Bakers get set for National Doughnut Week

first_imgCraft bakers around the country are gearing up for National Doughnut Week from 10-17 May with a host of exciting ideas to help raise funds for the event’s chosen charity The Children’s Trust.Townend Bakery in Liverpool has developed a limited edition star-shaped doughnut for the week, while Corner Bakery in Preston has persuaded one member of staff to dress up as a giant doughnut. The store also expects an appearance from a Preston North End footballer, who will take part in a doughnut-eating competition.Meanwhile, Simon Reynolds of A&E Barrow & Sons in Kent is planning to get his entire family involved in the celebrations. In previous years Simon’s son has sold doughnuts to his classmates to raise awareness of the scheme and has organised an art competition where pupils submitted artwork to the bakery to be displayed in the cafe. This year, the family are keen to get involved again and members of the local press are being invited to visit the bakery.BakeMark UK, which is supporting the event, hopes to raise £50,000 this year for The Children’s Trust. Last year, over 600 people took part in National Doughnut Week, raising almost £40,000.last_img read more

Traditionals with a twist sand cake by Fiona Burrel

first_imgSand Cake is one of the recipes in Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. The cake is made using a mixture of cornflour and rice flour or ground rice, and the tin is dusted with crushed ratafia biscuits. The cake is flavoured with lemon zest and the resulting texture is quite close and moist, but gritty.This version is a Chocolate and Orange Sand Cake and has Amaretti biscuits lining the tin. It is a really good option for people who prefer a plain cake with their coffee.This recipe has cocoa powder in it but it can be made using melted dark chocolate. If you want to serve this as a gluten-free cake, check that you have gluten-free Amaretti biscuits and baking powder.Chocolate and Orange Sand CakeIngredientsButter for greasingAmaretti biscuits, crushed8Butter225gCaster sugar225gGrated rind of oranges2Eggs-beaten4Cornflour225gGround rice35gCocoa powder25gBaking powder5mlIcing sugar for dustingMethod1. Grease a 900g loaf tin with melted butter and dust with crushed Amaretti biscuits.2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Add the orange rind.3. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition.4. Sieve the cornflour, ground rice, cocoa powder and baking powder together and add to the cake mixture. Fold in carefully and turn into the prepared tin.5. Bake in the centre of the oven, heated to a 180C, for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 170C and cover with a piece of damp greaseproof paper. Continue to cook for another 30-40 minutes. It is ready when the top springs back when lightly pressed.6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out. When cold, dust with sieved icing sugar.last_img read more

UK retail affected by late summer

first_imgUK retail sales were up 0.7% on a like-for-like basis from September 2012, according to the British Retail Consortium.Published in the Retail Sales Monitor, on a total basis, sales were up 2.4%, against a 3.4% increase in September 2012. The Monitor reported that food experienced a decline in like-for-like sales. Helen Dickinson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The BRC-KPMG data shows that while total retail sales have continued to grow this month, it has been the weakest growth so far this year if you exclude Easter distortions. Grocery sales have been particularly hard-hit.“Retailers are hiring extra staff and readying their offer for the crucial Christmas period at the moment, so they will be looking at these figures closely as they gear up for the festive season.” David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, said that the figures will act as a “reality check” for retailers.“The slowdown in food and drink sales performance reflects the battleground for market share among the grocers,” added McCorquodale. “The stark fact is the retail recovery remains fragile and in the lead-up to Christmas, retailers, which are generally carrying less stock than in prior years, will need to manage promotional activity carefully to maintain margins.”last_img read more

AIBI Congress to focus on bakery of the future

first_imgJonathan Warburton and Sir John Timpson are among speakers at an event being billed as the UK’s biggest bakery conference.The International Association of Plant Bakeries (Association Internationale de la Boulangerie Industrielle/AIBI) is holding its 36th biennial congress from 30 May to 2 June 2019 at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.With a theme of ‘The Bakery of the Future’, the event will be hosted by Cyrille Filott, global strategist for consumer foods, at food and agribusiness bank Rabobank. The speakers will include:Jonathan Warburton – who oversaw Warburton’s transition from a local family business to one of the UK’s leading bakery brandsSir John Timpson – chairman of 900-store shoe repair and key cutting chain Timpson’s, who will share how his radical management thinking can benefit the bakery sectorRobb MacKie – president and CEO of the American Bakers’ Association (ABA), who will give an update on the latest trends in the USSebastian Marcu – founder of Bake in Space, which seeks to address the challenges relating to production of fresh food in spaceJimmy Griffin – head of a four-generation Irish family business and coach of the Ireland team, which won gold in the European Bakery Championships.“This year’s event will be an exciting opportunity for the whole industry – large and small bakers right through to the supply chain including millers and ingredient manufacturers – to network and discuss the key issues facing the bakery sector,” said AIBI president Joseph Street.“Manchester has a rich industrial heritage, including the food industry, and we look forward to welcoming delegates from the UK, Europe and the US.”Founded in Paris in 1956, the AIBI comprises 16 national member organisations including the UK’s Federation of Bakers. The AIBI’s key task is to represent its members’ interests, especially concerning European and international institutions such as the EU Commission, European Council and European Parliament.last_img read more

Incredible Early Footage From Tool Performance In 1991 Emerges Online [Watch]

first_imgWith so much anticipation surrounding a new Tool album, it’s easy to forget just how long that band has been a tour de force of rock music. The band formed in 1990, and perfected their sound over two years in the Los Angeles area. While they mostly practiced in private, the band did play locally, including a performance on October 7th, 1991 at the Hollywood, CA venue Club With No Name, opening for a band called Too Free Stooges.Though the band wouldn’t be signed until 1992, the group did perform two of their classic early songs, “Hush” and “Sober.” The former would appear on their major label debut Opiate, and the latter was featured on Undertow. This new video footage – which was uploaded by Ricky Oliphant – showcases the band in their very earliest days. Still, you can see the Tool’s musical magic with every note.Watch “Hush” and “Sober” from a Tool performance 25 years ago, streaming below.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Share Full Videos From Great North Fest Performance

first_imgSetlist: The Disco Biscuits at Great North: Music & Arts Festival, Minot, ME – 9/9/16I: The Overture-> Papercut-(DJ Switch)-> Strobelights & Martinis-> Lunar Pursuit-> Dub Dribble-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending)II: Morph Dusseldorf-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Triumph-> King of the World, Story of the World[Photo via tDB Facebook page // Jake Wisdom Photography] This weekend ushered in the Great North: Music & Arts Festival, treating fans in Minot, ME to a great night of transformational music. Among the festival’s many performances was a great, two-set showing from The Disco Biscuits. The band came ready to play, continuing their trend of high energy performances in 2016.Though the band wasn’t able to reliably stream their sets, they fortunately still brought a video crew to capture the show. Even more fortunately, they’ve shared the full videos from the show! Watch both sets in full below, with the full setlist at the bottom.last_img read more

PODCAST: Spafford Talks Baker’s Dozen Late-Night; Randall Bramblett On WSP, Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce

first_imgIn the most recent Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth podcast, Seth Weiner sits down for a quick interview with Arizona-based jammers Spafford prior to their Electric Forest set first weekend, and the duo caught up with journeyman Randall Bramblett in-studio to chat about his most recent album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World (set for a July 7th release via New West Records), and the recent passings of friends Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Sea Level bandmate Jimmy Nalls.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsIn the Spafford interview, Red Johnson, Brian Moss, Jordan Fairless, and newest addition to the band, drummer Cameron Laforest, sit down with Seth to discuss their upcoming Phish Baker’s Dozen late-night on Saturday, August 5th at BB King Blues Club [**only a few tickets left! Purchase here**], the recent announcement of their extensive Fall Tour, and the possibility of throwing their own festival in their home state of Arizona.The group chats about their hopes to eventually host an Arizona-based festival of their own: “We definitely think about it, we think about it all the time….and want to do it in Arizona. We want people to come and experience, and hang out just outside of Phoenix in December, and go watch music outside. You can be in the East freezing, or out West in the sunshine. Eventually we are going to get people to come and see why we’ve been out there doing what we’ve been doing.”Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins Join Spafford At Electric Forest [Videos]Discussing their upcoming late-night show in New York City during Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, “We started this year, basically, in New York after Phish, doing two nights at American Beauty and it was amazing for everyone involved. We’re just happy to be able to do that again, especially at the culmination of an event like this, with Phish doing this residency in their way, and at the very end of it we will be there.”Spafford continues their busy summer (and into the fall) with appearances at The Peach Festival, Werk Out Festival, Suwannee Hulaween, Dominican Holidaze, and the inaugural Canyon Jam in Colorado at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre w/ The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, and more. Be sure to check out their fan-based website Spaffnerds.com for show and setlist history, as well as fan discussions about the band.After the conversation with the Spafford guys, the episode moves into a fantastic interview with Jessup, GA native journeyman musician Randall Bramblett. The blues/folk/gospel singer/multi-instrumentalist talks in depth about his truly incredible musical resume, including extensive touring with the Gregg Allman Band, Steve Winwood and Traffic, Widespread Panic, Levon Helm, and the Muscle Shoals Allstars, opening for the Grateful Dead and having Jerry Garcia, Chuck Leavell, and more sit in with him onstage.In the podcast episode, Bramblett shares a track from his latest studio album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World, and one from his last album, Devil Music. Bramblett chats about how he came to meet and play with fellow Georgia rockers Widespread Panic, whom he has recorded and toured with many times over the years, “I met them when they were doing their early albums, they would need a horns or something. I was the sax guy in the area, and was working a lot at John Keane’s studio. John and I had done records together, so since he was working with them, they asked me to come in.”“Garbage Man”He explains the challenge of coming in to play with a band known for its extensive jamming, “It’s a big adjustment, because nobody quite plays like they do. With [Steve] Winwood, somebody plays a solo and everybody plays around them. With Panic, they’re all playing lead things and taking songs and jams to places where they don’t even know where it’s going. They are just going out there and trying things, not just in the solo sections, but maybe a part at the end section might turn into a whole new song. They just go for it.” He played on the tour when Michael Houser was diagnosed with cancer and, eventually, passed away: “It was sad and intense. Me and George [McConnell] were both there. It’s like we were waiting in the background for Mikey to leave. It was weird, but they wanted to continue this tour.”The losses of friends such as Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Jimmy Nalls were particularly tough on Bramblett. On Col. Bruce: “We [initially] passed each other and met briefly back in the 70’s, but hadn’t crossed too much until Panic asked us to start guesting. Panic en la Playa was when we really got to get to know each other….he is like no other.”On the recent passing of Gregg Allman, and getting the opportunity to tell the Allman Brothers legend how much he appreciated playing with him: “When we were doing the solo things, Gregg was in a different world. We didn’t hang much at that time. I got to chat with Gregg more later on, because we would run into each other at festivals, or the Atlanta Symphony thing we did with Chuck [Leavell].” He was told Allman’s health was failing and to reach out via text, as the singer couldn’t speak, “It feels so much better to let someone go, after you said what you needed to say to them. It helps to be able to voice, whatever it is, appreciation, respect, gratitude….”Randall Bramblett will be touring in support of his latest release throughout the summer. For more information and tour dates, check out his website and purchase his last album, Devil Music, here. To order his latest release, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World (out July 7th), click here.Listen to this week’s full episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner & Seth below, featuring Rob and Seth’s complete interviews with Spafford and Randall Bramblett below:Upcoming episodes of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth will feature interviews with Phish’s Jon Fishman, Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and many more. Stay tuned!**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**[Josh Thane is a music engineer at Wonderdog Sound Studios and edits all Inside Out podcasts. Cover photo via Bear Prandelli (Spafford)]You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:The Zipper Club Brings Their Punk Universe To Shaky Knees FestivalJen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & More You can catch Spafford and an extensive lineup of incredible pre- and post- shows during Phish’s upcoming Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden in New York City. You can check out our Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late Nights here.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Offers “Two Step” Tour Debut To Close Indiana Run [Photo]

first_imgPhoto: Phierce Photo Photo: Phierce Photo Photo: Phierce Photo On Saturday, Dave Matthews Band continued their ongoing summer tour with the second and final show of a run at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN. While Friday night saw the group offer a crowd-pleasing cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer” and tour debuts of Before These Crowded Streets tracks “Pig” and “The Stone”, on Saturday night, the group stayed close to their original catalog, sans covers.Highlights of the performance included the set-closing rendition of “Two Step”, marking the tour’s debut of the number off 1996’s Crash, as well as Matthews’ spirited solo during a take on “Here On Out”, a new number off the band’s recently released Come Tomorrow.“Two Step”center_img Load remaining images [Video: Mike Solomon]“Here On Out”[Video: Matt Volz]Next up, Dave Matthews Band heads to Ontario for a pair of performances next week. From there, they will hit Saratoga Springs, New York, for their customary run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. For a full list of Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website.You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center | Noblesville, IN | 7/7/2018Set: Do You Remember, What Would You Say, Stay Or Leave, So Much To Say, Grey Street, Come Tomorrow, So Right, Hunger For The Great Light, You Might Die Trying, Cant Stop, Dancing Nancies, Warehouse, Here On Out *, Lying In the Hands of God, Rhyme And Reason, Shake Me Like a Monkey, Granny, Two StepEncore: Come On Come On, Ants Marching* Dave soloDave Matthews Band | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center | Noblesville, IN | 7/7/18 | Photo: Phierce Photolast_img read more

Jackie Greene Announces 2019 Spring Run

first_imgSinger/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene has announced his 100% Greene spring tour.Jackie will open up the brief run with a two-night stand at Denver, CO’s Ophelia’s on May 10th and 11th followed by stops at various City Winery locations including Washington, D.C. on May 16th, New York City on May 17th, and Boston on May 19th.In 2018, Jackie Greene released a 6-song EP entitled The Modern Lives Vol 2., the second EP of the series. He recorded the album entirely solo, handling all instrumental and vocal duties. Jackie has long collaborated with many of the greats in the jam band scene, including Phil Lesh & Friends and The Black Crowes, but over the past year, he’s focused his efforts on his own music and band.Related: Jackie Greene Talks Playing All The Parts & Drawing Inspiration From LimitationsTickets for Jackie’s upcoming run of shows go on sale this Friday, February 22nd.For more information and a full list of Jackie Greene’s upcoming performances, head to his website.last_img read more

Q&A with Alicia Oeser

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust recently announced that new resources would be allocated to bolster the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), which was created in 2003. The Harvard Gazette sat down with the office’s new director, Alicia Oeser, to discuss the dual mission of providing support services to those who have experienced sexual assault and offering education and outreach programs to decrease the incidence of sexual assault on campus. Oeser also helps staff the recently created Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Violence.GAZETTE: Can you describe the office’s mission?OESER: OSAPR has a dual mission. The primary focus is responding to survivors, anyone who has already experienced a sexual assault, who has been in an abusive relationship, experienced stalking, harassment, anything that falls under that umbrella. We offer immediate crisis counseling; short term, one-on-one conversations where we check in with someone and hopefully get them through their roughest moments. If long-term therapy seems like it would be helpful, we refer them somewhere else. We’ll walk students directly over to Student Mental Health Services. We’ll recommend someone we’ve worked with in the past so that there’s some sort of personal connection, and I think that that helps build rapport.We also offer medical advocacy and help students navigate their legal options. If somebody chooses to go to the hospital following a sexual assault, Harvard University Police Department and Harvard University Health Services are both trained to call OSAPR. We will come to campus, wherever the students happen to be, and drive them to the hospital so they don’t have to go in a squad car or in an ambulance. Then we will stay with them, make sure they are comfortable, make sure they know what their rights are, and then we get them home. We also follow up with them to make sure if there is anything else they need we are offering it, although it’s not infrequent that somebody says, “No thank you, I just want to move on.” But we’ll still maintain a relationship where we check in to say: “Is everything OK? Have you changed your mind? Is there anything you want to come in and talk about?” So we try to give people multiple connection points.Assistance with navigating the legal system might include helping with filing a police report, or going to court for a restraining order, order of protection, no-contact order, the whole gamut of what somebody might need in terms of protective services. If somebody wanted to pursue a criminal justice case and go through the process of working with prosecutors, we would help them do that.I think it’s important that people know those services are available to anyone in the University community. Graduate and professional students are welcome and encouraged to call us.The second mission of the office is to decrease incidents of sexual assault, and we do that through prevention work, including education and outreach programs. All freshmen entering Harvard College will have exposure to the OSAPR. They see a skit about healthy relationships and consent followed by a 45-minute workshop led by trained peer educators. They discuss the different tools you can use to promote safety on campus using “bystander intervention,” an approach that gets students to think about all the points where they can intervene before a sexual assault occurs.We also work with a range of student groups and sports teams. They reach out to us, and we count on them to do that because it’s a pretty tough sell to say: “Come talk about rape.” People aren’t lining up out the door to have that conversation. It’s such an emotional, tough topic. We have to find other ways to reach students, and getting their peers involved is critical.We also meet with sororities, fraternities, and social clubs, which surprises people. This year we will have worked with every single final club, and that is voluntary.GAZETTE: Can you tell me more about the hotline?OESER: The hotline is in operation 24/7. That’s weekends, holidays, summer, anything. The idea is that people don’t have to sit on questions, anxiety, fear alone. If something comes up at 3 in the morning, if somebody is studying and can’t focus because of something that happened a long time ago, and they just need to talk about it, we are there. If someone had a conversation with their friend and they are concerned and don’t know who to talk to, and they don’t want to betray their friend’s privacy, we are there. The hotline isn’t just for emergencies for people who were sexually assaulted moments ago. The hotline is for anyone. It’s meant to be a full-service resource.GAZETTE: Can you tell me about the student groups that are involved with your office?OESER: The first group is Response peer counseling, and they specialize in sexual assault. The idea is that if people are intimidated by staff or are not comfortable calling us, there’s another option out there for them. The second group is CAARE, which stands for consent, assault awareness, and relationship educators. The CAARE students are our peer educators, who are responsible for programming and curriculum design. The third student group is Harvard Men Against Rape. They get together and talk about events in the news and violence in pop culture and how that relates to campus life and how masculinity is a factor in this. Anyone who wants to be part of this group is welcome. But the idea is to encourage the presence of men as agents who challenge the attitudes of other men and society as a whole in order to reduce sexual violence.GAZETTE: Why is it important that students can come to the office confidentially?OESER: OSAPR provides one of the few confidential reporting options for students and others. Because of our Title IX obligations as a University, there aren’t a lot of spaces where that’s possible.Certainly student mental health services, medical providers, and any clergy members will maintain confidentiality. Other staff — for instance, tutors and proctors, people college students maybe see as their front line — keep information private but may need to share it with a Title IX coordinator. Sharing information with tutors, proctors, and other staff puts the University on notice, so they may have to respond.In contrast, when you come to OSAPR, our staff is legally allowed to keep your information confidential. We maintain only anonymous statistics for the Clery Act so individual student information stays between the student and OSAPR. It’s not something that moves anywhere beyond here. Giving people this confidential option is really significant in increasing the number of reports that we are able to receive. Making sure that people can discuss their situation confidentially helps them know it’s OK to make that first phone call.GAZETTE: How is the office’s role different from the roles of the University’s Title IX officer or the Title IX coordinators at each of Harvard’s Schools?OESER: The idea behind having both advocacy services at OSAPR as well as Title IX coordinators in the Schools is to provide students with multiple options at Harvard. Mia Karvonides, the University’s Title IX officer, is the expert on Title IX, and maintains an open-door policy to discuss the role of her office and the role that the Title IX coordinators play at each of Harvard’s Schools. Unquestionably, I can say that having Title IX coordinators at each of the Schools increases options for survivors, should they decide to come forward.Both the School-based Title IX coordinators and OSAPR are dedicated to providing students with the support they need. Both should be well known as options for students.But our office, OSAPR, is in a unique position. It isn’t our job to sort out the facts when a student tells us about an assault, which means we do not have to remain neutral. We take what they tell us at face value and figure out how we can support them. When somebody sits down in front of us, we are going to talk to them about what brought them in. We are going to have a conversation based on how they respond. Our job is to say: “We believe you. What do you need now?” And make sure that that’s available. We can help students access options or accommodations, including Title IX coordinators, but because we are confidential there is no obligation to move forward in any capacity beyond what the student chooses. We are meant to be a safe space for survivors, and we do this through a commitment to confidential, non-directive service.GAZETTE: What is the most important thing you would want people to know about your work?OESER: I think one of the easiest ways to encapsulate this is to remind people that sexual assault is something that can happen to anyone. Your race, your cultural background, your religious background, your gender, your educational background, who your family is, doesn’t matter when you are talking about sexual assault. The fact that this can happen to anyone means that this matters to everyone.The way we are invested in this conversation is by both supporting the people who unfortunately have already been there, and then helping to navigate a conversation that makes it stop. Because if we are all invested in this, that means we can all do something to stop it.GAZETTE: How did you get involved in this kind of work?OESER: I started doing this kind of work eight years ago on the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. I was getting my master’s in sociology at DePaul University, and I took this class [where] the woman who ran the city’s domestic hotline spoke. I had so many questions for her during class. Afterwards she came up to me and gave me her card and told me I should think about this kind of work. I kept thinking about it and realized it made sense.I identify as a survivor and, at the time, I was really just realizing that. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it would be great to help create community and safe spaces for people, so I decided to volunteer for the hotline. I had no intention of turning it into a career, but the minute I took my first phone call it felt right. I remember thinking, “I can do this.” That was it. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.I also worked at DePaul as their coordinator of sexual violence support services. It was a brand-new office. I was the first person to serve in the role. It was an amazing experience to get to build the program from the ground up, but night and day from coming to Harvard, where there’s already something in place. Later, I ran a transitional housing program for women with children who left abusive homes. I think that’s probably the hardest job I’ve ever had. You have to redefine success when you are looking at intersections of poverty and tremendous amounts of trauma in someone’s life. It taught me a lot about how to think creatively in finding solutions for people that are going to work for them, not solutions that are going to work for me.The last job I had before coming to Harvard was [as] the LGBT and hate crimes specialist at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office [in Illinois], where I also worked on sex crimes. There, I had the opportunity to learn the legal system inside and out and learn what the criminal justice system looks like. I feel lucky. I’ve been on the hotline, I’ve been up all night with people, I’ve been to court with them, and I’ve helped them navigate success at a college. I feel like all of that has informed what I am going to be able to do here. I am grateful for what that experience has taught me, and I am glad to get to put it to use here.last_img read more