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Loyola Marymount's GALE Convention Welcome and Keynote Speech

"Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego" - Dr. Gimel

This past weekend, I was invited to speak at the GALE Convention at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The purpose of the GALE convention is to allow alumni and graduate students in the School of Education at LMU to collaborate, build interpersonal relationships and share insight on experiences and ideas. It allows the opportunity for graduate students to present their knowledge, network with alumni and other professionals, and be involved outside of a class setting. Additionally, it promotes diversity in leadership to help future educators respond to our culturally diverse schools.

Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego

Today we honor these 10 women of African descent who are empowering others through education. These bold women have turned failing schools into high achieving academies. They have set new precendents at prestigious universities all across America. During this women's history month, I am following these trialblazers to empower students at Loyal Marymount University tomorrow to talk about Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego. Below is a little snippet.

Education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego. We have come here today to learn how to separate out our ego when we educate. To understand the importance of empowering our brothers and our sisters, those who look like us and those who do not. To ascertain how to educate using tools that do not discriminate, marginalize, and segregate. We have come here today to recognize that even though it is 2017, there is still much work to be done in our system; and that when we educate we must empower because if we are not empowering we are falling short of the call that has been put upon us. If we do not empower, we are contributing to the systematic oppression that has been lying in our system for hundreds of years. We have come here today to realize that without empowerment education does not exist, and progression of people will be dismissed. To know that it is not our ego that we are feeding to say that we have taught at the most prestigious schools or taught hundreds of youth, rather we must comprehend we are called to empower. For education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego. To distinguish between empowerment of self and empowerment of others, that we do not get our credentials to power our egos, but for the generations before us. As change agents, educators, professors, mentors, and directors, we are charged with not only fulfilling our duties in our careers, but most importantly the call that has been put upon our lives. For education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego.
— Dr. Gimel