Prof. Sheryl Santos-Hatchett is the Dean of Education and Human Services Division at University of North Texas at Dallas. She previously served as dean and professor in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. She worked at California State University in Bakersfield, Arizona State University in Tempe and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her areas of expertise include bilingual education, multicultural education, curriculum and instruction.
For me, he’s a perfect person. I just read many of his books, and I felt that the things that he’s trying to accomplish, although he’s very modest and he doesn’t take credit, but his ideas live, and his goodwill and the service that he tries to provide through his writings and his speeches and the website, it spreads out to other people, and they hear this message. And that’s the way that other people are able to gather what it is that Mr. Fethullah Gülen is trying to impart to the world. Which is to live together, to be in peace, to provide education for the people.
The emphasis of Hizmet on education is probably, for me, the most important aspect. Because you’re working with children. Children that are going to be the next generation of adults. And many adults already have their set ideas. And maybe they’re not the right ideas. But when you work with children, and you bring in children from different backgrounds and different nationalities, and children that are at risk, it’s not easy, but it is a labor of love. And when you work with children in schools, you’re going to make a change in your society, eventually.
The people that think that the Hizmet Movement is not real are the ones that don’t know about it. Because if they knew, they would know it’s very real. And they would know that the people that support it, and work in that arena, are honest, and really have this desire to help others. You know, there’s many people in the world that want to help, and they don’t know how, and I talk to those people all the time.
I would like to see more of Fethullah Gülen’s works be brought into the University. When we teach multicultural education, and we teach about movements, we should incorporate. So right now, only the people that know, know. And I think that it needs more exposure. More exposure, and positive exposure. Unfortunately, many times when the media pick up something, it’s not the right thing.