Tour Guide at Clark University
Class of 2020
Hometown: Westfield, MA
During my time at Clark, I have grown significantly as an individual, realizing, accepting, and currently embracing all parts of my identity. Being incredibly passionate about various LGBTQ+ topics, from visibility to rights to HIV prevention and awareness, I love engaging people in dialogues, sharing my insight, and more importantly, learning from others and their stories. I think this makes me a Clarkie because Clarkies are passionate people who are not afraid to express all parts of their identities, so that they may connect with other people and challenge the social norms that our society has strictly held on to for so long.
The second floor lounge of Bullock Hall is probably the most meaningful place on campus for me. I made the best friends of my life there, by just sitting out there as often as possible. We'd hang around talking, staying up all night, and watching Rocky Horror Picture Show over and over, eventually dressing up in the characters' costumes. So many nights were spent there with my friends, whether we were learning more about one another, helping each other through problems, or goofing around.
Complexities of Urban Schools taught by John Ameer was definitely my favorite class. It's a primarily discussion-based class, with dynamic readings that really challenge us to think of potential roots of the economic and racial gaps we see in urban education, as well as what could be done about these issues. Professor Ameer makes what could be an overwhelming or emotionally taxing class very manageable with his unique teaching style, really grounding everything we talk about with a sense of humanity and humor.
For the community service club that I am involved in, Youth Outreach Worcester, as a co-curriculum developer, I am currently working on creating new activities and lesson plans to facilitate discussion with high school students about social issues that they normally do not get the chance to talk about. I am also interning with AIDS Project Worcester, working with their LGBTQ+ youth program SWAGLY.