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.
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.
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.
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.
We live in a digital world and are constantly confronted with information coming from the news and social media, with little to no emphasis on the need to think critically about its source and accuracy. Understanding how to interpret this information, decipher fact from fiction, and combat misinformation is essential to being an engaged and informed citizen of the world.
Priten Shah,a Harvard-educated serial entrepreneur, is fervently dedicated to pioneering innovative educational solutions that meet diverse learner needs, leveraging experiences from teaching in various settings globally. Currently steering two ventures, United 4 Social Change and Pedagogy.Cloud, he develops tools ranging from animated civics education materials to AI-enhanced classroom resources, aiming to foster healthier democracies and keep educators abreast of rapid technological advancements. Driven by the belief in the transformative potential of technology, Priten harbors the ultimate ambition of preparing individuals for a dynamic future, emphasizing bespoke educational approaches and promoting accessibility in civics education.
Through her avid participation in debates, Chandani has cultivated a fervent passion for elevating societal consciousness, particularly in the realms of mental health and women's rights. A devoted contributor to Indians 4 Social Change, she has illuminated pressing issues facing women in India, leveraging her love for writing to explore a myriad of topics. Balancing a rich palette of interests including writing, and social activism, Chandani not only enjoys but thrives in environments where the discourse on mental health and women's rights is fostered, working tirelessly to advocate for change and awareness in these critical areas.
Kirk is a visionary dedicated to empowering the youth, nurturing their understanding of the boundless opportunities that await in their futures. Deeply passionate about diversity and inclusion, especially in the entrepreneurial landscape, he actively seeks avenues to foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for all aspiring entrepreneurs. With an open heart and a keen ear, Kirk is always eager to engage in enriching conversations that delve into individual motivations and dreams, encouraging people to articulate and pursue what truly drives them to rise each morning with purpose and vigor.
Nina boasts a rich educational background with a master's degree in International Education Development, further honed by a specialized concentration in Peace and Human Rights Education. This solid foundation fuels her fervent passion for environmental justice and her unyielding commitment to eradicating educational inequities, in pursuit of a world that embodies fairness and sustainable principles. When not immersed in her advocacy work, Nina finds joy and balance through traveling and yoga, nourishing her mind with podcasts, and challenging herself with puzzles, embracing a holistic approach to both personal growth and her broader mission for societal betterment.
Anthony is a Muhlenberg College alumnus where he honed his skills in theatre and dance, a foundation that propelled him into a rewarding career as a performing artist, administrator, and educator. Deeply passionate about fostering collaboration over competition, he leverages the arts to celebrate our shared humanity, encouraging expressive freedom and unity through his multifaceted roles. Outside of his professional life, Anthony is a proud pet parent to the cuddliest and friendliest pitbull, Cooper.