What are contexts and issues that you work on? How are you using peace education to address these issues? What keeps you going?
My context entails historical divisions that originate from colonial times. Colorism and classism are two elements that created such division among the society that triggers even more disadvantage among vulnerable groups like indigenous and migrants. My Peace Education work creates a more positive intergroup climate through education and integration. Being part of teaching staff enhances the flexibility of providing equal status among students, implementing and developing an inclusive curriculum that facilitates positive change in the classroom. Something that gets me going through good and bad moments is knowing that I am not alone since there are more people in this field working towards a shared goal.
What has been your most meaningful or noteworthy moment in your peace education career?
In the organization where I work, I have met several Syrian refugees who arrived in Mexico with nothing but hope to study and rebuild their nation. Although some of them have faced violence and difficulties, their determination to learn and build something new from the ashes is what gives me the motivation to continue working in this field.
How and why did you start working in peace education?
I studied history at university and I wanted to become an academic but with time I noticed that writing papers and going to the archives was not necessarily something meaningful for me and the society. Then I started teaching history and came to the conclusion that understanding different perspectives, fostering empathy and peace are more meaningful to both myself and the society. This is why I studied a master's in Peace and Conflict Studies, and here I am.