Monday, December 3, 2018
Atosha Rypa, a 2018 SEED award winner, studies the sociology of law crime and deviance and is in the DirecTrack to Teaching program. Now a junior in the College of Liberal Arts, it was in her sophomore year that Atosha decided to become a social studies teacher. She began volunteering at North High School and was drawn to the Afro Studies course, recognizing the importance of students seeing their experiences reflected in the curriculum. Atosha also uses her spoken word poetry to teach others, and refers to herself as an oral history book. As an educator, Atosha aspires to teach her students the importance of history so that their knowledge can be a catalyst for change.
Below is a video of the powerful remarks/spoken word she offered at the 2018 Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Nov. 15.