Sydney Curtis Awarded the Transformative Education Award
Brad MacDonald presented Sydney Curtis with one of two of the Student Development Committee's Transformative Education Awards. This award is given to individuals who are committed to their field and have demonstrated their ability to transform the lives of those around them. Candidates were asked to send in one letter of recommendation as well as a personal statement to address how they have implemented transformative education in their field. The two candidates chosen have not only clearly conveyed how they transform the lives and experiences of the people with whom they work with, but also have illustrated their dedication to social justice and catalyzing social change.
Sydney Curtis is a student in the Higher Education program and is a course instructor for UNIV 112 (strategies for Learning). In addition, Sydney works extensively with the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs department at Loyola. Her dualistic role of being a graduate student and instructor gives her a unique position to transform the lives of the students that she works with. In her UNIV 112 class, Sydney has collaborated with multiple departments in the Loyola community such as Academic Advising, Services for Students with Disabilities, and the Center for Experiential Learning to help engage her students and more importantly help support their individualized needs.
In addition, Sydney strives to empower her students to explore their personal identities, their academic goals, and ability to affect positive change. She uses their funds of knowledge to help each student realize their potential and how they have the capabilities to engage change in their community.
Sydney’s work in SDMA has included facilitating The People’s Institute, which is a retreat that allows students to discuss systems of oppressions and their role as agents of change. In addition, Sydney will present at SDMA’s Social Justice Symposium and discuss productive strategies for talking across differences and how to disrupt microaggressions. Sydney’s passion for leading and inspiring those around her makes her an ideal candidate to receive the SDC’s Transformational Education Award. I know Sydney will continue her work to enrich and transform the lives of all her students and be an educator of social change.