Dalvin Butler - Georgetown University, Government
First and foremost, one of the most critical organizations that is responsible for enriching my growing leadership skills and serving as a source of limitless encouragement is undoubtedly, the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). As a child, I was enrolled in several classes at the EOYDC including: culinary arts, martial arts, and ceramic arts that would serve as the building block for my passion for the Arts, and perhaps, giving me the energy to create my own talk show The Hoya Experience on GUTV at Georgetown University. Prior to being an undergraduate student at Georgetown, I attained such prestigious accolades of becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar, a CBS-KPIX Student Rising Above recipient and an EOYDC Pathway to College awardee. These achievements would compliment my adventure as a needy college student in Washington, D.C.
In a matter of a week my life will change forever, I will be officially a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Government being thrust out into the “real world” for the first time. While I have been admitted into the Teach For America program stationed in Hawaii, it will be awfully challenging for me to begin the process of packing my residence hall room after such an amazing journey. Over the past four years at Georgetown, I have acquired a lengthy resume to say the least. Student body government occupied the bulk of my spare time, I served in the following capacities: a Student Activities Commissioner charged with allocating roughly $300,000 to over 100 organizations, Vice President of External Affairs for Inter-Residence Hall Association representing Georgetown University at regional and national conferences approving business and financial legislation, and a member of the College Academic Council where my colleagues and I worked closely with the College Dean’s Office to implement curriculum for the Business minor.
When I am not leading efforts to make change on Georgetown’s campus, I am gaining experience as an aspiring politician in many governmental offices. In the past fours I have had the distinct pleasure of working in Mayor Ronald V. Dellums’ Office, interning in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Office, assisting the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in the Sexual Assault and Mental Health unit, acting as an aide to BART Director Carole Ward Allen and becoming a Fannie Lou Hamer fellow in 2012 advocating for Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader. In the recent 2012 presidential election, I canvassed for President Barack Obama in the Washington, D.C. area and attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. EOYDC Executive Director Regina Jackson would later give me the opportunity of a lifetime, a ticket to attend President Obama’s second inauguration on Capitol Hill. The inaugural ceremony was truly a breathtaking.
During winter break in January 2013, I was thrilled to travel to Europe for the very first time on an European Discovery excursion with Contiki, an Australian traveling agency visiting: London, UK; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; and Lucerne, Switzerland. This was an extraordinary chapter in my life to able to see the Sistine Chapel, The Louvre, the Coliseum, the Eiffel Tower and London Tower Bridge. Previously in 2012, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to assist Ecuadorian children speak English in the public schools and provided care for the many children in the street markets working to help their families stay afloat economically. I embarked on the trip as a result of reading about NGO International Volunteer HQ during my junior year of college. My life has been filled with terrific educational opportunities and life changing experiences that I will treasure for eternity.