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,” the Rev. Linda Slabon said in a news release.
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.
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.
Committed to service herself, Sanchez is on the Safe Passage board and works as arts in gardens chair for the community gardens.