• Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows

Trudy Morgan Dadzie

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Education: B.A. Public Policy and Management, Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs

Biography: Trudy is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as a College Chapter Coordinator with  Generation Citizen. She coordinates with Brown University student volunteers, and provides training and support to ensure that they are working effectively to equip middle and high school students with the necessary tools they need to pursue policy-making and participate in the democratic political process. She holds a BA in Public Policy and Management (Honors) from the Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs, SUNY Albany.

Why I Serve: I serve because I believe in the concept of UBUNTU: I am because you are. I have benefited significantly from service from others, including high school mentorship, college preparation and access, and immigrant support. And I consider the services I have received an investment I must carry forward, thus seeking to reinvest by working to ensure that the services and support marginalized groups are sustainable, effective and of high quality. As a VISTA, I  get the opportunity to strengthen the support cycle that I have benefited from and for the people with whom I share mutual experiences and history with. 

Why Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship? I was drawn to Brown University’s VISTA program because of its unique emphasis on community partnerships. For me, one of the best strategies in creating effective change is involving the community itself, which (often disregarded) has peculiar knowledge, willingness and capacity to spark and maintain change. Also, I believe that a service program through Brown University will provide me with extensive resources to enhance my professional, personal and academic experiences.