StreetWise is a Chicago-based street newspaper that provides a flexible employment opportunity for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability, who are the magazines vendors. StreetWise adheres to classic journalism principles, especially giving a voice to the voiceless. Not only does it offer important reporting on injustice and poverty, but it also presents pieces focused on local Chicago culture.
As a volunteer reporter, I report on assignment; however, I have the flexibility in my reporting to follow the story as I see fit. StreetWise offers an opportunity to enhance my skills as a reporter while also giving back—something that is extremely important to me. It also gives me a chance to connect with the Chicago community and learn its story, and to connect with and learn the stories of the people who make Chicago what it is.
My reporting for StreetWise can be viewed on my portfolio page.
University at Buffalo Alumni Network—Regional Leader
My time as a student at the University at Buffalo greatly shaped who I am today—personally and professionally. When I moved to Chicago, I had the opportunity to become a Regional Leader for the university’s alumni base here. Unfortunately, the pandemic has hindered my ability to truly connect with fellow Chicago alumni in person. As the program’s staff adapts to a new virtual world and digital event planning, I continue to run the Chicago network’s Facebook page in an effort to grow alumni engagement with the network and university. I hope to truly step into my Regional Leader role and plan and hold events, ranging from networking opportunities or happy hours to volunteer days and hikes.
I also serve as an adviser and peer mentor for UB’s Career Connector Network. Through that, I offer advice and guidance to current and prospective students and recent graduates on choosing a major, career opportunities within the communications field, graduate school, and transitioning from collegiate to professional life, as well as reviews and edits on resumes, cover letters, and personal portfolios and mock job interviews.