My name is Sinéad Burke. I am a writer and an academic. I amplify voices and instigate curious conversations. Or at least, I try to.
Since my very first day of primary school, I understood and became enamoured by the power of education to combat ignorance, to challenge the status quo and to give agency to the most vulnerable. I wanted to become a teacher, one who ensured that children felt represented, listened to and safe in my classroom. I graduated at the top of her class receiving the Vere Foster Medal from Marino Institute of Education. *humble brag*
Through writing, public speaking and social media, I highlight the lack of inclusivity within the fashion industry and encourage the industry to design for and with disabled people. I critique and am consistently frustrated by the ways in which the media talks about and to women, and offer an alternative conversation that celebrates the achievements of others with the ‘Extraordinary Women’ interview series.
I visits schools, workplaces, government agencies and the White House to facilitate honest conversations about education, disability, fashion and accessibility. I advocates for the inclusion of all and challenge officials to legislate with most marginalised in our communities.
I am currently undertaking a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin on human rights education that specifically comments on the ways in which schools allow children to have a voice. I values kindness, empathy, volunteerism and am an ambassador for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Irish Girl Guides.
If you would like to know more, get in touch!