Kimberly Ocampo, CURL's First Kale Williams Scholarship Recipient
We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Ocampo, a senior majoring in Education and Spanish, has been selected as CURL’s first Kale Williams Scholarship recipient. Kim has been a key member of the CURL team since joining us in the summer of 2016. As an undergraduate fellow at CURL, Kim has been involved in several of our projects including “Jane Addams Senior Housing Bill of Rights” a project that collected stories from senior housing residents which Jane Addams Senior Caucus will use to advocate for better senior housing policies in Chicago. She also worked on “The Encampment,” a report about the experience of the permanently housed, former residents of the tent encampments under Lake Shore Drive.
Kim is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. After she graduates in May of 2018, she plans to work as a Spanish teacher here in Chicago. As a first generation college student, she has already contributed to educating others through her role as a College Coach in the Summer Scholars Program at Loyola University.
We believe that Kim is a fitting recipient for the scholarship named after our friend and colleague, Kale Williams. Throughout his life, Kale was committed to working collaboratively to better the many communities that he called home. His commitment to fair housing, civil rights, non-violence, and a more just and fair society for all continue to inspire us in our work. This scholarship – still in its early stages – is already contributing to keeping Kale’s work and legacy alive. If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, please click here to learn how.
Congratulations to Kim Ocampo on this scholarship!