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    About

    We provide an accessible interdisciplinary civics education for all. We provide resources for students to learn fundamental skills and concepts necessary to be effective civic leaders.

    We take content from various disciplines (philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, economics, history, etc.) and show students how that knowledge can be used effectively in their daily lives. 


    Why Philosophy?

    From logic, rhetoric, and reasoning, to morality and ethics, to politics and education, philosophy impacts and informs just about every other field of study. Philosophy is too often taught as the ideas of a few men who lived thousands of years ago, but those ideas are still relevant today and have impacted the course of human history. From the words we choose to how we judge right and wrong, philosophy is everywhere!


    Why Psychology?

    By understanding key psychological concepts, we can spot them at play in the world around us. The field of psychology teaches us how humans make decisions, form belief systems, and react to new situations and information. The concepts covered in these videos intersect with the worlds of politics, marketing, religion, and more.


    Why History?

    Too often, history is taught as disjointed, unconnected to the present, and from the perspective of privileged groups. The videos here attempt to combat those narratives by drawing clear lines between historical events and their relevance today, telling stories of figures who are too often left out of textbooks, and examining well-known events and figures through a nuanced lens.


    Why Global Issues?

    People around the world are impacted by the same issues and international institutions like the United Nations make decisions that affect us all. By understanding the transnational nature of many issues as well as the strengths and shortcomings of those institutions, we can better support each other in the fight for rights, dignity, and development. 


    Why Economics?

    Economic principles shape our lives, from the taxes we pay, to the decisions we make about what to purchase, to how our country and community relates to others around the world. Everyone should learn to spot the economic forces at play in their everyday lives in order to make informed decisions and understand the impact of choices made by powerful individuals and institutions.


    Why US Government?

    The institutions and systems that govern our lives shape the rights and freedoms that we have access to. From the writing of the constitution, through every supreme court case, every law that has and hasn’t passed, and the individuals who run our government agencies, it is critical that we understand how our government works. The more we know, the better we can stand up for our rights and the rights of others and hold those in charge accountable. 


    Why Democracy?

    The idea that people should have the right to participate in government is not new, but it has manifested itself in different ways for thousands of years. Examining ideas about how democratic governments should operate, how democracy functions in different societies, and how core freedoms of speech and press are exercised and suppressed, can help us question what a strong democracy should look like.


    Why Modern United States?

    The issues that we are grappling with today are not necessarily new or unique to this time, but are manifesting themselves in unique ways and call for unique solutions, critical thinking, and an informed and engaged society. Reflecting on the issues that affect our communities is the first step towards creating a more just society where everyone can participate in democracy and drive change. 


    Why Data Science?

    In order to be an informed consumer of news and media, and engage effectively with everything from statistics about public health to algorithms used by social media companies, we must understand how data can be interpreted and manipulated by those who create and present it. Understanding common graphs and charts, as well as how they can be used to mislead the public, enables us to combat false information and be a more educated citizenry.


    Team

    Priten Shah
    (CEO)

    • Founded and runs United 4 Social Change Inc., a platform for a global community that works to spur social change by training young activists
    • Is the co-founder of Sans Bull. io, a start-up consulting firm
    • Loves to chat about non-profits, South Asia, and technology with others

    Chandani Shah
    (Chief Operating Officer)

    • Developed an intense passion for raising social awareness in society through her participation in debate
    • Loves writing about a variety of topics, but has mostly written about issues concerning women in India for I4SC
    • Enjoys discussing mental health, women’s rights, writing, and social activism.

    Kirk Aleman
    (Chief Financial Officer)

    • Excited about helping the youth understand the endless possibilities their future holds
    • Passionate about diversity/inclusion, especially in entrepreneurship
    • Always willing to have a conversation about what drives you to wake up in the morning!

    Nina Bamberg
    (Director of Programs)

    • MA in International Education Development with a concentration in Peace and Human Rights Education
    • Passionate about environmental justice and combatting educational inequities
    • Loves yoga, podcasts, and her roommate’s cats

    Aislinn McCormarck
    (Programs Associate)

    • Pursuing a degree in English and Creative Writing at Brandeis University
    • Owner of many books (and not enough bookshelves)
    • Enjoys making foam weaponry

    Teddy Delisio
    (Programs Assistant)

    • Very passionate about environmental preservation
    • Enjoys participating in debate and athletics
    • Sophomore at Manchester Essex Regional High School

    Joan Manaloto
    (Graphic Designer)

    • Graduate in Web Development and currently pursuing Digital Marketing
    • Loves art, design, games and anything digital
    • Practices photography and videography in her spare time

    Harshit Shah
    (Animator)

    • Founder of Expert Animators group
    • Completed Master of Information Systems
      with Honors from UNE MIT Sydney campus
    • Like to spend time in Sports and Computer
      Games

    Nishi Surti
    (Animator)

    • Member of Expert Animators group
    • IT person
    • Loves Travel and Photography

    Contributors

    Maya Bharara
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising sophomore at Harvard University studying Government
    • Passionate about women’s rights and equal access to education
    • Loves tea, viola, and color-coded bookshelves

    Clovis Curl
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising Senior at St. Olaf College, majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies
    • Passionate about environmental justice and reproductive rights
    • Enjoys dancing and experimenting with art mediums

    Catherine Curtis
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Pursing a BA/MPP in Public Policy with a minor in Law and Society
    • Passionate about systemic criminal justice and health care reforms
    • Loves to care for and ride horses

    Brandon Dodds
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising junior at Duke University studying classical civilization and Latin, hoping to attend law school
    • Involved with the Rotaract Club of Duke University (2019-2020 president) and is passionate about giving back to his community
    • Enjoys cooking, umpiring baseball, and playing cribbage

    Lucia Gonzalez
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising Sophomore at Smith College, majoring in Government and the Study of Women and Gender
    • Passionate about criminal justice reform, women’s issues, LGBTQ+ rights, and education
    • Loves knitting, baking, and discovering new music during her free time

    Elyse Echegaray
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Recently earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from the College of Wooster
    • Passionate about immigration advocacy and Latinx issues
    • Did improv in college

    Miranda Eng
    (Curriculum Development Associate)

    • Pursuing her Bachelor’s in English at Harvard
    • Passionate about using writing as a tool for social change
    • Loves anything fantasy and sci-fi, and enjoys drawing

    Leah Kaplan
    (Research Fellow)

    • M.A. candidate in Equity and Social Justice in Education at SFSU
    • Passionate about intersectional feminism, equity in education, and holistic health and wellbeing
    • I love world music, swimming in the ocean, and critical social theory

    Veda Kumar
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising Junior at Rice University studying sociology and psychology
    • Passionate about women’s rights, education, and criminal justice reform
    • Loves to read and draw during her free time

    Michael Leven
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising senior at Brandeis University studying psychology and sociology with a legal studies minor
    • Interested in criminal justice reform and increasing support for military veterans
    • Loves sports and is the captain of the Brandeis club soccer team

    Delian Ligon
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Pursuing degrees in Psychology + Education and English at Mount Holyoke College
    • Interested in injustice within the education system
    • Loves to read Jane Austen and go on hikes

    Allyson Margolis
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Political Science
    • Passionate about reproductive rights and equal access to education
    • Enjoys dancing and teaching dance to students in Philadelphia public schools

    Maggie McCoy
    (Senior Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising junior at Smith College, majoring in English and Government
    • Passionate about education and environmental justice
    • Enjoys sci-fi/fantasy books, TV shows, and podcasts

    Shikha Nischal
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Rising senior majoring in Psychology at the University of San Francisco and minoring in Public Service & Community Engagement
    • Passionate about access to education, gender equality, and immigration
    • Has four dogs and can speak four languages

    Samantha Norrito
    (Curriculum Development and Research Intern)

    • Student at Scripps College in Claremont, California; History and Humanities Dual Major
    • Passionate about Reproductive Rights, Privacy and Technology and Prison reform as long as it’s also abolitionist

    Maizie Ober
    (Curriculum Development Intern)

    • Senior philosophy major at Dickinson College
    • Passionate about food justice and animal ethics
    • Loves car camping, giving tours, and vegan baking

    Yesi Camacho Torres
    (Curriculum Development Associate)

    • Pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology (Child Advocacy) 
    • Passionate about children’s growth and development
    • Interested in how immigration, poverty, and trauma affect children’s and adolescents academic performance and formation of cultural identity

    Krupa Patel
    (Curriculum Development Associate)

    • Pursuing a JD and PhD in philosophy at Harvard, with a focus in moral and political philosophy
    • Passionate about human rights, migration, and inequality issues
    • Loves hiking, traveling, reading, and learning from others