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Greensboro, NC :: Racism & Poverty

Meet the Trip Leaders

Katie Jarrell '14

Hey everyone! My name is Katie Jarrell, and I am a rising senior from Dry Creek, West Virginia. I went on the Greensboro Volunteer Venture trip as a first-year, and this will be my third year as a leader on the same trip! I'm a Biochemistry and German Language double major, but I have done a lot of work with the Shepherd Alliance Program at W&L as well. This summer, I'll be volunteering at the Delta AHEC free clinic in Helena, AR, as part of the Shepherd Internship Program. On campus, I am really involved with Traveller (W&L's sober ride program) as part of the Steering Committee, Mock Convention, Reformed University Fellowship Ministry Team, W&L German Club, and Generalprobe (German theater production). I'm also a peer tutor in Chemistry and German. When I have some free time, I enjoy skiing, kickboxing, and pick-up volleyball. Volunteer Venture has been one of my favorite W&L experiences, and I cannot wait to meet you all and share it with you!


Brett Bauer '15

I am a rising Junior from Nashville, TN and double majoring in Politics and Religion. After I finish at W&L, I hope to go to law school. At Washington and Lee, I am the Co-Chair of Concert Administration and Operations for the General Activities Board (GAB), the Junior Chair for Students Against Rockbridge Area Hunger (SARAH), a member of Southern Comfort, and an active member of Greek life. I enjoy most sports (especially football, hockey, and basketball), Workaholics, Wilfred, and South Park. Also, I play the guitar, banjo, and bass guitar. The Greensboro trip is incredible because of the strong relationships that are formed during the week. I have been a part of the Greensboro trip since my freshman year and enjoy it even more each time. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Volunteer Venture: Greensboro, focuses on race as a contributing factor to poverty. With its rich Civil Rights history, Greensboro provides an exciting and inspiring forum to begin conversations about race and poverty. Working with several agencies in metropolitan Greensboro that serve disadvantaged populations, participants will begin to understand the political and cultural climate which gave rise to one of the nation's first Sit-In movements.

By volunteering at agencies during the week, with clienteles ranging from children to homeless, frequenting a soup-kitchen to home construction, students see the many faces of poverty and hear their many stories. Volunteer Venture: Greensboro is designed to raise questions that require examination throughout your time at Washington and Lee and life.

To see more about what you'll be experiencing in Greensboro, feel free to visit these links:

Questions or comments? Please contact Jenny Davidson, Coordinator of Student Service Learning, at or 540-458-4669.

Maximum Number of Participants: 15