Jake grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended an inner city high school. Following the footsteps of his older sister, Jake came to Michigan, where he found a niche in Project Community's Policy Debate section. Having benefited from the policy debate program at his high school, Jake wanted to use his skills and experience to help kids who were in his situation find pathways to greater educational opportunities. Through the LeaderShape program, Jake was introduced to the terminology of social justice and inclusive communities, and he found the language to describe his own experience growing up in a low-income community. Since finding a social justice community at Michigan, Jake is rethinking his career path and considering a masters in social work after he completes his engineering degree.
Jakes tips for CASC students: CASC gives you the space to think about where you are in relationship to others and the community around you. Find the classes that are interesting to you rather than the classes that fit your schedule, you should take what is actually important to you.