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Pachaysana: Decolonial Education

On Radical Expression

We start our new year by encouraging you and yours to engage in a radical life. When saying “radical” we do not imply that you should form an army of revolutionaries to overthrow the dominant systems of power. Rather, we refer to the diverse meaning of the word.

While radical certainly implies inspiring essential and substantial changes for our world, the very essence of the word comes from rootedness. For example, think of “eradicating” as uprooting. What we call for is a simultaneous relationship to both of these meanings: let us bring about revolutionary, sustainable change by planting and rooting, and then expressing our radical nature.

In a globalized world, where a space doesn’t necessarily mean a place, where floating away might feel like freedom, where our community is harder and harder to define, we still need to root ourselves in reality. Radical Expression is vital to the creative dialogue, which we have discussed in an earlier newsletter. The dialogue must be radicalized: it must be radically rooted, radically participatory and radically engaged with change. 

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Radical Cards

Pachaysana introduces you to our close colleague and friend, Queen Nefertiti Shabazz. She has developed an incredible project called Radical Cards, an interactive multicultural card game and tool that encourages verbal, visual, and performative self-expression . You can order sets on line.

Here is an excerpt from her guest blog posting on our website. Please read it in its entirety!

“I want to hear the stories and perspectives of young people who were told they would not live long enough to form a single narrative. I want to hear the exchange of narratives between people of varying beliefs and social identities. I want to hear our global community engage in dialogues that inform and uplift. While not every person identifies as a storyteller or literary artist, every person has an experience that offers a chapter in the story of the world.” 

Rehearsing Change is Fair Trade Study Abroad

Radical action via Rehearsing Change 

We have started our second semester of the radical study abroad program, Rehearsing Change. We have 4 amazing international students working with 3 communities and over 30 local counterparts, who will receive valuable certificates of program completion from our academic partner, Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

A very special thanks to our radical partner, Fundación Quito Eterno, which organized an orientation that facilitated a rooting of our international students into Ecuadorian life and provided information and tools to actively participate in a dialogue for change. Here you see images from orientation. 

And of course, our very special thanks to our recent collaborator, the Institute for Study Abroad - Butler University (IFSA-Butler)
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Be part of the radical movement, study abroad with Rehearsing Change

Before you know it, application deadlines for our fall 2016 semester of Rehearsing Change will be upon us. Start spreading the word now! Early admission deadline is March 15 and, if space is available, the regular deadline is April 15. 

Rehearsing Change is the only semester-long Fair Trade Study Abroad program in which international students study jointly with local community counterparts. All our coursework is applied to the reality of our counterparts and their communities. Fall semesters are in Quito and spring semesters are in rural communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here we see our Quito and Amazon counterparts working together on a project.

Complete information can be found at our website.
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