June 9, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Roopa Mulpuri
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Roopa! She’s a Junior in the SFS studying International Security, with a minor in Italian. She will be combining her mentorship experience in D.C. with her academic and professional backgrounds at her fellowship with Mann Deshi Bank in Mhaswad, India.
What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I will be working with Mann Deshi in Mhaswad, India. I’m really excited to be there, because I think it will give me the opportunity to experience a side of India that most tourists never see. India is a country with diverse landscapes and cultures from the North to the South. I have only ever had the opportunity to visit my extended family in Andhra Pradesh, so I am thrilled to be able to experience a less familiar part of India.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
I choose to participate in service activities that are more people-oriented, where I can see the impact that I bring. I am a tutor for the D.C. Schools Project, teaching English literacy to a local sixth-grader. We have developed a more informal mentorship based relationship, where I can see that my mentee feels like she has someone she can trust to get advice from, regarding her school experiences. From my own experiences on this front, I feel that community driven work embodies impactful work, because you can see how meaningful these efforts can be in changing the lives of individuals.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
Working at Mann Deshi, I hope to learn more about the community based outreach at nonprofits, with a local focus on issues such as female empowerment. I think that this will give me a new perspective about the kind of work that I hope to do after graduation.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I applied to GU Impacts because I wanted a more cohesive experience between the work that I do on campus and my professional experiences over the summer. The fellowship component interested me, especially the training before working with the partner and the reflection activities after the project. I was looking to broaden my horizons beyond the government policy-focused internships that I have done in the past, and I wanted a change in perspective. I was hoping to find an opportunity that allows me to see how nonprofits work on tackling some of the same challenges, using different methods on a smaller-scale.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
I think that what distinguishes GU Impacts from other service programs is its unique social impact lens on solving global challenges. It facilitates a different kind of experience than a community service trip, because it allows us to work with the organizations that are trying to create change on a bigger scale, serving more than just one community.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Hear this, young men and women everywhere, and proclaim it far and wide. The earth is yours and the fullness thereof. Be kind, but be fierce. You are needed now more than ever before. Take up the mantle of change. For this is your time.” – Winston Churchill
What are you currently reading?
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling