Joining Forces is excited to welcome our new Data Intern Qurat-ul-ain ("Qurat") Haider to the team! Qurat comes to us as part of an internship program at UIC, where she is a Fulbright Scholar studying to earn her master's degree in urban planning and policy. She earned her bachelor's degree in law at the University of Punjab, Pakistan.
Our first Community Highlight celebrates our amazing intern Adrian Brown!
An Evanston native, Adrian graduated from Niles North High School. He received his associates of arts at Oakton College, and will be completing his bachelors in social work at NEIU this Spring!
Supporting others has always been a passion for Adrian. While at Oakton, he took a course on social problems. In the course, they built cardboard boxes that they slept in on campus, which was an insightful and eye-opening moment for him. This was how he discovered his passion for social work for people experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness.
I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, with a deep connection to my community. I experienced the importance that community can have in the development of youth early in life; my mother is a teacher who works with primarily Black and brown elementary children, and my father – a veteran turned chef – would often volunteer as a coach for youth sports, acting as a father-figure for many of the boys in the community. After graduating high school in Delaware, I attended Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in Social Policy in 2018 with a concentration in health policy.