Sunday, August 5, 2012

Exciting news on the horizon...

Hello dear readers,

As my blog analytics tell me, you readers have been faithfully visiting my blog, at least a few hits a day. I can only imagine: you click through from some other site reference or because a Google search led you here...only to find disappointment that I have not posted since March! Mea maxima culpa.

As my faithful friends and readers know, I work in education - but I'm no longer in the classroom. This means that my work schedule goes through the typical ebbs and flows of an academic year, but I also work through the summer. In addition to this, I've been quite involved with our local church youth group. As hard as I try, I have not been able to successfully post regularly during the spring seasons while at my most recent job. Ah, well, there's always Spring 2013.

Nevertheless, there are exciting things happening in my life and the world of adoption: plenty of articles being written and new connections being made around my most recent home in Western Massachusetts.

  1. I'm preparing revamping my identity formation presentation to deliver a brief opening keynote at a student diversity training program for Smith College (my alma mater). Very excited to be working with some amazing student leaders and adult leaders in social justice education and diversity.
  2. At the invitation and encouragement of a fellow Smithie, I attended a non-profit Board Fair where local non-profits were looking for volunteers and to find potential Board members. While I was there, I met the Director of the Hampshire County Big Brothers Big Sisters (as it turns out, we have at least one friend/colleague in common) who let me know that BBBS has started an adoption mentoring partnership, pairing "little" adoptees with "big" adoptees from the area colleges. Wow! It's so exciting to see this work happening in my own backyard. Stay tuned as to how/what capacity I will be involved with this pioneering program.
  3. The program above is made possible through a partnership with the Rudd Adoption Research Program, which has major initiatives throughout the year, including an annual conference (put that on my calendar for next year!). Sad to have missed the 2012 conference - it featured some amazing speakers and well-known professionals in the field of adoption.
So that's what's new and exciting on the horizon. Next up: thoughts on an NYT article my mother sent me...

3 comments:

oneinchofgrace said...

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program sounds awesome - I'd love to have that in my area. Keep us posted!

Liz said...

Hi! I was one of the lucky Smithies to see you at the Diversity Training. I also happen to be a part of the BBBS Mentoring Program. If anyone has any questions please contact me at: emarkeeb@smith.edu. I'd love to answer them. The program is such a great thing, especially because of the course that also goes along with being a mentor. I've learned so much about myself and adoption. I couldn't be involved in something more worthwhile to me and to my mentee.

JBH said...

Liz: Thanks for posting and making yourself available! And thank you for your support at the Diversity Training!