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I Am a Humane Educator: Glenn Kendall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2015/08/03/humane-educator-glenn-kendall/
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Glenn KendallIHE M.Ed. grad Glenn Kendall is a National Park Service retiree. He has also had a long career working with youth. He was a founding board member of the Unity Charter School, which had the only sustainability mission and vegetarian lunch program in New Jersey, worked with Head Start in New York City, and was the director of youth services programs for Harlem youths.

Currently Glenn is serving on a variety of boards and volunteering for several groups, including at ProKids in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster and adjudicated adolescents. He’s the founding board member of four nonprofit organizations, including to serve traumatized children, youth, and animals; three of those nonprofits are ecovillages in their formative stages.

Glenn holds a PhD in Public Policy and Social Issues from Union Institute & University, and two master’s degrees, one in Humane Education from IHE and Cambridge College, and the other in Theological Studies from Drew University. All three degrees are helping him to help establish a public ecovillage model for vulnerable children—the first of its kind in the country.

A native of the Bronx, New York, he recently married Concilie Syori of Burundi, Africa, and is living with his wife and her four children in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has one son and four grandchildren, along with his four new children.

We asked Glenn to share a bit about his vision.

IHE: What led you to the path of humane education?

GK: The humane education model is the closest social and educational paradigm that supports my personal worldview of inclusivity and interconnectedness. I discovered the existence of IHE while attending the Bioneers Conference in 2003.

IHE: Share how you’re manifesting humane education.

GK: Under the supervision of Mary Pat Champeau, IHE’s director of education, my humane education thesis was a 500-year vision plan, divided like the National Park Service does, into 25 year segments. This vision serves as the foundation for an ecovillage for vulnerable youths. I have been meeting with Mary Pat, along with a highly competent humane education master’s student, on a regular basis since January 2015. Together, we are putting together strategies that integrate my master’s degree and PhD study with our collective experience.

We’re in the process of creating a new group care program for vulnerable teens and their young children. This new group care model is called Public Ecovillage. And, at its foundation are the principles and values that [IHE president] Zoe Weil has been teaching throughout her writings, lectures, and professorship. The vision calls for a residential school (Solutionary School) geared for foster care and homeless children and their children, based on sustainability and humane education principles and practices, integrating the civil world with the natural world, for the benefit of this and all future generations

IHE: Share a success story.

GK: Based on my doctoral dissertation, I was nominated for the Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Award. The award is based on a committee of Union faculty and administrators judging a limited number of dissertations to be outstanding in terms of originality, interdisciplinarity, social meaning, writing, and overall presentation. My research was based on humane education principles and values from a more social perspective.

IHE: What gives you hope for a better world for all?

GK: The vision of people like [IHE president] Zoe Weil gives me hope. The movement towards embracing and valuing nature gives me hope. The spiritual interconnectedness that many like-minded individuals are feeling gives me hope. The inspiration from The Source of Life gives me hope. And, the humane education community gives me lots of hope.

If you are interested to learn more about how we can put together a dynamic humane education social program/ecovillage, please contact me: kendall.glenn.p@gmail.com.