A month or so ago, a friend and I went to see the Allies for Inclusion exhibit at a nearby community college. This exhibit comes from St. Louis University and travels the country helping us all become Allies. Link below describes it all. I know, I have mentioned this before, but now am even more excited as the exhibit makes its way closer to home.
While I rant consistently about all the things we need to do to make our world more inclusive, this exhibit does a much better job than I. My friend and I got choked up more than once and the beauty and power of this exhibit is in its simplicity. There are opportunities to interact with the exhibit and that makes it even more profound. It’s not preachy, it’s not condescending, it’s not about being charitable to those who are marginalized.
What I took away from this exhibit was much more than a bunch of facts about specific challenges others face. I took away the hope that we can connect to those we thought were unreachable. We can most certainly look in the eyes of another and know, without doubt, that we are looking at a person with more in common with us than not, and that we can find ways to engage and enjoy, relate and connect.
And in those connections, we find dear friends, powerful people, dreams coming true, laughter, intimacy.
Here is the good news. An absolutely powerful, caring and empathic high school senior, Brother Advocate, decided to bring this exhibit to our high school. The first high school ever to host Allies for Inclusion. Now, that’s big. Really big. That takes gumption and dedication and conviction. And he has raised the money, communicated with all concerned, sold it to his principal and special education director. He is marketing and gathering volunteers. He is making this happen in 2 weeks. He is doing what the adults in our world could have done if they were true allies for inclusion.
By now the principal has kicked it in gear and is working out all the details. He has space ready, charts filled in, schedules taking shape.
If you are in the area, please come to the exhibit. You can become an Ally for Inclusion. Support Brother Advocate. Support all the marginalized in your community by working toward a better understanding and belief that every single person on this planet is a whole person.
Have a look at the origins of the exhibit and then show up. Support Brother Advocate because what he is doing, as a high school student, is absolutely incredible.
And if you are not in the area, make sure to go to the link above and consider bringing this exhibit to your community.