Now that you’ve met the Outreach Team, we wanted to introduce you to the Brown University School Fund Team. (Brace yourself, this is a LARGE group, with a lot of amazing things to say! 🙂
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Favorite Artist/Band: Lupe Fiasco, K’naan
Last Book Read: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Interesting Fact: I almost drowned in the Nile
Hometown: Clarksville, MD
Favorite Artist/Band: Kanye West
Last Book Read: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Interesting Fact: I used to be on a precision jump roping team.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Artist/Band: Bon Iver, Radiohead, Phillip Glass
Last Book Read: Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
Interesting Fact: My brother and I are really close!
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Favorite Artist/Band: Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce
Last Book Read: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Interesting Fact: My favorite TV show is Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Favorite Artist/Band: Ratatat, A Tribe Called Quest, Zac Brown Band
Last Book Read: The Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Interesting Fact: Not related to me, but 48 hours of video footage gets uploaded to YouTube every minute
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Favorite Artist/Band: Gogol Bordello, Man Man, Andrew WK
Last Book Read: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Interesting Fact: I have a labradoodle named Chester.
Hometown: Dumaguete City, Philippines
Favorite Artist/Band: Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade
Last Book Read: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Interesting Fact: Went back to the Philippines for the first time in six years this summer (and for the second time since I moved eight years ago). It was warm and glorious and eye-opening.
Hometown: Miami, Florida & Paris, France
Favorite Artist/Band: Skrillex, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson
Last Book Read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Interesting Fact: I was in the French version of Kidz Bop (Please don’t try to find it).
Hometown: Towson, Maryland
Favorite Artist/Band: Fun., Beyonce, The XX, Beirut
Last Book Read: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Interesting Fact: I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and I have lots of family there!
Hometown: Darien, CT
Favorite Artist/Band: Coldplay, Ingrid Michaelson, Jack Johnson
Last Book Read: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Interesting Fact: I volunteered in EMS throughout high school
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Favorite Artist/Band: Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Nirvana
Last Book Read: The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
Interesting Fact: I once went Zorbing in New Zealand
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Artist/Band: Adele
Last Book Read: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Interesting Fact: My high school volleyball team was number one in the nation for a few weeks my senior year of high school!
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Favorite Artist/Band: The Weeknd, J. Cole
Last Book Read: Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Interesting Fact: Portugal’s national dish, codfish, is actually fished in Norwegian seas
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Favorite Artist/Band: Radiohead, Modest Mouse
Last Book Read: The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
Interesting Fact: I will have at least one pet giraffe by the time I’m 39.
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Favorite Artist/Band: Blind Pilot, Bon Iver, Yo-Yo Ma
Last Book Read: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Interesting Fact: I can whistle through my tongue
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Favorite Artist/Band: Radiohead, Jay-Z
Last Book Read: Anthem by Ayn Rand
Interesting Fact: I have a labradoodle named Izzy
Meet Jean Jacques
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite Artist/Band: J Cole
Last Book Read: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Interesting Fact: I love playing FIFA on Xbox
Hometown: Hewlett Harbor, NY
Favorite Artist/Band: Drake
Last Book Read: Prey by Michael Crichton
Interesting Fact: I am in the Brown 8-year Medical Program
Hometown: Manorville, NY
Favorite Artist/Band: Kanye West, Childish Gambino
Last Book Read: The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
Interesting Fact: My mom still has to cut the crusts off of my bread before I eat it.
How did you first hear about The School Fund?
Saeed: I met Matt, the founder of the club, at a community service opportunity fair.
Laila: Heard about it from Saeed and Matt. As they talked about the goal/mission of the organization, I was immediately interested and got involved.
Adam: Saeed lived in my dorm last year. We became friends and he introduced me
Claudine: I did not hear about it. I saw the album Laila posted on her Facebook of when she went to Tanzania with Saeed which I found so amazing, so the next time I saw her, I asked her about it and eventually got involved.
Mariana: I found it on Facebook, before I got to Brown, when Nicholas D. Kristof mentioned TSF on one of his statuses!
Hunter: Zelalem told me about TSF receiving an award from the Clinton Global Initiative and I knew I wanted to be involved.
What made you excited about volunteering for TSF?
Laila: Being able to work directly for a non-profit/start up with an extremely motivated group of people trying to effect change in educational equality.
Jeffrey: I think the transparency and the organization of the School Fund is exciting and revolutionary, and I wanted to be a part of something that has helped and can help so many people.
Rexy: The mission of the school fund lies at a junction between education and development that fits beautifully with my academic and career interests. There are few things better than being able to help people realize their full potential.
Chinezi: I LOVE everything about TSF. What appealed to me the most was the transparency of the program. You can actually see how your activities are impacting children! It’s such a tangible program. I love it.
Hunter: TSF is a group that creates a very unique atmosphere conducive to the sharing and developing of personal initiatives. It’s awesome!
What do you do for TSF?
Laila: Outreach Officer/ Co-President of TSF @ Brown
Adam: I am on the technology and web communications group, something I’m very excited to get rolling with.
Jeffrey: I am currently training to be an Operations Officer for the national organization, and I am helping to organize the School Fund Gala
Rexy: Writing and editing “Why ___?” pages; setting foundations for Latin American expansion with the Special Ops team.
Michael: I am an Operations Officer for the overall organization, and I work in Web Communications for the Brown University group.
Anny: Rewriting/re-structuring the “Why___?” pages, member of the Web Development Research Team
Hunter: I am a Strategy & Development Officer who works mainly in data analysis
What’s the best part about volunteering for TSF?
Laila: Working with everyone in TSF – amazingly motivated and talented group of people!
Adam: Being able to be part of such a great organization in a laid-back, conversational atmosphere – while still feeling like I’m having an impact in bettering the lives of others.
Rexy: There’s this great feeling of energy, movement, and momentum that accompanies School Fund meetings. You can’t help but feel that good work is being done.
Mariana: If you have any idea of vision, the rest of the team will help you make it come true.
Anny: Every effort requires a lot of initiative and tight teamwork because TSF is completely student-led, but the payoff is tangible and all the more rewarding for it.
Any last words?
Michelle: Fund a TSF student today! : )
Adam: The space between your eyebrows is known as the “glabella”.
Rexy: Get involved! Keep the love going!
Claudine: There is a role for anyone! Even I (a visual arts and comparative literature concentrator) found my niche and made it work =D
Chinezi: This is quite possibly the best organization I’ve ever been a part of.
Michael: Thank you for taking an interest in TSF!
Jamie: GO TSF!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for another “Meet the Team” post, coming soon! 🙂 Thanks again to the Brown University TSF team for being so awesome and inspiring!