Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellowship
The LACE Fellowship "enhances academic and co-curricular experiences through both experiential learning and opportunities for personal and professional development. After completing a 300-hour community service requirement and other complementary activities, fellows receive a $1,200 education award". I have participated in the program for two years now, working alongside Social Enterprise Greenhouse, an incubator for social entrepreneurs, in 2014 and Sojourner House, a domestic violence shelter for men and women, in 2015. I helped SEG with graphic design projects and worked with one of their enterprises on using visual language to appeal to customers. At Sojourner House I monitored the hotline at their transitional shelter, helped out with domestic and administrative tasks, and observed the daily duties of the social workers.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Leader
ASB is an annual week-long program that believes in providing a platform for dialogue, reciprocity, and mutual respect within various communities. Focusing on a certain theme in a chosen city, student leaders guide peers in conducting service projects with local organizations and exploring the city around them. In 2015, I served as a team member traveling to New York City addressing the theme of domestic violence. In 2016, I served as a team leader in which I designed and coordinated the program alongside three other students. With my partner Tommy, I led a team of ten students to Washington, DC where we focused on the theme of political activism in light of both the current presidential election and the lack of student involvement with politics. We worked closely with anti-police violence organization Campaign Zero to acquire new activist skills and techniques to implement on campus and at home. My team and I learned about new ways of forming a movement/organization in the 21st century, how policy change can come from the ground-up, and the importance of art and design in activism all whilst also grappling with the ethical issues that come along with the work, such as the role of the outsider in building community and how to correctly address a sensitive subject. Being an ASB leader and directing the formation of a team project exposed me to a new level of leadership in which my engagement with the team has to be personal and real in order to be the most effective.
Pre-Orientation Service Experience (POSE) Leader
POSE is "an intensive five-day program for incoming freshmen to engage with the community around campus. POSE exists to break the RISD bubble, the idea that students can become stuck in an inward-looking culture in college and become apathetic to the needs and opportunities of the world around them". I was a leader for RISD's Pre-Orientation Service Experience for 3 years. Acting as a mentor for incoming freshmen during their first week on campus, I work in a cohort of eighteen student leaders to design and coordinate the execution of the program. Using service collaborations with local Providence organizations and activities that ease the freshmen into their new surroundings at the school and in the city, POSE introduces students to a campus culture of civic engagement.
March 2014 - June 2017
team leader; project manager; team member; intern; fellow
service learning; community service; community building; social design; community arts; social entrepreneurship; domestic abuse; social work; political activism; police brutality; public art; civic engagement