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Sean Sanford

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I am a Colorado-based activist, researcher, and writer with international experience, a passion for empowering people to improve their lives and mobilize their communities, and keen interests in economic and social democracy, people's history, international and intercultural relationships, voluntary community, alternative economic development, and conscientious relationship with and stewardship of both natural and human-created ecosystems.

Growing up in the multicultural suburb of Aurora, Colorado, I developed strong, life-long interests in history, theories of governance, and the diversity of human cultures, countries, religions, and languages. As the son of US Air Force service members, I spent many years of my childhood and adolescence overseas, experiencing local cultures and making friends in cosmopolitan Berlin, rural England, and northern Japan, where I began my five-year journey in learning the Japanese language.

At Georgetown University, I pursued a major in Sociology with a focus on community research, which allowed me to leave the privileged "bubble" of Georgetown and both volunteer and learn in DC's inner-city neighborhoods, such as cataloging potential affordable-housing resources, helping teach DC history and civics to 5th-graders, and providing food to homeless individuals at Metro stations and parks. I also participated in social activities with the African Students' Group, Muslim Students' Association, and Outdoor Adventure Team. During my college years I became a member of the progressive, socially-active All Souls Unitarian congregation, culminating in a senior research thesis on the church's first African-American senior minister, Rev. David S. Eaton, from 1969 to 1992. Additionally, I completed minors in both Japanese Language and History, while also taking courses in Political Science, Statistics, Theology and Journalism.

Moving back to Colorado after graduation, I worked for Denver Public Schools as a charter school liaision, supervising and collaborating with over a dozen charter schools to meet their needs and ensure their compliance and satisfactory academic performance, and also receiving a "crash course" in communicating and networking withing a complex public bureaucracy. Seeking to work more "in the field" and directly with people, I applied and was accepted into the highly competitive Denver Teaching Fellows, teaching ECE/Pre-K for five years at a largely Latino neighborhood public school in North Denver. At this point, I am looking to leave the teaching profession and pursue my interests in more direct community work as well as practical and academic research.

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