How and why “Parenting for Social Change” came to be…
I live my passion for creating social change by combining my work in social justice education with parenting. After graduating from law school, I opted to serve the cause of social change as an advocate, educator, and leader at three large public universities across the United States.
My life was transformed after the births of two children. In spite of my espoused professional values, I realized that I had accepted, without question, the dominant cultural beliefs that adults have the right to control and coerce children.
The children in my life have challenged me to live according to the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent and human being.
Using my experience in facilitating transformative learning and intergroup dialogue, I began my own intensive learning journey. It led me to a deeper understanding that the ways our society treats children sets the foundation for all other forms of injustice.
As a writer and consultant, I work with other parents to do inner work as a foundation for outer action that ultimately liberates individuals, groups and communities. As a university leader, I advocate for full inclusion of students in the life of the campus.
As individuals and a society we can create a base of love, wholeness, authenticity, and integrity that is the foundation for just and empowering relationships. And, as we are each reflections of the world, the world is changed by our commitment to wholeness, liberation, and freedom.
I am editor and write for the Kindred Community. I also serve on Kindred’s non-profit Board of Directors, Families for Conscious Living. I serve as project manager for Kindred’s Parent Education Programs.
I serve as a consultant to groups, organizations, and institutions who are doing the work to create cultures that are liberatory, just, and inclusive. And I am currently in my role at the University as Associate Dean of Students.
I wish you well. You can contact me at tbrett AT parentingforsocialchange DOT com. You can also join like minded parents on the Parenting for Social Change’s facebook page here.