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Leading Movements

Leading Movements

Written by: Sherreta R. Harrison

In any moment of societal upheaval, there emerges a unique and necessary role: the activist. An activist is one who is usually aware of causes and challenges before the rest of the world and tries tirelessly to get the rest of us on board. As a result, he or she either adopts or is assigned the title of leader and is expected to, in some cases, risk it all to guide the rest of us to the light.

While it is customary to praise this view of leadership, where one acts as the all- knowing savior for his or her community, organization or family, the truth of the matter is that when we adopt or assign the role of “leader” to any one individual (and this is especially the case for the activist), we are handicapping the individual. But, more importantly, we are hindering the progress of the movement.

Leading Movements

Written by: Sherreta R. Harrison In any moment of societal upheaval, there emerges a unique and necessary role: the activist. An activist is one who is usually aware of causes and challenges before the rest of the world and tries tirelessly to get the rest of us on...

Philan’ Yourself

Written by: Lauren Crump Sometimes, philanthropy gets in its own way. Etymologically, it’s “the love of humanity”. In practice, it’s a financial contribution. But in many circles, it’s considered an opportunity and distinction reserved for the wealthy. What’s wrong...

Navigating Education through A New Pandemic

Written by: Moon Muhammad On March 13th, in the midst of an unrelenting course collaboration, we got word that the governor had announced school closures. To be fair, only a handful of first – year teachers had gotten the word at my school and had naturally taken to...

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Sherreta R. Harrison
Cohort 2

Sherreta’s love for community began nearly 20 years ago when she took her first job teaching basic literacy and employability skills to adults and adjudicated youth at a local community based organization while earning her undergraduate degrees at LSU. After earning her Masters in Counseling from ULL, she worked as an in- home therapist and personal development coach for families whose children were involved in the judicial system. It was then that she decided to return to her second home in Baton Rouge to combine her educational experience with her mental health training and act as a liaison between community members, families and students as they navigated the adult education system.

Currently, Sherreta is exploring the interaction of low- skilled adults and community systems as a Doctoral student at Capella University while serving as the Sustainability Catalyst for MetroMorphosis where she provides general oversight of the organization’s strategies, manages the team’s development and culture and steers its work with reentry providers.

Sherreta currently resides in north Baton Rouge where she enjoys cooking, engaging in intellectual discourse, writing. and laughing with friends.

Connect with Sherreta:

Instagram @seriouslysherreta

Twitter: @Sher_Ree_Tah

 

 

Sherreta R. Harrison
Cohort 2

Sherreta’s love for community began nearly 20 years ago when she took her first job teaching basic literacy and employability skills to adults and adjudicated youth at a local community based organization while earning her undergraduate degrees at LSU. After earning her Masters in Counseling from ULL, she worked as an in- home therapist and personal development coach for families whose children were involved in the judicial system. It was then that she decided to return to her second home in Baton Rouge to combine her educational experience with her mental health training and act as a liaison between community members, families and students as they navigated the adult education system.

Currently, Sherreta is exploring the interaction of low- skilled adults and community systems as a Doctoral student at Capella University while serving as the Sustainability Catalyst for MetroMorphosis where she provides general oversight of the organization’s strategies, manages the team’s development and culture and steers its work with reentry providers.

Sherreta currently resides in north Baton Rouge where she enjoys cooking, engaging in intellectual discourse, writing. and laughing with friends.

Connect with Sherreta:

IG: @seriouslysherreta

Twitter: @Sher_Ree_Tah

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