My name is Karl Rivera and I am a 20 year old mover and shaker.
I am a scholar at Wheaton College independently studying Visual Sociology.
Before going to sleep, my thoughts wander to community galvanization and development, using photography as a means for social change and finding creative ways to catalyze change in others.
Here’s a (condensed) timeline of some standout moments from the past few years:
- In 2011, I spoke at South by Southwest on how the youth under 25 are using social media to rebuild communities.
- In 2012, I graduated from high school and was awarded a Posse Scholarship to Wheaton College.
- In 2013, I created and spearheaded a leadership development initiative on my campus.
- In 2014, I was awarded a Mellon Foundation grant to do research on social inequality in New York. I then set off on a four month adventure studying Urban Planning, Politics and Development in New York, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dakar, Senegal; and Ahmedabad, India.
- And now in 2015, I am managing the Rethinking Communities Project on my campus. Additionally, I will be taking my talents to Ireland this summer for a 21 day arts intensive.
It just keeps getting better and better.