I am honored to be teaching my Visionary Leadership Academy to the amazing students at the Oneness High School. In the picture above, you see me with the class. The founder and director, Andrew Kutt, invited me to teach this special class. We are half way through our curriculum. The students have selected three projects to work on:
1. Veganism and Animal Rights
Stance: Veganism is a healthy and compassionate lifestyle. Animals lives are important and should be valued and respected.
Purpose: Educate people about veganism and animal rights.
Method: Conduct a workshop that includes questions, a video and a vegan cooking/eating experience.
2. LGBTQ+ Racism
Stance: Every person should be treated equally, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. People should not be judged by the traits that make them unique, rather rewarded. Uniqueness is what changes the world, being unique is the human and should be celebrated. In the great words of Martin Luther King, Jr, “I look forward to a day where people aren’t judged by the color of their skin, but by the true content of their character.”
Purpose: Raise awareness about discrimination.
Method: Create a video that includes interviews where people share how they have been discriminated against and how they have participated in discrimination; get 1,000 views of the video.
3. Discrimination in the Arts
Stance: No matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you are, you have the right to express yourself no matter what others think. Art it who you are. You don’t have to conform to the rules of society in order to be successful. Art is an expression of who you are, everyone should be given the chance to prove their worth. You shouldn’t just be dismissed because of who others think you are.
Purpose: Educate and raise awareness of discrimination in the arts
Method: Invite people to a participatory performance art event in which they sit inside a box that has news stories about discrimination in the arts all over it; ask people what their experience made them think and feel.
It’s one of my great joys to spend time with these students, and be part of their education. I come away from every class inspired and happy! This class is a Mojo source for sure!
“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”