Hello, my name is Jared Brodie and I am an upcoming second year student at the University of Chicago. I plan in double majoring in public policy and German with the hope of being either a lawyer or German professor. My philosophy towards community service is that it should be very personal. Lasting changes occur within communities when relationships are built amongst people within the communities and those that are trying to help it: strong communities are a byproduct of strong communal relationships.
I believe that the Henry Williams Love Foundation embodies this philosophy which is why I am excited to work with them this summer. From what I have observed, the Henry Williams Love Foundation is primarily concerned with building lasting relationships within Chicago communities so that change can result.
The current global pandemic has negatively affected a multitude of people. I sympathize with anyone who has lost a loved one because of the virus. On an optimistic note, I hope Covid-19 causes the country, and the world, to unite based off of our common humanity. So often we, as humans, have a tendency to focus on our differences and to neglect our similarities. I think the world would be a better place if humans prioritized our shared humanity over the various differences that we may have.
Concerning the recent uprising around equity within the United States, I am very pleased with what I am seeing. It’s extremely heartwarming to see individuals of various backgrounds come together for the common goal of equity amongst all humans. I only hope that when the fight for equity is won, that individuals fight for the correction of other injustices within our country with the same vigor that they have showed during the fight for equity.
On a personal level, I really enjoy watching sports. I spend the majority of my free time watching them and talking to my family about them. Currently I play on the University of Chicago’s ultimate frisbee team.
One goal that I have for my internship with the Henry Williams Love Foundation is to learn how to write grants. Writing is one of the most useful tools in society; therefore, I know that I will benefit heavily from learning this skill. I plan to achieve this by learning the process of grant writing from the staff at the Henry Williams Love Foundation and by utilizing the writing resources that the Foundation provides me.