Connor Kirkpatrick

Connor Kirkpatrick
Connor Kirkpatrick
Connor Kirkpatrick

Student U Advancement Writing Associate

email: connor.kirkpatrick@studentudurham.org



Connor's primary responsibility is to tell the story of Student U to investors to make the work of Student U possible and help craft Student U’s message in our communication materials to our broader audience. He also works in our afterschool Year Round Program as a Family Head, where he gets to mentor and coach a group of 10-12 Student U 7th grade students, who he first taught at the 2018 Summer Academy.

Connor's Why:
As a guiding principle, I believe that young people are assets to our communities with the capacity to contribute to real world issues. I strongly believe in youth voice and authenticity. Our students are capable of AMAZING things and I am proud to lift up their narratives as they grow into their immense potential. There are very few organizations that serve youth that also include young people in decision making processes, and Student U does this well and it feels really special to work at a place that cares so much about its students and families.

Connor outside of Student U:
It is SO important to me to live with joy and laughter! I laugh a lot. It’s not a cute laugh, more like a cackle, and you will hear me down the halls. I also enjoy running and reading! I majored in English as an undergraduate and I continue to love reading poetry and the classics, along with young adult fiction so I have some recommendations ready to go for my students. I recently ran a half marathon and am usually training for something. I also LOVE sauce and condiments and am quite a foodie. If you take me to a restaurant, I can usually rank all of their sauces and tell you which one is optimal for which food(s). Ask me to break down a dance move if you’re brave and want to have an impromptu hoedown.

Advice Connor finds valuable:
In order to change a negative mindset, you must reframe the current narrative you are working with and return to your why. There is power when you can reframe.

 


 

Other organizations Connor is involved with:
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and Shining Hope Farms

Colleges:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course of study:
English and Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Student U start date:
September 2019