Alejandra Traslosheros Reyes ’18 has worked on the #i4inclusion social media campaign that was created at Earlham. The campaign uses media literacy to combat violent extremism in the United States. She is the agency coordinator for the 12-member core group that will submit a proposal in October for funding in a competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Facebook.
“I facilitate communication and help the group to stay on track,” she says. “#i4inclusion is a good snapshot of the kind of thing I would like to do after graduation. I think it’s important to give a voice to people who might not otherwise be heard and to help people participate in the society that they live in. And in most cases that requires fostering and opening up spaces rather than speaking for other people.”
The #i4inclusion initiative is a product of Earlham's Center for Social Justice, an academic center launched this fall as part of the Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration (EPIC). EPIC is a college-wide effort for foster partnerships between academic disciplines and equip students to communicate, create, adapt to change and flourish as members of a team. The plan draws on the college's traditional strengths in the liberal arts and it forward-looking focus on making a positive difference in the world.