Mentee Inspired by Mentor’s Passion

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 19, 2011 in , , | No Comments

We are happy to present the first in our series of guest bloggers.

The bloggers will be giving you a glimpse into their personal mentor/mentee experiences. Some spotlighted relationships may have grown into deep personal friendships, while others might be purely business in nature–mentees observing their mentor at work. No matter the depth of the relationship, mentees will testify to the importance of their mentors. Guest blog posts will appear, sporadically, but always on a Tuesday.

Please welcome Patricia Herlevi, of Seattle, Washington. Ms. Herlevi is a talented lecturer, workshop instructor and music researcher who develops and produces music-related multimedia presentations. She has published articles in Moviemaker, ColorsNW, Early Music America, World Music Central, Global Rhythm, The International Examiner (Seattle) and many more. She authors two blogs: Whole Music Experience and Pacific Northwest Author.

I returned to college for a worker retraining program in 2007. I found the first quarter unbearable, trying to keep up with class work, group projects, papers and tests, especially when I wasn’t working at the time, didn’t have enough to eat, and felt stressed out over bills. I had thought of dropping out of the program, but decided to stick it out one more quarter.

Through synchronicity, I enrolled in a world hunger course taught by a professor/anthropologist originally from Bangladesh. I arrived late on the first day of class and what I noticed and admired right away, was the passion and compassion that the professor radiated, like a lioness. She strongly believed and promoted the concept that chronic hunger is caused by lack of financial resources, poor distribution of food and inequality; not because of lack of food supplies.

I felt like a duck in water taking this course. I felt inspired by the professor’s passion and I actually enjoyed reading the materials provided for the class. I spent 8 weeks on my research paper and studied hard for all the tests. The other thing I enjoyed about the class was that the students came from different parts of the world (the college had a large international student population). And the professor drew out stories of these places from the students. She showed us respect and gave us all encouragement to explore world hunger/food security issues, while also learning to embrace the cultures represented in the class.

After taking this course I learned everything I could about food security. I’ve involved myself in public debates on the topic, wrote letters to political officials and and I published articles on the topic. And while I’ve always cared about chronic hunger, I didn’t get active with solutions for the problem until after taking Professor Rizvi’s “World Hunger” course.

Patricia Herlevi, 2011