Introducing myself and my journal: Advocate for Diversity

Posted April 3, 2012 from United States

About Me: I work with people who have developmental disabilities. I feel I am a pretty good advocate for the people I support and I would like to make it a career, but I haven't quite figured out how to best achieve that goal yet. I am taking a few classes at Portland State University to decide if I want to pursue another Bachelor's Degree with the intention of enrolling in to Graduate School or if I want to receive a certification that would better help me pursue a career working with people who have developmental disabilities/mental diversity. I do already have a Bachelor's Degree in history.

I volunteer two nights a week at the Central Library in downtown Portland and I also volunteer for a company called REACH. Right now, I am tutoring a 7th grade girl once a week and teaching a brave, wonderful woman how to be more computer savvy. I am also looking in to other volunteer opportunities. I really enjoy putting myself out there and learning from others.

My Passions: I want to help people who are unable to defend or speak for themselves. I want to give them a voice and advocate to make their lives better.

My Challenges: I struggle to be a good listener and not interrupt people when they are sharing personal experiences. I also struggle believing the stories I hear some times, especially if they vary greatly from my own experiences.

My Vision for the Future: I want to make social justice a reality.

My Areas of Expertise: Interacting with people who are different from me. Different in class, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. I find everyone fascinating and love getting to know people.

Comments 2

Log in or register to post comments
  • Nusrat Ara
    Apr 04, 2012
    Apr 04, 2012

    Dear friend,

    Welcome to PulseWire! You are now part of a thriving community of women from all parts of the world. See the PulseWire Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

    Please explore the site to meet the women and also find the groups of your interest.

    I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

    In friendship,

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Apr 13, 2012
    Apr 13, 2012

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!