ESP Biography



ALEXANDER DE JESUS, Student in Environmental Science & AmericanStudies




Major: Environmental Studies

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Zander De Jesus and I am from Quincy, Massachusetts. The main focus of my academic research is environmental justice, particularly thinking about how communities can be protected from environmental health hazards and exposure to pollution. At the same time, to fight for others requires us to challenge systems of power and hold the powerful accountable, for the good of our shared communities. The lessons I teach range from sustainability, to recognizing the power we have and using it for just action, to build shared support networks in our communities. I am affiliated with the Teaching Peace Initiative, which is running several educational workshops on peace, student empowerment, and conflict resolution in Yale Splash. Thanks for reading!



Past Classes

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Locating our Inner Strength, Acting for Positive Change in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
The mission of this class is to provide the tools for participants to create positive atmospheres of peace, and apply what they learned back in their own schools and local communities. This course will be an engaging discussion-based conversation, in which we will focus on what the ideas of peace, positivity, and empathy mean to us, and think about the everyday strategies we can use to feel empowered. In doing so, we will hope to understand how we can use the powerful talents we already possess, learning from examples of peaceful displays of nonviolent power in history. By empowering ourselves as students, we can frame our interactions with others in a way that focuses on respect, inclusivity, and joy for the larger communities we share. Through a variety of interactive activities, we will share our personal experiences and opinions to build strategies for how we can make our futures more positive, peaceful, and successful.


Locating our Inner Strength, Acting for Positive Change in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
The mission of this class is to provide the tools for participants to create positive atmospheres of peace, and bring what they learned back to their own schools and local communities. This course will be an engaging discussion-based conversation, in which we will focus on what the ideas of peace, positivity, and empathy mean to us, and think about the everyday strategies we can use to feel empowered and understand how we can use the powerful talents we already possess. By empowering ourselves as students, we can frame our interactions with others in a way that focuses on respect, inclusivity, and joy for the larger communities we share. Through a variety of interactive activities, we will share our diversity of experiences and opinions to build strategies for how we can make all of our futures more positive and peaceful.


Teaching Peace Initiative Session One: Articulating Peace in Sprout Spring 18 (Feb. 17 - Mar. 03, 2018)
What does peace mean? What does a peaceful society look like? We will brainstorm more general definitions of peace together as a class. Next, we will share our own definitions of peace based on our personal background and values with one another and learn about the diversity of perspectives on a peaceful world.


Teaching Peace Initiative Session One: Articulating Peace in Splash Fall 17 (Nov. 11, 2017)
The Teaching Peace Initiative is an organization run by students for students. Its mission is to provide the tools for participants to create positive atmospheres of peace, and bring what they learned back to their own schools and local communities. This course will be an engaging discussion-based conversation, in which we will talk about what peace means personally to us through a variety of interactive activities, and we will share our diversity of experiences and opinions to build strategies for how we can make all of our futures more peaceful.