Tyler Fleming

Student Info

Graduation Year:
May 2011
Kalamazoo, Michigan

What have you done since graduating and where are you now?
Since graduating, I first headed to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to work for 3 Sheeps Brewing Company. This position allowed me to work really hard during the day, relax on the nights and weekends, and continue to finalize plans for the future. Towards the end of June I was offered a Teaching Fellowship position with an extended learning day program, Citizen Schools, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since mid-July I have been living and working in Santa Fe at De Vargas Middle School, teaching some amazing seventh graders in Math, and English Language Arts as well as Fine Arts and Comic book making apprenticeships.

How did the RCAH prepare you for what you're doing now?
While in the RCAH, through my relationships with specific professors, I had countless opportunities to work with young people through community organizations. Additionally, I became versed in the practice of praxis, acting, reflecting, making adjustments and acting again, which has allowed me to remain flexible and problem solve using minimal resources.

What were your academic interests in the RCAH?
After transferring into the RCAH from the College of Ed. my academic interests remained focused on education, in its many forms. Additionally, after being introduced to academic concepts and technical skills; critical thinking, decolonization, praxis as well as the use of art in social movements became fundamental components to my studies at Michigan State.

What were your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
My favorite aspects of my RCAH experience are without a doubt the relationships I was fortunate enough to develop with community members through my work with my mentors Dr. Dylan Miner and Dr. Estrella Torrez. From fellow undergraduate students to doctoral candidates to internationally acclaimed artists and community organizers/ activists, I have been incredibly blessed to have not only met these amazing individuals, but now have the privilege to consider many, family.

Did you ever take part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU?
With the urging and support of Dr. Estrella Torrez, I served as a Site Leader for the 2010-2011 International Engagement in Mexico program. I worked with over 40 MSU students at community organizations in Merida, Mexico

What words of wisdom do you have for current RCAH students?
My "words of wisdom" can be summarized in a saying that my Mother has always told my siblings and me, live "Everyday Sacred". We have no idea what tomorrow might bring, and it is vital that we live each day to the absolute fullest of our abilities. We will fall, maybe flat on our face, but it is from our lived experiences, the challenges and the blessings that we become the people we were meant to be.