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Graduate Program: Social and Applied Philosophy
Undergraduate Degree, Institution: Religious Studies and Spanish, St. Norbert College
Trinity Nonprofit Agency: Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Research and Program Assistant
I served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in East LA during the 2011-2012 program year, working as a legal advocate at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. I met with tenants facing eviction, and worked in conjunction with a supervising attorney to offer them information and prepare legal documents.
I also served in the Amate House in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago during the 2012-2013 program year. There, I worked at Taller de Jose as a “Companera,” assisting clients in accessing a wide array of social, medical, and legal services. In taking countless busses and trains to courts, police stations, and hospitals with my clients, I learned a great deal about navigating various systems. Perhaps more importantly, however, I was given the opportunity to get to know my clients and learn from their stories.
During my fellowship, I worked at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as a research assistant in the Civic Engagement department. In that role, I utilized Census data and reports to learn about many issues affecting metro Milwaukee, including race, education, poverty, housing, and employment. In the community, I met with area leaders to talk about racial equity and presented the Foundation’s Vital Signs benchmarking report to a variety of groups. I also worked with my supervisor to plan a study of Latinos in the Milwaukee area, which involved convening an advisory committee and assisting in selecting researchers to conduct the study. My work enabled me to analyze on a deeper level the obstacles to opportunity faced by many in this region, especially communities of color.
I will continue to work at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation during the summer, and after that I hope to find another nonprofit employment. I may eventually pursue a PhD in philosophy.
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