When maverick-scholar Christiana Peppard was interviewed by Microsoft’s educational blog, “Daily Edventures” on her expertise on Theology, Science and Ethics, she commended The OpEd Project for ‘galvanizing’ her. The interview is a worth-while read, as Peppard’s voice and views are fresh and insightful, offering unconventional views on everything from pedagogy to fresh water to 21st century skills. Below is a snippet on how we served as a cornerstone in her professional development.
Please describe how your professional achievements have advanced innovation in education. What has changed as a result of your work?
Gender matters here, too. The underrepresentation of women and minorities is a huge problem in contemporary American public discourse—I’ve been totally galvanized by The OpEd Project (of which I’m a Public Voices Fellow through Fordham University)—they’re doing crucial, empowering, exciting work to cultivate thought leaders. Here’s the upshot, for me: the world is not composed predominantly of middle-aged white males with degrees from Ivy League universities, despite the fact that they populate the vast majority of American public discourse. Don’t get me wrong: intellectual pedigree can be important, and I like a lot of white males too—I’m married to a great one, and I study the thought of a lot of dead ones—but there’s room for much more diversity at the table of elite education, public discourse, thought leadership and global leadership. I hope to contribute to expanding that circle through my scholarship, teaching and mentorship.