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I Am a Humane Educator: Marine Galvez

In this series, we check in with alumni of the graduate programs we offer in partnership with Antioch University to hear how they are applying their learnings in the world. Here, we catch up with Marine Galvez, M.Ed., who graduated in 2022.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Marine Galvez and I am a passionate facilitator and curriculum designer based in Paris, France. My work focuses on dialogue-based social justice education. I create and lead programs for equity and inclusion, working with both young people and adults. My work includes facilitating student-led dialogue groups at the high school level and supporting teachers in integrating facilitation into their teaching practices. In addition, I lead anti-oppression education programs for leaders in schools and corporate settings who seek to create more equitable environments.

What drew you to the field of humane education?

I’ve always been passionate about exploring the connections between various social justice issues and identifying the theoretical and practical levers that can help us address multiple problems simultaneously. I wanted to teach about these topics even before I formally learned about humane education and systems thinking.

When I discovered this program with its focus on examining interconnected issues and empowering educators to apply a critical and systems thinking lens to all topics, I knew it was the perfect fit for me.

Can you recall a transformational course or experience within the graduate program that changed your perspective?

The course “Pronatalism, Overpopulation, and the Planet,” taught by Nandita Bajaj, profoundly educated me on the link between pronatalism and patriarchy. Before the class, I believed “overpopulation” was solely a myth used to perpetuate racist ideology and divert attention from unequal resource allocation under capitalism. While this can be the case, I learned about the connection between overpopulation and pronatalism—the institutional and social pressures on people, primarily women, to have children. For thousands of years, pronatalism has been wielded by institutions to grow power—driven by political interests to expand the military and taxpayer population, by economic interests to increase the consumer and labor force, and by patriarchal interests to maintain male domination and restrict women’s autonomy.

Slowing population growth entails dismantling patriarchal institutions, increasing access to universal education, prohibiting child marriage, and improving access to quality sex education and family planning (read Nandita’s most recent article for more). 

This class completely changed my outlook on many of the problems we face and helped me identify and challenge many of the dominant narratives around pronatalism that I had internalized.

What humane education project are you working on now?

I have recently developed a course called “Rethinking Dominant Narratives: Transformative Teaching for Student Empowerment,” which I will deliver for the first time this summer on July 8-9, 2024. This program equips educators with a toolbox of activities and facilitator strategies to rethink dominant narratives in their curriculum. In the course, participants will gain effective strategies to foster critical thinking for a diverse group of learners, know how to scaffold learning experiences on controversial issues and gain tools to address pushback and conflict in the classroom.

How do you stay energized and motivated in this work?

I stay motivated by creating! I find that developing educational materials like classroom activities, facilitator guides, YouTube videos, and blog posts based on what I am learning keeps me energized and purposeful.

This past year, I also got into improvisational theater! It helps me get silly and creative with a group, and gives me ideas for activities to try in my classrooms—a gear I can never fully drop!

Can you share something that has inspired you recently?

I am watching Season 4 of Couples Therapy and am absolutely loving it. I love watching Dr. Orna Guralnik practice her craft and masterfully facilitate dialogue between two people. I also find it very touching and hopeful to see couples work through their ingrained communication patterns and engage in the messy and collaborative process of healing. I often think that if I weren’t a facilitator in education, I would love to be a therapist!

Where can people keep up with you and learn more about your work?

If you want more about my work, you can check out my website www.rethinkingnormal.org and my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@RethinkingNormalYT.

Feel inspired? You can read more stories of humane educators in action here.

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