañeras brings to the group. A lot of what we do in GST is whistleblowing, calling out problems, revealing deeper structural issues…it makes my head spin and weighs really heavy on me sometimes, so that I see some manifestation of the flaws of our system in almost every detail during a day. Thankfully that’s not always, but it can be debilitating. That’s the world we live in though, one where it takes a significant, conscious effort to come even a little closer to living with each other and the world the way that we should.
That said, like tom said in his facebook post, none of us can be activists alone, especially with such a bleak view. Maybe that’s why our theses are in groups. All the same, I believe we are a group of radical optimists, because we wouldn’t be working for something we thought was absolutely unachievable, right? There’s a quote I’ve read that goes something like “Everything is impossible until someone does it.”
So what’s our social change? Well, for one thing, we’re breaking barriers of privilege. Privileged college students making relationships with immigrant workers (I hate to use labels, but it’ll become more clear)? It extends across identities based on age, culture, language, nationality, and class. It’s a new, tiny community where we learn from each other on more than just language, but also on diverse life experiences. I wonder how many politicians have meaningful relationships with people who are truly different from them. Maybe it’s naive to think that they would behave differently, but who knows? Maybe what our photovoice project should be the story of each one of us and the point where we all converge in our weekly meetings. Defining the audience for this kind of project would work towards social change. What if there were community meals once a week in Ray between workers and students? Something like this could maybe be coordinated with Res Life, maybe each building or floor could take a different week. Or maybe we’d want something that was more consistent in the long term (or maybe that would arise from the initial encounters?). Thoughts? PS I miss you educhicas.