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For new followers and those who don’t know me very well, I’ve spent the last two years at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont earning my Masters of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation with a focus in Social Justice Training; and I just graduated this past weekend! It’s been quite the journey, wrought with lots of self doubt, self discovery, and self acceptance.

As my fellow trainers and I debriefed on Friday morning after a long week of capstone presentations, I took our reflections and created a spoken word piece. (Some words and acronyms are SIT and training specific so I will define them at the end). Enjoy!

To this cohort,
these co-conspirators in co-creation
embracing complexities
as we flex these new muscles in our foundation.

Grounded in theory and reflection
emboldened by Friere, hooks, and connection
we’ve found a new direction
rooted in teaching to promote transgression.

With the banking model behind us,
experiential learning to guide us,
engaged pedagogy now defines us,
it’s our love for learning that drives us.

We’ve practicummed and capstoned
and honed in on our PGOs,
and now, moving forward,
where we’ll go from here, who knows?

The learning spiral is never ending
continually ascending up and out,
and part of this lifelong journey
is figuring out what we’re about.

As CLCs with new Masters degrees
we know what we need to do,
reflect on the old, embrace the new,
and see this journey through.

So reaching to the cohort that follows,
it’s our hope on you we bestow,
experience, learn, reflect, redirect,
plan like hell and go with the flow.


Friere: Paolo Friere – Brazilian educator and philosopher who advocated engaged pedagogy.

hooks: bell hooks – an acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer.

banking model: defined by Paolo Friere, refers to the traditional method of education where teachers fill the students with knowledge similar to depositing into a bank. Here, learning occurs in one direction and students are not empowered to take ownership and initiative in their learning.

experiential learning: defined by David Kolb, an engaged type of learning rooted in experience, reflection, abstraction and application. Here, all participants are students and teachers and can learn from and teach one another.

PGOs: Purpose, Goals, and Objectives – utilized in training courses and trainings

CLCs: Course-Linked Capstone


The beautiful view from SIT’s front lawn.


Me with my Masters degree.


My husband, Chris, and I. Could not have done this without him!