Anne Zweber is a junior education major at the College of St. Benedict. Passionate about Education, Equity, and Interfaith dialogue, Anne is committed to breaking down barriers that allow individuals to better understand one another and show up in spaces as their true and authentic selves. Anne is a member of the Campus Ministry Interfaith team which hosts events to create dialogue about different faith traditions. She is also a Bonner Leader, tutor for the Upward Bound Program, and student advocate. As a recipient of the Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Scholarship, she will spend the summer working full-time for a non-profit on issues of education equity.
Inclusion will change the world. I first learned this by volunteering in a special education classroom when I was twelve. Rather than focusing on their disabilities, I reminded students of their abilities and modeled how they can use them to overcome challenges. This led me to expand my meaning of inclusion by tutoring English Language Learners, where I learned school is not always a safe space for students. Restless with this reality, I created a student-run organization, Building Relationships In Diverse Generations Empowering Equity (BRIDGE), that fights for equitable education and provides a platform for students to share their similarities and celebrate their differences. I carried this passion into college by supporting first generation and low income students pursuing post secondary education. I ensured my students’ access to resources was not the reason they were unable to pursue higher education. In addition, I am a student representative on my school's Inclusive Community Coalition and lead an Interfaith Leadership Team that creates interfaith dialogue and inclusive spaces, no matter one's faith tradition or spirituality. I have witnessed radical change occur when someone belongs and I aspire to continue creating that sense of belonging by sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences.