Founder, SHE COUNTS
There are myriad opportunities to participate and have a seat at the table as active and engaged citizens. I hope to see you on campus in the fall.
On behalf of the community of Grinnell, and as the parent of a Grinnell grad, I extend congratulations to you on your admission to Grinnell College!
I understand that the current COVID-19 crisis is creating uncertainty, and that it may even seem surreal to be thinking about moving to a new place when travel within our own communities is limited. How are you supposed to decide the course of the rest of your life when perhaps you have never set foot in Grinnell?
I understand some of those concerns. More than 30 years ago, I left my home country — equipped, of course, with no cell phone or internet access — so finding “community” was important for me. I have found the town of Grinnell to be a very close-knit community.
Grinnell has allowed me (as a person of color) to pursue my passion for social justice and entrepreneurship. I founded the SHE COUNTS organization to support and empower girls and women in our county. We do this by supporting initiatives such as a first-generation program and an after-school math club for elementary-aged girls. I serve as a member of two local boards: a retirement community (Mayflower) and a non-profit thrift store (Second Mile). I am also on committees addressing food insecurity, equity in service delivery, city planning and zoning, and post-storm tree replacement.
There are myriad opportunities to participate and have a seat at the table as active and engaged citizens. I hope to see you on campus in the fall, but wherever you go, commit to being an engaged citizen. It will make a difference in your life and the lives of others!
(proud mom of Joel Baumann ’18)