Ambassador before Advocate

Ambassador: a person who acts as a representative or promotor of a specified activity.

Proposed actions for various groups:

  • Promote the success of your arts students. Tell the stories of their triumphs and acts of creation all the time. All. The. Time.
  • Represent the body, the container for the whole person, in every interaction.
  • Proactively care for yourself, gratefully acknowledging what your body has done for you and how far your spirit has soared. Reminder: an inch is still an admirable distance.

Advocate: Publicly recommend or support.

Proposed actions for all groups:

  • Tell the stories with the support of data and anecdotal evidence.
  • Understand the greater landscape so you can hold up your experience to that of the others with perspective, relevance, and specificity.
  • Gather the others.

Advocacy works best if we have been a present and vocal ambassador all along.

Change starts with us and ripples out. What are you seeking to change?

I can help you connect to yourself, to others, and to big ideas. Transformation happens in community.

Definitions from the New Oxford American Dictionary.


Author: Heather Vaughan-Southard

HEATHER VAUGHAN-SOUTHARD is a connector. She uses somatic engagement and creativity to inspire change in people, perspectives, and practices within classrooms, therapy rooms, and boardrooms. She is a presenter in the fields of education, social-emotional learning, somatic practice, and the arts.

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