Canada Serves As Symbol Of Social Justice Mission
HCZ Founder Geoffrey Canada Is A Role Model For Those Interested In Education Reform
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 02:09
Yesterday, the Boston College community welcomed educational reformer Geoffrey Canada to campus to speak at the event “Everyone is a Stakeholder in Education,” sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, Students for Educational Reform, SOFC, The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, and The Lynch Foundation. The wide range of student organizations that participated in organizing and planning this event speaks to the impact it made upon students in attendance and the BC community.
Creator of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Project, Canada is a prominent figure in the realm of education reform. A strong supporter of the right to an education, Canada exemplifies the social justice mission of BC. His goal in creating HCZ was to nurture underprivileged children and empower them through support with educational resources, providing them with the tools that they need to get into college and advance their futures. His life’s mission of empowerment through education speaks to many issues that BC students have encountered in volunteer placements such as PULSE and 4Boston, as well as teaching practicums across the Boston area. In Canada, many students can see a true leader of the educational reform movement dedicated to issues often discussed and addressed at BC. His dedication to inner-city education and his plans for improving it could also make him a positive role model for many students who might be considering a career in teaching or post-graduate programs like Teach for America.
BC students have the privilege of access to a premier educational experience, and hearing about the projects and missions of reformers like Canada is a constant reminder of the opportunity that students possess by virtue of attending a school like BC. An education truly becomes valuable when one can give away the lessons one has gained to others. By internalizing the life mission of educational reformers like Canada, BC students can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of social justice for all.