Originally from Brookfield, Illinois, Isabel Petkov lives in West Lafayette with her parents, Chris & Ivan, and her sisters, Claire (16) & Anna (13). She graduated from Harrison High School and now attends Indiana University, where she’s majoring in Law & Public Policy with a minor in Spanish, and was a member of the Civic Leaders Living Learning Community. With the LLC, Isabel volunteered at a homeless shelter and community garden and registered people to vote.
At LUM this summer, Isabel volunteered with the Immigration Clinic— translating, meeting with clients, and assisting the director. While in high school, she also volunteered with the LUM After School Program. The experience reminded Isabel of something her grandmother tells her often — “Tomorrow’s Never Promised.” She now realizes that every little thing she does to assist someone in need has an impact. She shared,
“Working with clients at LUM has been eye-opening. The Immigration Clinic is really needed and necessary. The LUM staff is welcoming, hard-working and thorough. It’s been rewarding to know, even ‘I’ can help.”
This work has given Isabel a lot to think about as she develops her plan of study at IU and starts thinking about her career and advanced degrees.
In addition to school and volunteering, Isabel loves hanging out with her friends, supporting her sisters’ activities, reading — and occasionally listening to K-Pop.
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Meet Kathrine Schulze — the new LUM Summer Intern.
She grew up and lives in West Lafayette with her parents, Diane Stott and Darrell Schulze — who both work in the College of Agriculture at Purdue. Her older brother, Brian, is married and living in Lafayette. The family members attend First United Methodist Church, West Lafayette. A graduate of West Lafayette High School, Kathrine is currently a senior at Indiana University—Bloomington.
Kathrine is majoring in both journalism and history with a minor in law & public policy; and has been active with the Indiana Daily Student, the daily campus newspaper at IU, serving as the managing editor this past spring. After graduation in May 2017, she plans on attending law school and pursuing a career in international law.
At LUM, Kathrine will be working with Susan Brouillette in the Campaign for Hoosier Families and other social justice projects. Susan shared that
“given her experience as a journalist and interest in public policy, Kathrine has the perfect combination of skills to bring new energy to the Campaign for Hoosier Families. She’s only been with us two weeks and has already done amazing work.”
Kathrine personally hopes to gain experience with legislation at the State House and “the advocacy side” to complement her journalism experience.
LUM is fortunate to have Kathrine join the team for the summer. Join us in welcoming her.
Rebekah Niedner is from Valparaiso Indiana and is a student in the Graduate School of Social Work at Indiana University – Indianapolis pursuing a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Leadership. Rebekah has a BSW in Social Work and BA in Spanish from Indiana University – Bloomington.
As a LUM Intern, Rebekah is working as an advocate and counselor with the Good Samaritan Program, ID Clinic, and Case Management; and is assisting with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies program. In addition to her studies at IU and internship with LUM, Rebekah works as a paraprofessional at a local public middle school. Rebekah also enjoys staying in shape doing Zumba and cooking and eating healthy.
After graduation from IU in May 2014, Rebekah will be pursuing a career in social work. Rebekah someday wishes to be involved in community development working in a school environment educating students and families and collaborating with community agencies to develop strong individuals, strong families and a strong community.
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