If I had a chance to meet with Jesse today, I would show him photos from some of our Cox events, and let him see the amazing family that he’s built. His legacy means so much to all of us.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

I work at Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) as an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE). As an ACE, I manage student volunteers who are taking service-learning classes through Indiana University. I am responsible for training, orienting, and tracking hours for each of these students, and also developing social issue learning plans to introduce them to civic activism and see the impact their work has on the community.

What is something you have learned through your work?

Where do I start? I’ve learned so much in my time at MCUM that it’s hard to condense, but I’d say the most important lesson I learned is how to be an effective advocate for underrepresented communities. Before starting at MCUM, I knew very little about the societal impacts of poverty and just how many things it can affect, but I am now well versed in various initiatives to help lift people out of poverty.

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

Being a Cox Scholar has completely changed my life. The program has given me a voice to make a difference, and I now know so many different ways to make an impact in my community.

Through my work experience, I discovered that I have a passion for consulting, and I plan on using the skills that the program taught me to become a nonprofit consultant.

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

Going to Coxhall Gardens my freshman year. Being able to give back to the program by helping beautify the garden was an extremely rewarding experience. It was like I suddenly understood everything that the program had been teaching us, and it really made me feel like a part of Jesse and Beulah’s family.

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

Outside of the program, I work with several different LGBTQ+ and business groups on campus. I’m a member of the Advisory Board for the LGBTQ+ Center, a member of the Executive Board for Out at Kelley, part of the LGBTQ+ Speakers Bureau, and a member of Net Impact (a sustainable business club).