As Senior Fellow Lydia Ghuman returned to her hometown of Cincinnati during college breaks, she was shocked: It was become quickly gentrified and no one was taking the time to preserve the local history or fight for those who were being harmed by the city’s rapid changes. Lydia was inspired to spread awareness about these issues and let local citizens know that they have the power to create change.
Through her Action Project, she addressed the lack of social justice education taught throughout the city in hopes of inspiring high schoolers to seek change. Lydia educated the high schoolers in her summer fellowship group about various social justice issues in Cincinnati that local politicians and teachers don’t discuss. They gained knowledge and expanded their language and resources as they were introduced to new concepts as well as local organizations who are advocating for various social justice issues in Cincinnati.
A priority for her was not to just educate, but to inspire action, something that is made possible by increasing student’s education on social justice issues and how to respond. Humanity in Action instilled this in her. During the fellowship, Lydia and the students wrote letters to the Mayor’s office and visited city council members to discuss social justice issues. After the fellowship, many students have started volunteering with some of the groups presented to them (such as Planned Parenthood and a local immigration group).
Lydia addressed the lack of social justice education taught throughout the city in hopes of inspiring high schoolers to seek change.