Dirty Dancing Flash Mob Hits Graduation


At the University of Washington School of Social Work graduation, Ramona Beltran delivered an inspiring and amazing keynote speech. Ramona received her PhD after writing a dissertation entitled Bark made rope, roots made baskets: an integration of space/place, historical trauma, and embodiment as it impacts cardiovascular health in indigenous communities (2010). Ramona, also a dancer, has at times wished she could dance her dissertation.

Ramona’s speech related the journey of social work to a dance movie, drawing back to her love of dance. In that to really do the dance a dancer must embody a dance. To do the mambo, you have to feel the mambo. To do the hard work of social justice, one must embody justice.

In the end, she had a surprise for everyone.



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