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Fighting Poverty with Passion

The Kids Are Alright – Beau Braddock

I practice my pensive look as Tulane President Mike Fitts addresses the group

I practice my pensive look as Tulane President Mike Fitts addresses the group

The spring is flying by! It’s graduation time here at Tulane, and all of the seniors and graduate students are preparing for the big weekend of festivities, their families coming into town, and some memorable moments with their classmates.

CPS' Avery Brewton stands with some of the hard working graduating service leaders who were presented awards

CPS’ Avery Brewton stands with some of the hard working graduating service leaders who were presented awards

Here at CPS, I’ve been able to watch the graduating seniors of the Tulane Class of 2015 over the last year, and I’ve enjoyed my unique perspective of the Tulane experience in this way. From stressing out over their honors theses to trying to find a job to making sure that their final service projects are sustained after they graduate, the students whom have come in and out of CPS everyday over the past year are some of the hardest working youngins I’ve ever been around. Their passion for service is evidenced in their amazing long-term projects that they have completed, ranging from subjects like environmental justice and food security within historically low-income areas of the Deep South to incorporating more inter-sectional programming into the Tulane undergraduate curriculum for service-minded students.

Some of the CPS staff with Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein and the graduating seniors

Some of the CPS staff with Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein and the graduating seniors

For about thirty of these hard working students in recognition of their commitment to service while at Tulane, they were invited to a special luncheon at No. 2 Audubon Place, the beautiful former United Fruit Company mansion on St. Charles Avenue where former Tulane Presidents have typically resided. President Mike Fitts, Provost Michael Bernstein, and CPS Executive Director Agnieszka Nance recognized these students at the luncheon where they were each given an award bestowed annually for students whom have exhibited such dedication to their community during their academic careers. Just being in the room with all of them was a privilege in and of itself, and it made me feel incredibly proud to know that my alma mater was responsible for nurturing and producing these young men and women of profound academic strength and community service work. I wish I could have stayed longer at the house, since it was my first (and most likely last) time being able to attend an event in the incredibly maintained piece of architectural history. But then again, you never know what the future has in store…

Graduating Senior Julia Turkevich, who will serve as a Tulane Fellow at WWAV next year, poses with Tulane University President Mike Fitts upon receiving her award

Graduating Senior Julia Turkevich, who will serve as a Tulane Fellow at WWAV next year, poses with Tulane University President Mike Fitts upon receiving her award

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About beaubraddock

Beau is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow with the Tulane University Center for Public Service in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated in May of 2014 from Newcomb-Tulane College with a BA in International Relations and International Development, and previously worked in Haiti and India. Beau loves to draw, paint, back-pack, fly-fish, pretend he is good at photography, and travel. An adamant lover of indie films and all things edible, Beau once escaped a falling burning tree in a forest, even though no one else was there to hear it.

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