I was in DC a couple of weeks ago on spring break and was on campus for another event, when I decided to drop in on the Sociology department to see who was around. I hadn’t been back in several years. I found Sam Marullo, and as we were talking, told me about the alumni newsletter and asked if I would write a little bit about what I’ve been doing since I graduated in 1998.
After leaving Georgetown, I took a summer job at DC Agenda, where I had done my Project DC internship senior year. At the beginning of August, I packed up all of my stuff and drove to Chicago where I began my first year of Amate House, the young adult volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago. That year, I lived with 12 other full-time volunteers, living simply in intentional community. I worked with homeless and low-income individuals, families, and youth at Chicago Uptown Ministry, a multi-service social service agency. It was an amazing job in a dynamic community with the highest concentration of social services in the city. The following year, four of us from the house stayed on to open a second-year Amate House in Little Village, a Mexican neighborhood on the south-west side of Chicago, where I still live. Our jobs were with the cluster of 6 parishes in the area, mostly in social services and young adult ministry.
At the end of two years of full-time volunteer work, I decided to go back to school for my MSW, which I will finish in May! While in school at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I’ve changed focus slightly, as now I am doing research, legislative advocacy, collaboration-building and community organizing around alternatives to incarceration for women through the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
At this point, I’m looking for work in Chicago doing advocacy, policy and/or research, hopefully with collaborations. I love the city and have a great community, so plan to stay. So, that’s the last four years of my life in a nutshell. I’m looking forward to hearing about everyone else!
Aya Waller-Bey (Class of 2014)
Sociology Students Garner Honors (Class of 2012)
Toddchelle Young (Class of 2012)
Ellie Gunderson (Class of 2010)
Donique Reid (Class of 2010)
Maxwell Hsu (Class of 2010)
Rachel Ellis (Class of 2010)
Stephanie Miller (Class of 2009)
Kathleen Noel Benz (Class of 2007)
Rebecca Medway (Class of 2006)
Laurie Okinaga (Class of 2006)
Bill Healy (Class of 2005)
Anice Schervish (Class of 1998)
Dr. Rosemary Barberet Havican (Class of 1983)