For the second year in a row, I've been asked to write a narrative based on the inspiring life of a Loyola Marymount University Hidden Hero. It's an incredible honor to be asked to work on a project like this. The award recipient I was assigned to interview and write about is Dr. Ernest Rose, an educator devoted to supporting individuals with disability, who are some of the most marginalized people in this country. I conducted two interviews with Dr. Rose and crafted a narrative to be performed by an actor at the awards ceremony on October 24th. Dr. Rose is an amazing person who has worked in support of individuals with disability since he left undergrad in the early 70s. In speaking with Dr. Rose, and writing his story, I learned much about how I see and interact with people. I'm so fortunate to have been asked to do this project.
Dr. Rose is the last person to congratulate himself for a job well done; he never put himself front-and-center. He truly is a hidden hero to those most in need of support. The text below is from the LMU website:
Exemplify justice and reconciliation in their lives...
The CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice honors individuals and groups who exemplify justice and reconciliation in their lives. Beginning in 2013, the CSJ Center honors faculty, staff, student and alumni through an award named "Hidden Heroes." Each awardee will be honored through the telling of their story in a dramatic performance. There is also a time for each recipient to be honored through the giving of an award and celebration with family, colleagues and friends at a reception in their honor.