While a student at Gettysburg College I was involved in a variety of Civic Engagement and Social Justice programs and decided that whatever I did after graduation I wanted to be working with a community on social issues. When I was offered a position at Western New England University (WNE) working with the Springfield Housing Authority and Springfield School Volunteers through Massachusetts Campus Compact I decided this was the perfect opportunity for me. Not only would I be working on social issues in Springfield, but I would also be working with students, learning from them and participating in the development of their social consciousness. One of my primary roles is to further develop the partnership between the University and the Springfield Housing Authority. This program is very new, and I have been working with the Grants Coordinator at one of the developments to determine how WNE students can work with residents of the Housing Authority to support their pursuit of their GEDs and other goals. My experience as a MACC VISTA has been amazing, I have learned a great deal about working with community partners and students on a campus-community partnership, and I have witnessed the development of programs during my term as a VISTA.
Western New England University