I have always been passionate about equity, but educational equity became my calling after my first year at Teach for America. It was then that I realized just how much work needed to be done, and how I could really contribute to the fight for educational equity through my work inside and outside of the classroom.
The opportunities I have had through LEE have opened the door to other ways that I can effect change, including during my time as a Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow. During the fellowship, I worked in the Chief of Staff’s office at Baltimore City Public Schools. Every day in the office brought new, exciting challenges.
Two of my major projects were working on a master calendar for district principals with all of their deadlines for the school year, and assisting in the creation and roll out of the new strategic plan.
My work had a great impact on educational equity because the district is directly in charge of what our students have access to, the resources that schools have, what students are learning, and how we hold schools, students, and families accountable for achieving and succeeding. It was an amazing opportunity to be involved in so many big picture plans, and I really enjoyed being a part of the exciting direction that Baltimore City Schools are moving in.
Through the Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship, and other LEE programming, I have narrowed down just where I see myself within the realm of educational policy, and been able to meet and network with people who will help me get there. It also has opened up my eyes to just the number of opportunities, work that needs to be done, and the people who are crucial in leading this effort.
If you are interested in making an impact in policy and advocacy, apply for the Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship today.
Arshia Sethi was a 2015 Teach for America corps member in Baltimore.