DeKALB – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb has hired Gladys Sanchez as the new director of religious education.
“Ms. Sanchez brings creativity, a global perspective, and a strong commitment for justice to our program,” Rev. Linda Slabon said.
Born and raised in the town of Pateros in the Philippines, Sanchez has excelled in her schooling in the U.S. She received her associate’s degree from Kishwaukee College, where she served as the student representative to the board of trustees and was selected to attend the Washington Legislative Summit to speak to representatives about higher education. Among her accomplishments are published poetry, exhibited artwork, and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for her participation in “An Artistic Discovery,” the Congressional Art Competition for high school students.
Sanchez is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education at Northern Illinois University and is an active member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, NIU Dream Action, and the NIU College Parents Group.
As a single parent of a 5-year-old son, Sanchez is committed to children’s participation in social justice. Her vision for a strong religious education program blends values of love and hope with creative ideas and social justice centered projects. She will build connections and have children involved with local service organizations like DeKalb County Community Gardens, Feed‘em Soup, Welcome Cafe and Hope Haven.
“These organizations will help teach our children that everyone deserves to be loved,” she said. “Each connection jumpstarts the thought that we take action for what we believe in.”
Committed to service herself, Sanchez is on the Safe Passage board and works as arts in gardens chair for the community gardens.