Erick, Millennium Fellow 2014-2015

Changefire at Tufts

Erick, MCN Fellow 2014 - 2015

Erick is a mechanical engineering student at Tufts University. During his time at Tufts he has been involved with many activities on and off campus. His freshman year, he co-founded and facilitated an empowerment program (with a focus on community building) for low income youth in Somerville, MA. The same year he also served as media director and mechanic for the bike-sharing organization at his university, Tufts Bikes, while partaking in a leadership role of the Baha'i Student Association at Tufts. In engineering, he has worked on multiple projects including the design and construction of a manned electric race car, as well as the development of a patent-pending reconnaissance glider. He now serves as director of the non-profit ChangeFire's operations at Tufts. His interests are varied but the projects he finds most fulfilling are those that allow him to incorporate academics skills and service to others.

How has the MCN Fellowship made a difference in your organization?

Simply seeing everything that students our age, around us, are doing here in Boston is inspiring and motivational in and of itself. Getting to exchange ideas with and receive feedback from this group of students, i.e. the MCN fellows, is something very valuable to me personally and to my organization on the whole. On top of that, the coaching sessions with Abigail have been an incredible support and I genuinely don't think my organization would be where it is now without her support.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— john F. Kennedy