People, People, People

The holidays, especially Kwanzaa and New Year’s have reminded me to reflect. Recently, the topic of people and relationships has been on my mind a lot, professionally and personally. I enjoy a robust and diverse friend group and work in a field that focuses on people—and the connections between them. Over the holidays, I caught […]

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Coming OUT as an Ally

When asked during my interview what motivates me to do this work in LGBT advocacy specifically, I responded that I was interested in the power of theatre to cohere and uplift marginalized communities. I gave examples of the oppression that LGBT communities face. I told my boss-to-be that I hoped a year spent working for […]

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Learning to Listen as a Leader

Kouzes and Posner in The Jossey Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership describe the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. This fellowship has given me the opportunity to be around many leaders. Here at the Carolina Thread Trail and the Catawba Lands Conservancy, I work closely with Tom Okel, the Executive Director. I see him […]

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Impact Partners – Davidson College &YES Prep Public Schools

Working as an Impact Fellow for YES Prep Public Schools certainly ensures that my days are never predictable. Collaboration with the Communications, Advancement, and District Partnership Teams provides me with varied insight into the professional world I never would have gained in another postgrad position. Apart from planning the YES Prep College Rush Run, I’ve […]

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Swimming in Trash

Crunch, crunch, crunch. I walked from the trails’ edge to the shoreline—about 10 feet. The crunching wasn’t leaves fallen from the trees, it was trash. Every step was the crunch of trash. Seven Oaks Trail was an incredible graveyard of trash. On the edge of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, we’ve been working to complete […]

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A Day at the Jail to Learn More About What we do.

My time here at Communities In Schools has been full of new opportunities. I have learned so much sense my start in mid-July. Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention program, and here in Charlotte-Mecklenburg we have had great success. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community […]

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Getting Out from Behind the Desk

It’s tough to believe that I have already been working as a Davidson Impact Fellow at Foundation For The Carolinas for nearly 4 months now, the time has really flown by. It has been really interesting to get my foot in the door and learn about how a Foundation, and more specifically, a Community Foundation […]

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Like a fish out of water… a general update

Karibu Sana! You are very welcome! I have been greeted by these words repeatedly for the past 2.5 weeks when people find out that I’ve only just arrived to Tanzania. And I really do feel welcomed–the Touch Staff has been great in making me feel part of the team, Rose (the wonderful woman who does […]

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Four Roommates After Davidson

We say life at Davidson happens in a bubble. Well, for the class of 2013, that bubble has burst and we have been sent floating or crashing into the real world. Maybe it is not that dramatic. We certainly all have different journeys. In this post, I will fill you in about the paths my […]

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Perspective in CLT

           When I originally started brainstorming for this entry, I was so certain that I would write about transitions. I mean, it was so obvious. Here I am: a recent college graduate, in a city that I’ve never lived in before, with bills, loans and rent to pay. Oh my! I had always heard comfortably from […]

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