My approach to mentor and advocate work is shaped by social justice. Social justice is radical empathy that drives a person to advocate for others. Empathy is more than just feeling for others when it comes to social justice. Instead, it extends to include fighting relentlessly for others’ rights in whatever capacity you are able to. Advocacy and fighting for others is not a stationary goal, however. If we focus on one type of advocacy or one kind of liberation, we are doing a disservice to the intersectionality of identities that allows us to accomplish our goals.
It is important to remember that social justice shows up in many different ways. What is most important is selfless and unwavering belief.