Kathy's grandma’s name was Beulah Sumner. This is her story in Kathy's words
"This was taken in the 1920's. She was born on a farm, and she was raised by her father and brothers as her mother died when she was very young. After 8th grade, her father said ‘that’s all the education you need’ and my Grandma said ‘no it isn’t’. She left the farm and went into Independence (a small town nearby) and got a job with a family, caring for their kids, cooking and keeping house so she could continue her education. She ended up completing two years of community college."
"This quilt square is from some squares she had stitched which didn’t make it into a quilt. She stitched quilt squares using scraps from dresses my mom had worn out. The dresses themselves were an example of reuse -- the fabric my Grandma used to make the dresses came from the sacks of feed the family used to feed their livestock. My mom (now 87) remembers going with Grandma down to the feed store to pick out the feed so she would have a say in what her dresses looked like. It took three feed sacks to make a dress, and according to my mom, you had to be careful not to get a feed sack with mouse holes in it!"
"My Grandma remained curious her entire life, and set an example for service through relationship that our entire family tries to emulate. My family is so proud and thankful that our Grandma, who stood up to her dad and said ‘I will continue to learn’, is represented in this global collaboration."
'I will continue to learn' ~ Beulah Sumner
‘GO-GN the Global OER Graduate Network, is a network of PhD Candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education. Over two hundred experts, supervisors, mentors and interested parties connect to form a community of practice.’ (Go-GN 2019).
Funded through the OER programme of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and administered by the Open Education Research Hub from the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, GO-GN has placed values of trust, empathy, responsibility and sharing at the heart of its community.
GO-GN intentionally creates spaces through which community members reflexively engage the “experiential wisdom” of their colleagues (Motta & Bennett, 2018, p. 636).
We are Together
Centered in the shared conviction that ‘We are Together’, community members are attentive to an “ethos of care” as they integrate caring relationships into their study of open education, care-fully participating in its innovative “possible becomings” (Bellacasa, 2011, p. 100).
Images by the amazing Bryan M Mathers @bryanMMathers