Gettysburg Magazine Office Hours - Meet Prof. Hakim Williams

I finished my undergrad studies at a liberal arts college with a 3.94 GPA and a psychology minor, yet I did not know what I wanted to do thereafter. I began voraciously consuming everything I could find on Gandhi, while I worked in after school programs in New York City. One day, I literally Googled the words “education” and “peace” online and found a peace education program at Columbia University. That was my “aha moment;” I wanted that program and nothing else!

After being turned down three times for the doctoral program, I finally got accepted. Through the rejections, I kept a firm gaze on my personal prize: enacting social change in the field of education. Gandhi’s guidance to “be the change you wish to see in the world” undergirds the urgency with which I live my life.

This is the story I share with students often to encourage them in knowing that often in life we have to fight for the alternative visions we have crafted.

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