Meet Aliza ‘21, David ‘22, and Kathryn ‘22, three of our EDUC 2610 co-facilitators and this week’s #HumansofIDP! Here’s what these three have to say about IDP and one another:
I love being a part of IDP because the lessons are timeless, the connections I create with people in these spaces are meaningful and long-lasting, and there’s truly nothing else like it! It’s my third time facilitating, yet it amazes me how much I learn each year from both my participants and my fellow facilitators. IDP gives me the tools not only to understand people who hold different perspectives from me, but to connect with them and use their experiences to better understand my own. It gives me the confidence to approach conflict, knowing that I am equipped to handle it in a healthy and purposeful way. Being an IDP facilitator provides me the opportunity to be a teacher and the privilege of being a learner- roles that I personally believe everyone ought to embody.
What is your favorite thing about your co-facilitators?
David and Kathryn each have brilliant and unique ways of thinking, and their thoughtful approach to activities and planning make facilitating with them such a great experience. David always makes me smile with good music, dance moves, and basketball updates, while making it seem effortless when getting the class to engage thoughtfully with dialogue ideas and questions. I always appreciate when Kathryn and I have our exciting ‘light bulb’ moments when we realize we’re thinking of approaching something the same way, and her deep dedication to IDP along with her ability to use dialogue skills never ceases to amaze me!
What is the most rewarding part of being an IDP facilitator?
The process of IDP is so messy and challenging and complex, and I love getting to sit inside the discomfort with my students and watch them make their way out of it. They learn so much about themselves and the world, and I learn so much from them. No two semesters are alike, and I love how dynamic the process is so that I can be constantly growing, too. And I’ll never get enough of connecting with such curious, thoughtful, brilliant people.