Why do I give to Oakwood?
Oakwood lived up to its promise to me, as it has for so many other students over so many generations: it nurtured the spirit, the scholar, the artist, and yes, the athlete within me. It turned out that the first three were easier than the last, but in the long term none of us gave up on it. I give to Oakwood for that reason: so that young soccer stars can discover a passion for music performance, so that freshly-minted activists can learn strategy lessons from the finer points of U.S. History or the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, and so that talented actors can realize how what they love to do most can be a force of change in the world. Whether in yourself or in a student you know, I am sure that you have seen the way that Oakwood changes lives, and I hope that you will join me in celebrating that by giving this year.
After graduating from Oakwood in 2007, Nick attended the University of Chicago (BA History, 2011) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (M.Ed. Youth Development, 2014). He has worked in a variety of non-profits, churches, and youth spaces around the city of Chicago, in part through his two Years of Service with the Episcopal Service Corps (2011-2013), and since 2014 has worked at the University of Chicago's Community Service Center (UCSC) where he currently serves as the Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Advising. In this role he works with student leaders to nurture their passion for service and civic engagement, and frequently finds himself applying lessons he learned as far back as his own Oakwood days.