I am an artist, mother, professor, and feminist. I have taught at Wayne State University in Detroit for over 30 years. I teach all forms of traditional printmaking to a diverse student body. I value each student as an individual with a story to tell, and many have opened up to me. In the last few years, it seems as though more students than ever are sharing stories of trauma and survival. I support them by listening, avoiding prescriptive advice, encouraging them to build support systems, and directing them to services available on campus. Their honesty has led me to further interrogate the dynamic nature of teaching, art making, empathy, responsibility, accessibility, education, and how we uphold individual values while irrevocably entwined in a global society.