B.S. University of Oregon: Ethnic Studies
M.A. New York University: Humanities and Social Thought
Hillary first boarded a plane when she was one month old and has not stopped traveling. As a child she accompanied her adventurous parents (both of whom are educators) on expeditions through South America, Australia and Africa, searching for reptiles. The desire to understand the natural world and participate responsibly as a global citizen has never left her. She has set foot on 6 continents, living and working abroad over half her life.
Her academic pursuits and subsequent teaching experience have drawn upon her interest in the complexity of the world’s social systems. She holds two interdisciplinary degrees and focused her research on comparative studies of race, power and privilege, human rights education, and psychoanalytic social theories. Hillary believes that varied modes of inquiry allow for a more compassionate and creative understanding of the diversities that exist in our world. Since 2009 she has been living and working in Southeast Asia and Nepal. She has lead 14 experiential education courses, worked on public education advocacy campaigns in Cambodia, and free-lanced for various travel magazines and study abroad journals.
When she is not traversing the world Hillary can be found cooking spicy Thai dishes for friends, practicing yoga, metalsmithing, and reading for hours on end.
“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed