We had the good fortune of connecting with Sosamma Samuel-Burnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sosamma, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice is an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to serving as a resource to community members, advocacy organizations, and educational institutions in the pursuit of justice. Our Vision is to inform, impact, and inspire the generations to learn, lead, and do justice together. We are focused on creative, collaborative, and ethical approaches to addressing injustices around the world. We provide a range of information and opportunities for individuals and groups o learn about justice & human rights issues and to engage in ways to make a positive impact on local, national, and international communities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My life’s work has focused on international human rights. It has been not only a career path, but a calling that stems from my faith, education, and experiences. I believe every human being is inherently valuable and has tremendous potentials to impact the world for good. However, many human beings are in circumstances that prevention them from realizing their value and potentials and exercising their human rights. Whether those circumstances are based on poverty, disparity, discrimination, oppression, violence, or other abuse or loss.
What set me on my course to this calling was a combination of my own international background and interests, my education that prepared me through international studies, and my related experiences in the international arena that have deepened my understanding and interest in helping all people in all areas to achieve or at least pursue their potentials.
Human rights work is extremely challenging work. Not only are the issues huge and difficult, but they may not be resolved in my lifetime. Thus, human rights work requires a long range view and one that requires each generation to carry that work forward.
My faith has been a driving force in helping me keep perspective and focus in my work. And, my experiences, both good and bad, have taught me important lessons going forward. I have learned that it is important to persevere because through that perseverance the result is hope. And if I can bring hope to myself, my family, my community, and my world, that may be the best thing that I can provide with my work and my life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I live in Colorado, I have the blessing of sharing frequently my home and community with visitors. I love showing them around my neighborhood that faces the Front Range and Long’s Peak — the majestic view is a great way to start the tour of this area. I also enjoy giving them a tour of Loveland — from downtown, to Lake Loveland, to the Sculpture Gardens, to Devil’s Backbone, to the scenic Hwy 34 drive — Loveland has a bit of everything to enjoy. I would also share with them Estes Park and a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park — truly an epic experience for anyone visiting Colorado. Our first visits to these areas made such an impression on us and I know they do on others as well. And, just north of us Fort Collins is such a fun and vibrant place to wander, shop, and dine. With a longer visit, we can venture to Denver and all the sights of the Capitol City and its nightlife — especially the Performing Arts Center. We could also trek further south to Colorado Springs and visit the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and other great areas there. If time was not an issue, we have always enjoyed visiting the ski communities — especially Steamboat, Crested Butte, and Telluride — all spectacular.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout0ut goes to many individuals who have loved, taught, supported, encouraged, and challenged me to learn, take risks, and lead. I especially am grateful to my parent, T.K. & Ammukutty Samuel, for giving me a remarkable foundation through their example. To my teachers from grade school to high school, college to law school, who invested their time and knowledge to help me learn and develop not only professionally but personally. I am especially grateful to Ms. Gwen Salisbury Myers, Mr. Donald Reimer, and Coach Ely who were especially special high school teachers and mentors, to Peg Schaeffer my Mentor Connection director, to Dr. Penny Rue who was my student activities advisor and mentor in college, and Prof. David Weissbrodt, my law school professor, mentor, and the one who truly opened my career and calling in international human rights.
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