Site: Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL)
Where did you go to school?
University of Vermont
What are your personal and professional interests?
I’m interested in organizational psychology and how it applies to strategic fund development in the nonprofit world. I have a passion working for and with youth serving organizations as I believe in the power of young people.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I think I would control time…I would be called Tina the time stopper ?
Tell us your story of service. Why do you choose to serve? How do you think you are impacting poverty?
I want to be an effective leader and I believe that service to the community can advance my advocacy strategies and capacities to focus and support youth organizing groups. I’m committed to social justice, equity, and most importantly, the power of young people. I believe youth serving organizations coupled with education reform efforts can be the entry point in a pipeline that builds a regenerating base of leaders for social justice movements. After college, I served as a City Year member to further my knowledge and experiences in education and political structures at an internal level. That year of service truly impacted my path and solidified my environment of leaders that could impact communities at all levels.
The Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) embodies the outcome of collective action utilizing diverse set of stakeholders to further promote and utilize policy debate as an education reform tool. Additionally, RIUDL facilitates the active building of community and support systems to youth in our urban core cities. My role in building partnerships with colleges and communities directly impacts the education pipeline as I continue to build intentional pathways to college access/success to the youth we serve.