Nikia Chaney ’09 (Los Angeles, MFA) was profiled in the Precinct Reporter Group about her educational trajectory. From growing up in poverty in South LA and San Bernardino, to receiving her BA from San Bernardino Valley College, which inspired her to later pursue and receive two master’s degrees. Chaney is the fourth Inlandia Literary Laureate, a two-year position bestowed on her for community volunteerism, writing and literacy programs, and as the author of Us Mouth. Inlandia is a nonprofit that seeks to broaden creative awareness by sponsoring various literary events, including reading programs, boot camps for writers, publishing books, and workshops throughout the Inland Empire. During her term, the organization received a grant award from the nonprofit California Humanities to address Voices Against Violence in the community.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm