Numen Lumen l Nelson Ysabel MHE '22 l 3/25/2022
Nelson Ysabel shares about how oppression prevented him from fully living into his dreams and how he finally was able to remove the shackles from his dreams. In a talk focused on sharing about the limitations and webs preventing him from living his life. Using the power of relationships, Nelson realized that he is capable of dreaming and inspiring toward more.
Nelson Ysabel is a 2nd year graduate student in Elon University’s Master of Arts in Higher Education. He is the Graduate Apprentice for the Center for Leadership. A first-generation American, Nelson lived most of his life in Coral Springs, Florida. His family is from the Dominican Republic, where he lived until he was eight years old. Raised in-between cultures, Nelson developed a global citizen identity with a desire to connect with people through food, music, and art. This desire took him to the University of South Florida in Tampa where he graduated with degrees in Music Studies and International Studies. During his time at USF, he became involved in Civic Engagement and Leadership Education where he was able to connect with others through their stories, passion areas, and their desire to create change. Prior to Elon, Nelson lived in Japan for four years, where he worked as an English teacher. While in Japan, Nelson sang in the Kanoya Citizen’s Chorus, studied Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and led Stonewall Japan, a volunteer run organization serving the international LGBTQIA+ community.
Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.
We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?
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