As a former K-12 educator and current Higher Educational Leadership Doctoral student, Leslie Ekpe has seen firsthand the power educators possess to make progress towards social justice. She wrote two articles this summer about what it means to be a social justice educator and the responsibilities of postsecondary institutions while Black people face ongoing racial injustice and a global health crisis.
Ekpe earned her MBA and planned to attend law school until she felt called by her faith to become an educator. She quickly learned she loved being in the classroom and went on to teach ninth grade professional communications. She realized that her classroom gave students a safe space to have difficult conversations and disagree with their peers, especially in the time of pervasive social media.
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