Honors World Religion has another Guest Speaker

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Honors World Religion has another Guest Speaker

The senior Honors World Religions course continued their Skype Speaker Series based on answering the question “what does it mean to be human?”.

Our speaker, Stephanie Hairston, began by positing that, as humans, we all have an obligation to leave this world a better place than when we found it. What followed was a conversation encompassing everything from removing the stigma around mental health to the film Black Panther and the importance of representation in the media.

Stephanie Hairston is the co-founder and Vice President of EZ Learning Academy (South Florida’s premiere SAT & ACT tutoring company), as well as a self-professed geek. She grew up in Pennsylvania, obtained her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School, and graduated summa cum laude from Howard University. At Howard, Stephanie was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and completed an honors thesis exploring African American adolescents’ academic achievement. She has also studied musical improv with the Washington Improv Theatre and is likely to burst into song when you least expect it.

Stephanie has written and presented research papers for the University of California San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry and the National Institute of Mental Health. However, she is most passionate about education. As a professional reading and writing tutor, she has worked in the public schools of Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Hollywood, Florida, in private homes throughout Miami, and now, in her office in Coral Gables. When she isn’t filming improv sketches or rewriting pop songs to illustrate SAT concepts, Stephanie enjoys teaching improvisational acting and writing fiction for young adults.

Overall, the students were impressed with Stephanie’s open and honest approach to speaking with them.  It was a chance to see things from another person’s perspective and learn the role education, environment, and life experience have played in creating that perspective.