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Cultivating Changemakers at IHE’s Student Residency

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection
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IHE students and faculty at 2015 student residency in Maine

IHE students and faculty at 2015 student residency in Maine

Twelve students traveled to IHE’s campus in Surry, Maine, for our week-long graduate student residency. Students and faculty gathered for a week of connection, exploration, and collaboration, focused on honing their humane education skills and examining the role of solutionaries in creating a better world for all.

Check out photos from our 2015 student residency here.

Students raved about their experiences:

“I cannot explain in words how amazing, humbling, transformational, exciting, engaging, fun and meaningful this week has been. There is now JJ before Residency, and JJ after Residency, and I feel happier, lighter, and more excited than ever before. … I learned techniques to bring back to my classroom that will enrich my students’ lives, not just their grades. … I came with an open mind but found it was my heart that opened the most. … I couldn’t believe how well each activity dovetailed with the next. Masterful planning.”
~ JJ Morrissey

“[Residency] exceeded any expectations and hopes I had. The only way I can describe it is one of the best weeks of my whole life. … I was feeling a little lost before Residency. I was searching for some direction and clarity. This week provided that for me. I realized what I want to do! When I discovered the Institute for Humane Education, I felt like I found my calling. This week at Residency, I discovered how to turn that into a career path.”
~ Marlee Turim

“I am moved, changed, and better than when I arrived. I will use ideas I learned here to help teach those around me for the rest of my life.”
~ Mandy Schmit

“The Residency went leaps and bounds beyond my expectations. This experience has become my emotional and mental home.”
~ Natalie Krivas

“I loved the practice sessions, interacting with fellow solutionaries, and garnering so many tools that have shifted my thinking and that I will put into practice.”
~ Gertrude Wallis


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