• Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows

Evert Finger AY2017-18

Hometown: Evans, Colorado

Education: A.B. Sociology and Urban Studies, Brown University

Biography: Evert serves as the Brown University Coordinator of Community-Based Research and Academic Programs via AmeriCorps VISTA. He hails from the plains of Northern Colorado, is passionate about education and is a connoisseur of cupcakes. In his position, he aims to bring community engaged scholarship to the forefront of Brown Academics, while simultaneously strengthening and building relationships with community partners, faculty and the Swearer Center. He graduated from Brown University in 2016 with his B.A. in both Sociology and Urban Studies and will graduate in 2018 with his Master's in Urban Education Policy.

Why I Serve: I serve because there are lessons in serving underrepresented populations that can't be taught else where. Being able to understand different frameworks and perspectives is something that will shape the way I interact with people and places for the rest of my life. Knowledge is invaluable and this year is all about learning and growing both for the communities that I am working with and myself.

Why Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship? The reason that I am serving through the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship is because I wanted to give back to Providence. It has not only shaped my academic career, but professional and personal trajectory as well; because of that I wanted to take the knowledge and skillset that the University and Providence gave me to give back.