I am thrilled to say that the Adventist Women 4 Peace blog is finally back and running again… with one small change— a new editor. Professor Victoria Bresee has, unfortunately, stepped down. I know that she will be greatly missed, as she has made a huge step in connecting not only Adventist Women worldwide, but any who believe in the cause for peace and social justice. I believe that the best way to acknowledge the importance of another’s work is to not let it die, and that is one of the reasons I was very excited to meet with Professor Bresee about continuing the blog.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zulema Ibarra, and I am currently a senior at La Sierra University, finishing up an individual major in Emerging Voices in Cross-Cultural America. Yes, it’s a mouthful, but as it was designed to cater to my specific interests, I have loved every one of my classes. They have taken me through a fascinating discovery of the modern American voice, by examining in-depth the experiences and opinions of those whose voices have not always been heard, from women to immigrants to the rural poor. This, coupled with my love for diversity and progress, has led me to my position as co-president of the Students for Social Justice Club at La Sierra. Other activities I enjoy are drama productions, music (I was a part of the LSU Orchestra for three years), writing, discussions of all sorts, observing nature and change, and finding the beauty in life.
I was born in Mexico, but have been raised in the U.S. all my life. The East Coast is where my heart is, having lived in upstate New York until my early teens. However, I am indebted to the Southern California open-mindedness I’ve experienced for my intellectual development. Further, the desert air and expansive fields of the Imperial Valley, where I currently call home, have softened my heart towards the uniqueness of the desert and fostered my interest in migrant labor and rural poverty.
Coming from these lenses, I hope to build onto Professor Bresee’s foundation, and invite all of you to help me keep the conversation ongoing. Blogging is an excellent way of learning from each other and engaging in meaningful and constructive dialogue, so I welcome you to share your thoughts. I will be updating as often as possible and at least once a week, but being a student, I know that there may be a couple weeks’ gap here and there (specifically during finals). If you would like to contribute a post to this blog, please contact me and we can discuss the details of posting it. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please reply to this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to keep checking the blog for new posts coming soon!