Jamie Rudd: A Community-Minded Spirit

Jamie Rudd graduated from University of Rochester in May 2017 with B.A.s in Anthropology and English. This year she is serving as a Rochester Youth Year Fellow/AmeriCorps VISTA at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Her project focuses on supporting the Gandhi Institute’s School Climate Transformation program which utilizes restoratives practices as a means to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. 

What attracted you to Rochester Youth Year?
I knew I wanted to do a year of service after I graduated from college and Rochester Youth Year would allow me to do that service in a community I already felt connected to.

How would you describe yourself?
I identify as a morning person, workaholic, social activist, outdoors-woman, vegetarian, outgoing introvert, & Wes Anderson fanatic.

Why do you find meaning in service?
I can’t think of a better place to put my energy than working for my community. If there are things I can do to improve the lives of the people around me and make society more equitable, I want  to do them.

How does RYY fit into your professional goals?
I hope to have a future in community development and RYY is great first step down that path.

What’s one fact that some people don’t know about you?
While studying abroad, I wrote an article on water buffalo raising in northeastern Thailand that was published in the Isaan Record, a news site that reports on grassroots movements in the region.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I would be an African Wild Dog because they form close social bonds, have gender equality in their hierarchies, vote to make decisions, live in a variety of habitats, and have independent females that leave their home packs to lead new lives with the pack of their choosing.

Thanks, Jamie for your service and continued dedication to creating community-led solutions!

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